One of the things I love most about my day is having breakfast. I can’t imagine skipping this wondrous meal. Prior to living in Sweden, my breakfast consisted of a bowl of warm oatmeal with a side of yogurt. To be honest, I really don’t like oatmeal. I’ve tried numerous times to ‘dress it up’ by adding dried fruit, applesauce, nuts, fresh fruit, etc…the oatmeal itself is really boring!
So, may I introduce my newfound breakfast favorite…MUESLI! I simply can’t get enough of it. For some reason the combination of oats, whole grains, dried fruits and super foods drenched with cold milk tastes a whole lot better than a bowl of warm oatmeal. While eating muesli, you have to slowly chew and in return you’re able to individually identify and savor each ingredient’s texture and flavor. It’s a more meaningful, thoughtful eating experience than the process of quickly downing a bowl of warm, squishy, sticky oatmeal where everything is cooked together in one big muddled mess of bland flavors.
I’m not alone in my passion for muesli. Just walk down the cereal isle in any Swedish grocery store and you will find that the muesli selection far outweighs other crunchy, artificially flavored, sugary breakfast concoctions, disguised as a ‘healthy’ breakfast alternatives . Additionally, you can quickly select the healthiest muesli by looking for a green keyhole symbol on the label which means that it meets certain health standards according to Livsmedelsverket (Sweden’s National Food Agency).
You’ll probably have to try a few different muesli brands and flavors before you find THE ONE! It’s like dating! So once you’ve met your match, try it with milk, milk alternatives, yogurt or just simply plain. You can also mix your own muesli by selecting a variety of ingredients at the bulk foods section in the store. So, go wild and go get some marvelous muesli!