A quick look at Wikipedia tells me that muesli was devised by a Swiss doctor to provide essential fresh fruit to aid recovery for the sick. Recently I found a recipe in a book called Fitness Food published by Murdoch Press (Australia 2004) and decided to try it out. Apart from any nutritional benefits it’s just yummy and delicious and goes so well with a cup of coffee in the morning. Now that I’ve been running for a couple of years (I’m such a veteran!) I’ve realised from experience that fitness and running is much better on a diet that is clean and healthy. The old food pyramid comes to mind – a balanced diet, cut out the processed stuff and get back to natural, fresh produce. We might be saving time when we get into fast food but in the long run the damage done to our bodies and the time to fix that damage… well, that sort of food just doesn’t make sense.
Back to the Bircher Muesli – The recipe would make enough for over 10 serves so I cut down the quantities – so much nicer fresh!
1 cup of rolled oats
1/2 cup of milk
1/2 cup yogurt
1/2 cup of orange juice
1/2 a handful of currants
1/2 handful of almonds roughly chopped
1 apple grated
Mix it all together and leave for at least four hours or overnight.
It’s blueberry season here in Tasmania so this morning I have blueberries, banana and honey with mine. It seemed to have soaked up all the liquid so I added a little more milk.
With a little thought and not very much time it’s easy to make healthy choices that will pay dividends not only with running enjoyment but with long-term health. Eat well, sleep well, run well.
Happy running 🙂