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Even more awesome muesli: strawberry and pistachio style!

Just a quick post today to show you guys that I do mix up my daily muesli fix sometimes, depending on what I have in the cupboard, and today it was such a winner. I sauteed the strawberries to make a bit of a (sugarless) coulis but kept the bananas raw to change up the textures a bit, and added roughly chopped pistachios on top instead of my customary flaked almonds. It’s kind of a healthier, everyday version of my ricotta pancakes recipe – basically, I discovered how great strawberries and pistachios taste together and wanted to experiment more. (Also, I have all of these pistachios now). Image

And, although it isn’t immediately obvious from the photo (if you can tell, I am seriously, seriously impressed and confused), I’ve started mixing my oats with half apple juice and half water, instead of all apple juice. It started out as a necessary improvisation when I ran out of apple juice, but I think it’s an improvement – it cuts down on the sugar content a little bit and means you get to taste the oats a bit more, and them oats is dee-licious.

I have exciting new recipes to share (think dukkah-encrusted… oh my god) but now it’s time to put that breakfast energy to good use and go for a quick run before uni! Happy muesli-ing, everyone!

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Chia up!

So, my plan for today went something like this: get up, go to work, come home from work, eat, collapse.

BUT my shift was cancelled, and there’s nothing that gets me more motivated than an unexpected day off. It’s a freebie! Anything you get done on this day is a bonus! Go forth and be productive, and then revel in your accomplishments!

I started off by getting back on the running horse, so to speak. I’ve been using a program called ‘Couch to 10k‘, which I highly recommend – there are a plethora of iPhone and Android apps that will help you follow the program, and it basically trains you up from being a gasping-for-air, can’t-run-for-more-than-a-minute-without-exploding mess into a running machine.* You start out running for 60 seconds, walking for 90, running for 60 and so on, up to a total of 30 minutes. Then the next week you might run for 90 seconds, walk for 90, run for 90 (etc) until eventually you’ve built up your fitness to the point where you can run for 30 minutes, no problemo. I got to that point and was very excited until I realised that the next part of the program trains you up to run for an hour non-stop… aaaugh. So today, since I haven’t been running for a while, I just did the 5k (30 minute run). But my aim this year is to be able to finish a 10k without stopping… I’ll keep you guys posted!

After my run I was pretty keen for some sustenance, so it was time to break out the muesli, this time with an exciting new ingredient: chia seeds!

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I’ve been hearing about chia seeds a lot lately – they’re often termed a ‘superfood’ since they contain loads of iron, vitamin C, protein, calcium and omega 3. They’re crazy little things – if you get them wet, they sort of swell up and form a gel, so apparently they’re used as an egg replacement in vegan baking! Sounds strange, but they add a nice bit of texture to my daily muesli fix and the extra protein certainly doesn’t go astray when you’ve just been for a big ol’ sweaty run!

After running a few errands in the afternoon and scoffing down the last of my cauliflower soup, it was time to head to vinyasa yoga. I practise at Absolute Yoga and love it – every time you go to a class there’s something different you can work on. Today I managed to stay up for a few breaths in tripod headstand with my thighs on my arms, but bound headstand was another story… I’m still struggling to balance with my knees bent. Still, with every class there’s a bit more of a pause before I go tumbling down to the ground, and if that’s not progress, I don’t know what is!

Have a great Tuesday evening… I think I might go back to my original plan for the day and collapse now. Until next time!

*This program will not turn you into a treadmill. I’m just bad at analogies.

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Muesli = freaking awesome.

Today’s breakfast is pretty standard for me – or it has become pretty standard in the summer months, anyway. Before I started making a conscious effort to eat healthily, I would usually be running out the door to get to uni on time, and my weekday breakfast was often two slices of toast with Vegemite to be scoffed hastily in the car. Unsurprisingly, I was starving by the time lunch came around, and a mid-morning snack was generally required to tide me over. Two bits of bread just don’t give you the nutrients you need to get you going in the morning; they’ll fill you up for a short time and then leave you needing to eat more. In the end they’re just carbs – and carbs aren’t bad per se, but In the morning, you need protein and slow-acting, low-GI foods so you have the energy to do stuff!

So, my new breakfast routine was born. Muesli!

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This is my ‘holiday breakfast’:

  • 45g multigrain oats
  • 100% apple juice
  • 80g low-fat vanilla yoghurt (I like Dairy Farmers Thick and Creamy 98% Fat Free Country Vanilla)
  • 6g honey
  • 6g flaked almonds
  • 1 banana
  • Non-starchy fruit of your choice – today I went with strawberries, but apricots and nectarines are also winners!
  • Cup of tea

Weigh out your oats in a bowl and add just enough apple juice to soften them a bit, stirring as you go. When you’ve got a nice texture going, leave them to soak and cut up your fruit into pieces. Chuck the fruit into a non-stick pan and sear for 1-2 minutes, then flip over to caramelise the other side. Pour the yoghurt on top of your oats, add a small drizzle of honey and your fruit, and top with flaked almonds. Devour.

The whole thing comes out to around 433 calories, which is damn good for breakfast if you’re planning on doing a bit of physical activity in the morning – it’s delicious and full of good stuff that will keep you going. However, if you’re not having a particularly active day, or you’re looking for something a bit more comforting, might I recommend:

PORRIDGE!

Sounds a bit non-exciting, right? But porridge is just a wintery version of muesli, and like muesli it takes on the characteristics of whatever bits and pieces you feel like piling on top of it. This year I discovered Uncle Toby’s ‘quick oats’ sachets, which are a lifesaver if you’re in a hurry. You rip the top off, pour the contents into a bowl, fill the empty packet up to the line with your milk of choice (I’m an almond milk girl, but we’ll get to that), put that in your bowl, and microwave for 90 seconds. 90 seconds happens to be the perfect amount of time to chop up a banana and some long-life fruit (prunes are great, and not as old-ladyish as they seem, I swear!) and get your almonds ready to go – then BAM, everything goes in the bowl and you’ve got a nutritious breakfast ready to go in less than the amount of time your boring old Vegemite toast would take you.

The breakdown goes like this:

  • 35g sachet Uncle Toby’s multigrain oats
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 banana
  • 3 prunes
  • 6g flaked almonds

Total: 380 calories.

This was my standard winter pre-uni breakfast for many months, and it got me off to such a good start every morning. I’m a little bit against all these meal plans you see in magazines that have crazy, exciting breakfast ideas – I mean, I love creative food a lot but who has time to pan-sear salmon or make curried avocado before uni, especially if it’s not a recipe you’re used to? Get up, make your damn delicious oaty breakfast with your delicious fruit and nuts and get on with the day, I say. There’s nothing wrong with having a breakfast routine, especially if it’s something that you can wake up and look forward to eating. Which I do, every day, especially when I have time to make my holiday muesli. Mmmm, caramelised banana…

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