Taking my Advice to Heart

Family Muesli 2

I think my advice is finally starting to stick. I was at my parents place over the weekend, and they were giving me healthy recipes & tips! I asked them what we were having for breakfast Sunday morning, and they made me their twist on my Muesli Cereal recipe. I have to share it with you because it’s even easier & so delicious – definitely H.E.Y (healthy, easy, yummy).

Mom & Dads Home-Made Muesli


-1/3 cup quick-cooking oats*
-1 tbsp of ground flax seeds (or chia)
-1-2 tbsp of sliced almonds (or other type of nuts/seeds – walnuts, cashews, peanuts)
-1-2 tbsp of hemp seeds
-1 tbsp of raisins (or other type of dried fruit – apricots, dates, prunes, coconut)
-banana slices (or other type of fruit – berries, apple, pear)
-1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
-1/4 tsp of real vanilla extract
-1 tsp of honey or real maple syrup (optional – it’s sweet enough!)


Combine all ingredients in a bowl (including milk), wait 5 minutes and enjoy! Easy right? (BTW – you can buy hemp, ground flax & sliced almonds at Costco!)

Family Muesli

The recipe above is 1 serving, and is about 450 calories, but the ingredients make it a nutritious 450 calories; loaded with protein, fiber, calcium, omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins and potassium. This breakfast will keep you feeling full until lunch!

I’m also rubbing off on my little sister…here are some pics that she sent me of her breakfast this morning. My family is starting to eat better than I do!

*Buy the ones that say 3-5 minute oats. They are whole grain oats, but have just been cut up smaller, so you can eat them right away. Here’s a good explanation from Oh She Glows about different types of oats that I found very helpful:

Instant Oats have been cooked, dried and rolled and are the most processed way to eat oats. Instant oats are very thin and need only hot liquid to soften. They are ready in about 60 seconds. While they are the most convenient, they often have a lot of added salt, sugar, and other strange ingredients.

Quick-cooking oats are simply rolled oats that have been cut into smaller pieces. They cook in about 3-4 minutes.

Rolled oats are also known as Old-Fashioned Oats. They have been steamed, pressed with a roller, and dried. Cooking time is between 5-10 minutes.

Steel-cut oats are also known as pinhead oats, coarse-cut oats, Irish oats, or Scotch oats. They are oat groats (the inner portion of the oat kernel) that have been cut into 2-3 pieces rather than being steamed and rolled. Steel-cut oats are coarse in texture and remain chewy even after cooking and re-heating. They generally take about 20-25 minutes to cook.

What are you having for breakfast tomorrow morning?

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3 Responses to Taking my Advice to Heart

  1. Sarah December 1, 2011 at 9:36 pm #

    Hey Lauren!
    It’s Sarah Miller, my mom told me about your blog and I LOVE it! I cannot WAIT to try some of these recipes, especially the high protein ones! I have been trying to get more protein in my diet lately, and this is wonderful.
    You are also the only person I know that knows about chia seeds! I have them in my smoothies all the time, I love them. Keep up the good work, your blog looks great!


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