My Favorite Breakfast (That You Make The Night Before!)
I have a horrible track record when it comes to eating breakfast. During the school year my boys have to be to their classrooms by 7:50am (with a button down shirt, tie and jacket on) and this would be manageable if it weren't for the fact that their school is almost 30 minutes away. Usually we all make it there on time, and typically 2 /3rds of us are fed and presentable. When I say "presentable" I mean we are all dressed and when I say fed, I mean the boys ate something appropriate and I drank a cup of coffee on the go. I always mean to eat breakfast after I drop them off but life usually gets in the way and a few hours later I find myself starving and often in the aisle of the grocery where I become that woman eating all the foods out of her cart.
This year I'd like to attempt to be better about eating breakfast because waiting until noon isn't all that healthy for my body (especially on the days I can squeeze in a workout) and it's certainly not good for my mental state. As my kids can attest I get HANGRY and I get there pretty quickly. My usual go-to would be to throw a banana and a yogurt in my bag and call it a day but there are certainly more nutritious options out there and let's be honest, that gets old pretty fast.
When my girlfriend and I were staying in Miami, we had the most amazing breakfast every day (pictured above, and yes we ate it on the beach!!!!!!) and both of us had been trying to track down the recipe for some time. The other morning I was scouring the internet for it and I found what I think is pretty similar and I was shocked to find that not only is it incredibly easy to make, only consisting of a few ingredients, but that you actually make it the night before and it can keep for a number of days. That means conceivably I could make a batch on Sunday night, portion it out and have breakfast that is ready through wednesday that I can also take on the go. Sold!
Okay, so what is this magical breakfast? It's called Bircher Muesli and I guess it's an old Swiss/ English (????) breakfast that dates back centuries. Essentially, it's a dressed up version of overnight oats and while the recipe I found serves it cold, we had it warm so really it could go either way. (I plan to heat the tupperware container right before we leave so I'm guessing it will be somewhere in-between by the time I get to it). You can put pretty much anything on top, berries, figs, bananas, goji berries, shaved coconut, etc.. and I love that you can actually make it taste differently depending on what you use or what's in season. I'm going to make a real attempt to work this into my nightly routine when school starts this year and hopefully this means no more mouthfuls of food at the checkout line and maybe even I'll be laying of the horn a little less when in traffic... maybe. Xx
1/4 cup toasted sunflower seeds
1 cup flaked almonds, toasted
1 cup fresh raspberries
1 cup fresh blueberries
2 cups rolled oats (note: At SOHO where we had this there also was quinoa, farro, flaxseed, and chia seeds mixed in with the oats... I'm going to start with a tablespoon of each and up the milk by 8 tablespoons to accommodate).
1 cup natural Greek yogurt
1/2 cup milk (I plan on using coconut a la SOHO but you could use any preferred milk)
1 1/2 cups natural apple juice
2 green apples, grated
Mix all ingredients except the apples together and store in a sealed container in the fridge over night. In the morning add grated apple, and an extra splash of milk or juice to achieve the texture that appeals most to you. Heat if desired.
Makes 6-8 Servings (adapted from here)