Now the weather is slightly warmer I don't always fancy a big bowl of hot porridge for breakfast but nor do I always crave a smoothie so I've started making delicious bircher muesli to start the day.
If you're not familiar with bircher muesli it's traditionally rolled oats and any other ingredients you fancy (like fruit or seeds) soaked in milk overnight to create a porridge like consistency that's completely yummy, satisfying and energy-boosting. As I said, traditional bircher muesli is made using oats but my favourite bircher recipe incorporates quinoa too for added texture, protein and delicious-ness!
This is my go-to breakfast at the moment, you just have to give it a try! I promise you'll be a quinoa bircher muesli addict after the very first bite.
The mixture of oats and quinoa are not only truly scrumptious but they're so energising too which is perfect for those early starts! Both oats and quinoa are slow-releasing carbohydrates so instead of getting a sudden burst of energy you'll get long-lasting energy that's released slowly throughout the day and will keep you feeling satisfied until lunch time. Quinoa is a particularly great addition because it's high in protein and contains all 9 essential amino acids, plus lots of fibre for good digestion and iron to help oxygen get transported around the body. I added chia seeds to the bircher muesli to help thicken the consistency and pack a real nutritional punch of goodness with high amounts of omega-3, plenty of iron and fibre and a good amount of calcium and magnesium.
Them there's the blueberries which give the muesli a fruity taste as well as adding powerful antioxidants and vitamin C and the mixed seeds for a great crunch and portion of healthy fats!
You can adapt this recipe any way you like: perhaps swap the blueberries for raspberries, add a spoonful of almond butter or drizzle a little honey on top (like I did!).