The festive season is coming to an end with only a few days of the year left. Christmas celebrations have come and gone. Corks have been popped, crackers cracked and ham has been baked, sliced, barbecued, crumbed and made into a soup.
Now the only evidence of such frivolity is a too tight bathing suit and a suspicious smell coming from the bottom of the fridge. It is time for a big clean out and to restock with delicious, wholesome, whole foods to ensure we begin our journey into the new year in a healthy way.
Start as you wish to finish, I always say!
A good start to the day, week, year is so important to me. I truly believe that if I have a clean, fresh start and make the most of it, I am much more likely to stay on track when it comes to healthy eating and looking after myself so let’s begin with breakfast!
Feel Good Buckwheat Bircher Muesli (gluten + dairy free)
We are big fans of bircher muesli in our family. We love the traditional bircher made with oats, but this buckwheat bircher is also delicious and has the added benefit of being gluten free (especially helpful when challenged with the post Christmas bloated tummy!). It is a fantastic make-ahead breakfast for busy mornings or as a portable snack to take with you on the run (or to the beach!).
Buckwheat is a seed that has a delicious nutty taste. It is rich in minerals such as magnesium, zinc and copper and amino acids, specifically the ones that help make happy hormones. That’s why buckwheat bircher is great for making you feel good!
Makes 3-4 serves – start this recipe the night before.
1 cup of raw or activated buckwheat
1 1/2 cups of almond milk (see my book Mamacino: Kids in the Kitchen for a great recipe to make at home)
1 apple, grated
a pinch of cinnamon
2 medjool dates, deseeded and chopped or a small handful of sultanas (optional)
Place all ingredients in a glass bowl. Cover with a lid or a clean tea towel and leave in the fridge overnight.
The next morning…
OPTIONAL: Transfer your bircher to a blender, food processor or Thermomix and blend until smooth and porridge like. Divide between three to four serving bowls.
You don’t have to blend it, I prefer it with a little texture (and I’m too lazy to wash the blender) but my kids like it with a smoother consistency.
Embellish your bircher with extra deliciousness by adding fresh summer berries, coconut yogurt (or full fat natural yoghurt if you are not dairy free), mango, chia seeds, bee pollen, kiwi, blackberry puree, whatever you fancy!
Sit. Relax. Enjoy!
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