After watching Jamie Oliver’s ‘Sugar Rush’ documentary, there’s an eerie space on the pantry shelf where boxes of supermarket breakfast cereals once stood.
That’s not to say that we’ve taken the bold step to quit sugar all together (we tried that for a few months just over a year ago and it proved to be a step too far). Instead we are ‘avoiding’ sugar and cutting out commercial, sugary breakfast cereals seemed like a good place to start.
My lovely husband has for a long time been a fan of this Everyday Healthy Cereal (it’s refined sugar free), but the rest of the family need more convincing – after all it’s going to take some time when your palate is conditioned to yearn for some early morning sweetness.
So let’s see what we can do to pimp up the Everyday Healthy Cereal and turn it into a fruity Bircher Muesli (or ‘overnight oats depending on where you herald from). You could also make this with a good quality ready made muesli – you know the kind that isn’t all dust and has a generous amount of nuts and dried fruits in the mix. I like this one from Dorset Cereals.
Admittedly there’s natural sugars in this everyday breakfast dish, but it feels like a step forward nevertheless. And put together in jars, they can sit in the fridge for a couple of days until they’re needed – great for when you’re busy and on the run. Oh and they taste delicious and keep the hunger pangs away for ages as well.
This is also a great option for our early morning swimmers who are breakfasting at silly o’clock. At that time in the morning the brain hasn’t fully engaged so a breakfast that only requires taking the lid off a jar must be good.
That’ll be thumbs up all round.
- 150g (5oz) Everyday Healthy Cereal or your favourite unsweetened muesli - choose one containing plenty of nuts and fruits
- the juice of 3 medium oranges
- 1 apple, grated (leave the skin on)
- 150-200g (3-4oz) Greek yoghurt
- a drizzle of maple syrup (optional)
- Place the Everyday Healthy Cereal (or your favourite muesli) into a large bowl and add the juice of the oranges and the grated apple. Combine well.
- Divide the mixture between 2 or 3 glasses or jars and put a generous dollop of Greek yoghurt on the top of each.
- Cover - either with cling film or a lid - and store in the fridge overnight.
- Serve with a drizzle of maple syrup, if you have a sweeter tooth, or as it is.
- The Bircher muesli will keep happily in the fridge for 2 or 3 days.