Wednesday, November 13, 2013

A Bircher Breakfast ...

I have re-written this post a couple of times. All versions have sounded 'oh woe is me' which lets face it, is boring.
All I will say is that this week we have all been sick, and without sounding too harsh, the men in my household do not cope well with sickness. 
Nurses are generally far more patient with the people they care for at work than the one's at home - or so it would seem, or so I have been told ;) - either way, enough said.
Moving right along ....
Living in Queensland you are right, is pretty sensational. Spring is just gorgeous, but with that comes early sunrises and noisy birds. Are you getting where I am going with this?
At the moment, lets just say that I am very 'anti-kookaburra'.
In fact, I hate them :)
You see, if the sun is rising and the birds are singing, or as it may be laughing (at my expense I am quite sure), then it must be time for two year olds to get up! At 04.30 ....
I am a Child Health Nurse. I work at a centre which assists parents in getting their children to sleep!(ha!!)
I have tried every trick in the book to support/encourage/gently force my little friend to sleep longer but this it would seem, is where we are at - 04.30 starts.
So I am trying very, very hard to 'suck it up'...
With all this drama and my determination to continue to eat healthily, particularly since I am working night shifts and now seemingly getting up at 04.30, I have made a conscientious effort to consistently prepare myself a scrumptious, no fuss, healthy breakfast.
A lovely friend of mine Piera, put me onto this book by Saimaa Miller. It is here that I found my new favourite breakfast.
This is just one of the great healthy recipes in this book. Check out Saimaa's website for further inspiration. Either way, Easy Bircher Muesli is yummy!
Easy Bircher Muesli
(Aussie Body- Diet and Detox Plan, by Saimaa Miller page 78).
Serves 2 (Although I have been known to eat a whole bowl and go through until lunch).
45g oats
2 tablespoons of oat bran
1 tablespoon sunflower seeds
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon raw apple cider vinegar
70g mixed berries example goji, acai or blueberries ( I have just used frozen blueberries which are delicious)
1 small banana (75g)
1 tablespoon (20g)shredded coconut
1 tablespoon (20g) raisins or sultanas
500mls rice or dairy free milk (I have recently started using a lactose free milk called Zymil).
Mix it all together in a bowl and let is soak overnight.
A nutritious breakfast like this, even at the earliest start to the day, is guaranteed to put spring in your step. Things never seem so bad when you go to a little extra effort to do something nice for yourself - don't you agree?
I hope you are having a good week friends.
Apologies for the late post.

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