Happy (belated) New Year to you all! I hope you are all still on track with your New Year resolutions… surely you haven’t given up on them already? For all of you who decided to live a healthier life in 2011 (my hand is up for that one too), I may just have the giveaway to help you stay on track. More about that later though!
First, my resolutions for 2011 – because there is a very small increase in the chance I will stick to them if they are written down in a public forum I am going to get my diabetes back under control, eat healthier and be more organised. Stress from doing my Masters degree has really been messing with my sugar levels (as well as robbing me of most of my spare time!). Luckily the Masters will all be over at the beginning of June, which is pretty scary in itself, but in the mean time getting more organised will hopefully help reduce the stress. I’ve said this plenty of times, but I need to start assignments earlier rather than leaving them until the last minute. I do work better under pressure, but it is very stressful and wreaks havoc with my blood sugar levels. So, for the few assignments that I have left in my degree I will be aiming to get them in at least a day early.
I did get a bit of a kick start on eating healthier at the end of last year when I was lucky enough to receive some muesli to review from Muesli4Me, a website where you can mix your own muesli. Eating muesli for breakfast is a great way to get more fibre, grains, fruit & nuts into your diet and I just love the concept of making your own mix. I rarely buy muesli because there is always something in the premixed ones that I’m not really fond of, this way you can have all of your favourite things!
The first step in the process is choosing a base. There are 11 to choose from, including everything from your classic rolled oats and bircher mix, right through to tropical or chocoholic, there is even a gluten free mix for those with intolerances. After choosing a base you then get to add pretty much whatever you like – fruit, nuts, seeds, more grains, spices, chocolate, yoghurt bits… even a donation to charity (Ok, so the donation doesn’t really add much flavour, but it could help you with your resolution to be more generous!). The website is really easy to use and laid out simply, there are pictures of everything so that you can see exactly what you are adding. I made four mixes!
Fruity Christmas Mix – Unfortunately I didn’t get a photo of this one, but it was a lovely mix of red, white and green. I used the 5 flake mix base (organic rolled oats, rolled rye, rolled barley, rolled whole wheat and rolled triticale) and added oat bran & psyllium husk as well as xmas spice & ground nutmeg for that Christmas flavour. Then I added red (dried currants & dried cranberries), white (unsweetened yoghurt crunch) and green (pistachios & pepitas) and some festive walnuts. This mix was lovely and colourful and beautiful for the festive season (and still just as tasty afterwards!).
Tropical Summer Mix – For this one I used the ‘go tropical’ base (Rolled oats, puffed honey wheat, coconut flakes and almonds) and added all things that remind me of Summer… macadamias, dried pineapple, dried papaya & dried mango… as well as some yoghurt coated sultanas (they looked interesting), crunchy oat clusters (they are always my favourite part in any cereal and I have to hold myself back from picking them all out of the box!), and some extra coconut & oat bran. This one was one of the first ones to run out (the chocoholic one went first, of course), it was a deliciously sweet way to start the morning and the yoghurt covered sultanas and crunchy oat clusters were a great addition. The nuts were great to break the sweetness of the dried fruit, so it was a good balance.
Cinnamon & Nut Crunch – I am a *BIG* fan of cinnamon, so when I saw that there was a base called ‘Cinnamon toast’ I knew that I had to use it. With the base (toasted rolled oats, pepitas, rolled barley, sunflower seeds, ground cinnamon) in my cart, i decided to add some nuts & seeds (linseed, pecans & extra pepitas) as well as some fruit (sultanas & dried cranberries) and my ever faithful crunchy oat clusters, along with some psyllium husk for extra fibre. This one was great drizzled with a little honey and the cinnamon made the milk nice and fragrant.
Nutty Chocoholic Mix – This one was an absolute favourite with everyone who tried it, it felt a little bit naughty to be eating muesli that turned the milk brown with cocoa – but it was absolutely decadent. Not exactly the healthiest breakfast around, but with all those nuts and grains in there it is much better for you than other cereals that turn your milk to chocolate!
So, for those of you who want to try this one out at home – I started with the ‘chocoholic’ base (rolled oats, rolled triticale, chocolate puffed rice, chocolate powder & dark chocolate drops) and added some white chocolate chips (you can’t JUST have dark chocolate, you may as well go all the way!), lots of nuts (walnuts, pecans & brazil nuts), coconut and crunchy oat clusters (there they are again!), then tried to even out the decadence a little with dried goji berries (for antioxidants) and some mixed grains (rolled oats, rolled barley, rolled whole wheat & rolled triticale and rolled rye). I also used this one to make a super simple Muesli slice, but I’ll leave that recipe for another day.
In the meantime, I would like to know what things you like in your muesli. Do you like lots of fruit? lots of nuts? lots of chocolate!? Do you like to fill yours with super healthy grains and seeds, or tasty fruit and crunchy oat clusters?
I have two $20 vouchers for the Muesli4Me store to giveaway to a couple of very lucky readers. Here is how you can win:
- Leave a comment on this post telling me what you like to put in your muesli by midnight (AEDT) next Tuesday (the 18th of January).
- Please make sure that you are signed in when you post your comment, or leave you email address so that I have some way to contact you if you win.
- I will pick two winners at random using a random number generator and post them here next Wednesday. Each of our lucky winners will receive a $20 voucher to use on the Muesli4Me website.
- If you need some inspiration, go to Muesli4Me and take a look at what is available (and if your favourite thing isn’t there, they need to know!).
**Please note – this giveaway is only open to Australian residents as Muesli4Me is an Australian based company. International readers, please feel free to let us know what your favourite muesli ingredients are, I’m sorry to say I will have to skip past you when counting the posts for the winners though.**
Good luck to you all and come back next week to find out who the winners are and get my recipe for Super Simple Muesli Slice!