Feel like spring break put a halt on getting that hot bod you’ve tried so hard to maintain? The harsh reality is that inconsistent eating patterns combined with drinking and a lack of sleep can undoubtedly leave you feeling unhappy with your body. We’ve all been there. Getting back to school, my schedule seemed unbearable so my plan was to put together a nourishing yet filling meal with the ingredients I already had. I decided to make muesli because its versatility makes it easy to transport and eat on the go.
The USDA nutrient database suggests that muesli is great source of dietary fiber (6.2 g dietary fiber in 1 cup), which helps to reduce high cholesterol and prevent digestive problems. This high fiber meal also aids in weight loss, as the role of fiber is to absorb water, which will make you feel satiated faster. The combination of oats, milk, fruits, and nuts/seeds, makes muesli a meal packed with fiber, vitamins, protein, and omega 3 that helps nourish the body and regulate metabolism. The high nutritional value of this low-calorie meal will provide you with energy to refuel your body and replenish glycogen stores to muscles.
While supermarkets sell this meal pre-packaged, as always, I suggest making it yourself to eliminiate added sugars and unwanted preservatives. I also recommend having fun with the recipe and try adding in your favorite ingredients! Now there is no excuse to skip the most important meal of the day, as it contributes to 1/3 of an individuals daily calorie and nutrition requirement.
Nutrition break down:
Serving size: 1 cup
290 kcal, 72 g carbohydrates, 12 g fat, 18 g protein
1 oz. Greek yogurt (adds protein and a creamy consistency)
1 cup almond milk (try non-fat milk for a more cost friendly choice)
½ cup dried oats
1 oz. chopped almonds
1 tbsp. unsalted peanut butter
4 chopped strawberries
1/4 cup of sliced banana
1/4 cup diced apple
Place the ingredients in a mixing bowl. Stir together and place in the refrigerator overnight. Eat it hot or cold, for breakfast or lunch! Be creative in making healthy taste good.