I woke up this morning with the desperate desire and longing for Saturday. I’m not quite positive why, but this week has seemed to last for decades rather than 7 days, the seconds creeping rather than passing. I’m usually not like this; I avidly cherish every moment and cling to them possessively, but not this week. Anyways, as Washington, DC has slowly been warming and in celebration of the first of March, I’ve re-welcomed Bircher Muesli. It’s light, raw, and refreshing yet creamy and sweet enough to feel as if you may be sneaking a dessert for breakfast. With a odd craving for brunch, I preemptively prepared my muesli last night and basked in its glory this morning.
Bircher muesli was invented by Maximilian Bircher-Brenner, a passionate physician who believed raw foods were the key to healing his patients. Fittingly, muesli is an excellent source of complex carbohydrates, in this case in the form of fiber. Carbohydrates are your body’s primary source of energy, giving your brain, muscles, nerves and red blood cells the fuel they need to help you function and thrive throughout the day. Carbohydrates are essentially a human’s batteries, without them we’d cease to function. Although fiber is a non-energy producing form of carbohydrates (our bodies can’t digest fiber so we can’t extract energy from it and therefore can’t use it’s calories), it has been linked to lowering the risks of many chronic diseases including cancer, diabetes and obesity (for example: fiber slows the transit of food though our upper gastrointestinal tract.. this is why researchers say it helps us feel full longer, it keeps the food in our intestines for a longer period of time! If we feel full we are less likely to over eat etc.). I’d love to know if you’d like more details, I could rant but I by no means want to be a bore.
Chia & Almond Bircher Muesli [Serves 10]
4 cups uncooked rolled oats
8 tablespoons black chia seeds
2 ounces raw almonds, sliced
120 grams dried turkish apricots, sliced in half
120 grams dried dates, sliced in half
In a large jar combine all of the above ingredients. Shake the jar to ensure they are all mixed together proportionally. 8 hours before consumption, combine .66 cups of muesli with 1 cup almond milk (or liquid of choice). Cover and place in refrigerator for at least 8 hours or overnight. Serve with sliced bananas on top.
Nutritional Information (per serving)
270 Calories, 43g Carbohydrates, 7g Fat, 10g Protein
&& 10 grams Fiber