Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Muesli- A Heart Healthy Breakfast!

Whatchyouknowabout Muesli? Other than it sounds like a Russian dictator...Probably not a lot. And why would you. Most of the time we make recipes from healthy mags or cookbooks and other than looking up certain unpronouncable ingredients, the typical cook won't delve into the origins.

Growing up you were probably told good pasta comes from Italy and stink-yummy cheese from France. But little did you know in the Swiss Alps a physcian was served up a breakfast dish that eventually became what we know today as Muesli. Pronounced: Mew-slee er like this: YouTube

Although I don't typically like to pull any factual information from Wikipedia, because anyone can edit the content, I am going to go out on a limb and hope that no one is fudging around with the story of Muesli. 

Muesli was introduced around 1900 by the Swiss physician Maximilian Bircher-Benner for patients in his hospital,[1] where a diet rich in fresh fruit and vegetables was an essential part of therapy. It was inspired by a similar "strange dish" that he and his wife had been served on a hike in the Swiss Alps. Bircher-Benner himself referred to the dish simply as "d'Spys" (Swiss German for "the dish", inGerman "die Speise"). Muesli in its modern form became popular in western countries starting in the 1960s as part of increased interest in health food and vegetarian diets.Traditional muesli was eaten with orange juice and not milk.

Wikipedia goes on to tell us how there is the dry prepackaged version and the fresh version. Which is the reason I am tittlating you with all these Muesli facts! Today I made my own version of Muesli from a receipe I saved from the April 2011 issue of Oxygen Magazine.

Let me start by saying that you are supposed to prepare this recipe and allow for it to settle overnight in the refridgerator. I completely skipped this part and dove straight in. I am sure it may taste better given that overnight experience, so do what you like. 

What I like about this particular recipe is that it is NOT like the traditional Muesli Dr. Bircher-Benner was noshing on.


1 Cup Fresh Mixed Berries
1 Cup Gluten-Free Extra Thick Rolled Oats
1 Tbsp Blue Agave
1 Cup Low-fat Cottage Cheese or Greek Yogurt
1 Tbsp Crushed Almonds
1 Tsp Cinnamon

I did not take a picture of all the ingredients because I am slacking...I made it and then ate it! It was that good. Yum.

I was so excited about it, I forgot to plate it like the picture!
By the way- it makes 2 servings. 

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