A drop in the temperature and winter is here again. So are the cold grey frosty days. Everything is awash with rain and there is a new freshness in the air.
It’s that time of year when you can sleep in for a little bit longer, eat a hearty meal with utter satisfaction and snuggle in under heaps of soft blankies. And muesli is that perfect meal for a winter day, for brekkie, lunch, dinner or simply as a snack, when you are feeling this way. It’s packed with immune-boosting nutrients that nourish and satiate.
The nuts, seeds and fruit bits are full of protein, good fats and fibre. Protein is the building block of the body that helps in cell repair and revival. Fats provide us with energy and keep us warm and insulated. Fibre is an essential component of our diet that keeps us fighting fit and helps us stay strong, particularly through the cold and flu season.
Yes, muesli is nourishing. But the true beauty of muesli is that it can be so versatile and customisable. You can turn it into your favourite meal. Experiment with delicious seasonal toppings. Try the rich and creamy probiotic Greek yogurt. Fresh fruit and berries are great as they add colour and a tart crunch. Kiwi fruit, apple and red currants. Berry compote or honey. Fresh mint. Yum.
There is nothing more joyous than sharing muesli with friends and family. Imagine a large table laden with food - freshly brewed coffee, homemade breads, butter and jam, a pot of ginger lemon tea, lots of scrumptious fruit and a bowl of muesli.
When you are considering toppings for your muesli go for seasonal produce. Look at the seasonal selection of fresh berries and fruits that are bursting with goodness. Not only is this essential in helping you fortify your immune system but also in protecting your body from the coughing and sniffles so common around winter.
Apples contain quercetin. This bioflavonoid helps in alleviating symptoms of cold and allergy such as watery eyes and runny noses. Oranges are rich in vitamin C, a nutrient essential when you are feeling under the weather. Blueberries are full of antioxidants that help you fight colds and coughs and keep inflammation in check. Cacao contains theobromine, an antioxidant that alleviates cough.
Spice it up
Spices can add a touch of flavour to your muesli and make it a healthy, uplifting experience. Try some wintery spices and herbs this season and see your muesli transform into something magical.
Cinnamon is a common spice that goes so well with muesli. Just a hint of it and you are good to go. Cinnamon and honey are a particularly potent combination, aiding in digestive function and health. Grate a tiny bit of nutmeg on your muesli. Nutmeg has powerful antimicrobial properties that help fight germs and infections.
Use herbs to garnish your muesli. Fresh basil leaves have medicinal value that can soothe your cough and alleviate symptoms of a cold. Sage has anti-inflammatory properties perfect for winter months.
A warm bowl
If you’ve always had muesli cold, here’s something you could try. Soak muesli overnight to soften it and enjoy it warm. Add in the toppings of your choice from everything we’ve laid out for you here. “Porridge” muesli tastes great!
Go to our recipe page to try out other uncommon and exciting recipes!
Nuts & Stuff muesli
Nuts & Stuff muesli is your perfect winter companion. Tasty, healthy and all good. The perfect mix of natural sweetness and crunch.
What’s inside Nuts & Stuff is a list of incredible wholesome ingredients - organic shredded coconut, dry cranberries and dates, all raw nuts – almonds, hazelnuts and walnuts, all raw seeds – organic black chia, buckwheat, sunflower, sesame, pepitas, flax/linseed, and love.
Our muesli is certified raw, vegan, gluten-free, and wheat-free with no hidden nasties. Most of our ingredients are organic and responsibly sourced. And it is 100% and proudly Australian-made.
So, tell us how are you going to enjoy your cold-kicking muesli this winter?