Happy Australia Day to all my friends who are living in Australia! I hope that you guys and gals are having a good day so far!
What qualifies as a great morning for you? For me, it will have to satisfy the following equation:
Good Workout + Good Breakfast + Good Company + Good Soy Latte = Great Morning.
This morning was one of those mornings:) After not being able to run/workout properly because of a recurring knee injury, I finally managed a 60 min workout on the elliptical trainer at home. I have been doing a lot more upper body strength training and yoga lately because of my knee pain. The sweat-it-out elliptical workout this morning certainly made me feel much better.
After the hour on the elliptical trainer, I rewarded myself with some of my favourite bircher museli. I can't really remember where I got this recipe from, or who actually gave me this recipe. What I do remember is that it has been my favourite for a long time! I don't usually buy apple juice from the stores, but because J bought some the other day, I decided to soak some of my oats last night, before going to bed.
While I was preparing breakfast this morning, J drove to the nearby coffee shop and got me some of my favourite soy latte. He got back just in time for breakfast, and we enjoyed some of these together:) Just the perfect way to start the day!
My Favourite Bircher Muesli
- 1 cup rolled oats (I used GF oats)
- 1 cup apple juice
- 1 large green apple, grated
- 1/2 cup greek yogurt (I used vanilla flavoured soy yogurt)
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- maple syrup or honey (or sweetener of choice) - Optional
- Place the oats and apple juice in a large bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
- Mix in the grated apple the next morning.
- Divide the yoghurt between 2 bowls, top with the oat mixture, chopped nuts and honey. Enjoy!!
- Vegan Option: Use soy yogurt and substitute honey for sweeter of choice
- Gluten-Free Option : Consider using GF Oats instead
- Dairy-Free Option : If you're dairy intolerant (just like me), try using soy yogurt. Substituting soy yogurt for greek yogurt has certainly been a real challenge for me in Melbourne because I haven't found a soy yogurt brand that I truly like. Back home, I used to buy Silk Live Soy Yogurt which is imported from the US. It tasted so much better!! Fortunately, for this recipe, the apple, chopped nuts and oats made the yogurt a lot more delectable!! Do you have a favourite soy yogurt brand?