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Easy Overnight Muesli

I have a secret that I have been exploding to tell everyone but it is bitter sweet.  We are moving.  In fact, by the time you read this we will have already left this beautiful town of Fernie. It is a very exciting and scary move for us as we leave the mountains that was home for 14 years and go to live by the great lakes of Ontario near our tribe we call family.

 As time goes on I find it’s not where you are physically but who surrounds you. This town is really made of incredible people. Yeah the scenery and recreation are next level but it wouldn’t be the same if you were all jerks.  This community has open arms and a huge heart.  What this town has taught me is to honour who I am, with all of the great, the good and the not so good.  The ups and downs of chairlifts and life lessons. That sounds incredibly cheese-ball but I became who I wanted to be here.  I grew up with this hunger to please people and this meant custom packaging myself to each scenario or group I was with, I became this chameleon, always protecting myself from not fitting in. I have moved a lot in my life and had to make friends over and over.  Maybe you can relate somehow with a new job or having kids and going to parent meetings?  Being in Fernie taught me that it’s not about fitting in but rocking yourself and finding friends along that journey.  Thanks to the people who have touched me in this town, you know who you are.  For everyone else who lives here or visitors, please let your hair down, enjoy this Fernie lifestyle and wink at the mountains for me! Thank you for the person I have become here. 

Enough of the warm fuzzies, let’s talk food.  September is when life gets back to the groove of routine. Mornings get busier and by the time everyone gets out the door your coffee is cold and you haven't eaten breakfast. I have a fun solution. Breakfast really, is a very important meal. It sets the tone for the rest of the day. If you do not eat, you allow your blood sugars to crash and the rest of the day you play catch up, craving sugars or stimulants - which only perpetuate this spike and crash routine. The equation for a good breakfast is to incorporate protein and fats. These two macro-nutrients help stabilize your blood sugars by slowly releasing the sugars instead of a big spike and crash. Keeping your body balanced helps with concentration and avoids getting tired in the afternoon lull. This muesli recipe is fun and quick to prepare.  It also works great for travelling and camping! Most cereals and instant oatmeal have a lot of processed grains and sugars.  In this recipe the fiber, healthy proteins and fats from the whole rolled oats, chia seeds, hemp seeds and nuts will help keep you fuller longer and give you the energy needed for your morning!  The secret to this recipe is making a bunch of individual dry mix packages so you eliminate the prep for next time. I will be eating this on my move across the country to ensure a healthy whole food morning. 

EASY OVERNIGHT MUESLI

 Dry ingredients:

  • ½-1 Tbsp coconut sugar (depending on your sweet tooth)
  • ½ cup whole rolled oats (not quick oats)
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp hemp seeds (or ½ Tbsp unflavoured protein powder)
  • 2 Tbsp of either walnuts, slivered almonds, coconut or your favourite nut or seed

 Wet ingredients:

  • ¾ cup coconut milk or any milk alternative
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract (optional)
  • ½ cup fresh fruit for topping (or 1 Tbsp dried fruit)
  • Squeeze of lemon juice (optional to help break down oats, nuts and seeds)
  •  1 x 2 cup container – mason jars work great and are affordable

 Directions:

In a 2 cup container add the dry ingredients. You can make several dry mixes at a time and leave in the cupboard for an easy breakfast.

The night before add the almond milk and vanilla extract and mix thoroughly. Top with the fresh fruit and place in fridge.

In the morning pull out the muesli and you are ready to go!

 Forgot to make your overnight muesli the night before? No worries, you can make a porridge. Place both wet and dry ingredients in a pot excluding fresh fruit.  Add another ½ cup of water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer covered for 5 minutes.  Remove pot from heat and let it stand covered for 2 minutes. Top with fresh fruit and enjoy a warm bowl for breakfast.

Get creative! This muesli is really a blueprint for whatever you have in your cupboards.