Though I have mentioned that I’m somewhat of a wanna-be foodie, I’ve never really… actually… blogged about food in general. But that’s about to change starting with this one.
For the past few weeks I have been eating1 to eating Muesli, a Swiss breakfast cereal consisting of uncooked grains (rolled oats, wheat, rye, triticale, barley), seeds and nuts (sunflower seeds, walnuts, almonds) and some fruit (raisins and dates). There’s no sugar or any sweetener added to this raw, organic cereal mix as the fruits make up the sweetness of the entire meal. They can be eaten hot or cold with milk, yogurt, and even with fruit juice or they can be eaten raw. I eat mine cold2 with cold lowfat milk and it’s just heaven. I don’t even eat this for breakfast but I also eat it as a midnight snack whenever the hunger pangs attack.
I don’t consider myself a “health nut” or anything like that, however I have gotten the habit of eating certain dishes and beverages in moderation. I started getting in to eating in moderation practice back in the mid-2000s when I was going through a major diet (I weighed almost 200 lbs back then. I am now 130-ish lbs and maintaining it) in addition to light exercises. I didn’t like the idea of giving up the really good/delicious dishes and suffer through eating raw and organic without craving for meat-based dishes and I’m scared of diet pills. If I didn’t learn about consuming in moderation practice back then from my doctor then I would’ve been a whole lot more overweight today. During that time I also started drinking huge mugs of tea3, more specifically green tea, white tea, red tea and Hibiscus tea, easily replacing coffee4, soda5, and juice6.
Back to the Muesli— you can eat anything with it, whether for a breakfast meal, a snack or even a condiment to your favorite dessert. Yogurt would probably be the best dessert that you can mix your Muesli in and probably ice cream or gelato. As a meal in itself you can add more fruit aside from the dates and raisins to provide more “sweetness” to it. You can substitute regular milk with soymilk, almond milk and rice milk. The original Swiss style recipe though includes fruit juice. You soak the Muesli in those for about 3-5 minutes before consumption. The Swiss, however, usually would soak their Muesli in those liquids overnight and then eat them in the morning. It’s even possible that you can use Muesli for homemade granola bar-like bars and even cookies.
I know this may sound as if this was the first time I’ve tried Muesli before, but the thing is, it was the first time that I’ve tried Muesli and I’m simply raving this particular meal. I especially like the Bob’s Red Mill brand (as pictured), as I’ve read from reviews around the net that this particular brand really does justice with their organic cereal products. I read that their steel-cut oats have won an annual award in Scotland and can be considered the world’s best (steel-cut) oats. Next time at the groceries I’ll definitely try some of their steel-cut oats and taking a break from the Muesli.
And here we have it. My very first food-related blog entry. :D
On the sidenote...
- more like getting addicted [↩]
- considering the never-ending “summer” weather during the first days of the fall season [↩]
- yup, mugs, not cups LOL [↩]
- though I never really was a coffee person except if they came in Cappucino, Latte or Mocha forms— and iced as well [↩]
- I drink diet sodas generally but in moderation [↩]
- unless if they’re sugar-free… [↩]