You’ve probably heard it called the most important meal of the day, yet almost a quarter of American adults regularly skip breakfast. Often overlooked as we rush to get kids out the door on school mornings, the many health advantages of this meal are easily missed out on. That’s why muesli is such a great breakfast food to turn to as we return to work and school routines this season—formulated from its beginnings with health in mind, this cereal can be conveniently eaten at home or on-the-go.
Why Take Time for Breakfast?
If you’ve ever experienced a “hangry” feeling after powering your way through a busy day with little in your stomach until lunchtime, then you’re familiar with some of the not-so-great side effects of skipping breakfast, like moodiness, energy crashes, and sugar cravings. Conversely, research indicates that when we consume more of our calories at breakfast rather than later in the day, our body’s blood glucose, insulin, and energy levels all tend to be more stable, and we feel satiated for longer. Growing kids are especially impacted by what they eat before beginning a day of learning. More and more evidence suggests that a good breakfast routine is positively associated with everything from more on-task behaviours in the classroom to improved academic performance.
With so much of the science pointing to the importance of breakfast, how can we ensure that it isn’t missed in the “crunch time” between when alarm clocks go off in the morning and we’re rushing kids out the door? That’s where muesli comes in.
Choose Muesli for Your Mornings
If you’ve never tried muesli before, maybe you’re wondering what all the hype is about—isn’t it just another breakfast cereal? It turns out that muesli has a unique history, with health at the heart of its creation. Now considered a staple in Switzerland, this blend of roasted and rolled oats, nuts, fruit, and wheat flakes was first created by Swiss doctor Maximilian Oskar Bircher-Benner in the early 1900s. As part of a whole food diet regimen, muesli was originally called Apfeldiätspeise (“apple diet meal” in German), and it was designed to treat patients experiencing jaundice and an array of stomach issues.
Today, muesli can be found in multiple variations and, apples aside, its core health ingredients remain! In a market filled with so many misleadingly labelled, sugar-laden cereals and refined grains, muesli stands out with its low-sugar content and impressive list of benefits: it’s high in fiber and whole grains, filling, and boasts a rich nutritional profile. Due to its high whole grain content, muesli can even help regulate blood sugar and reduce the risk of developing metabolic syndrome.
Muesli Made Your Way
Perhaps one of the best perks of muesli is its versatility. Instead of sitting down every morning for the same meal, choosing muesli means you can craft breakfasts that are best suited for you and your family. In a hurry? Take muesli on-the-go—simply soak it overnight in a mason jar and enjoy breakfast the next day on a more convenient schedule. (Bonus: soaking grains is also associated with improved digestion, and it can also help you tap into the optimal nutritional value of your breakfast). The way you prepare muesli can also change with the seasons and your routine. Serve it hot or cold, grab it right out of the bag for a quick snack, add it to your baking (like these delicious Muesli Cookies), or top with yogurt and your favourite in-season fruits for an extra boost of flavor. And of course, you can always have muesli the traditional way, served simply with your favorite dairy or plant-based milk.
Choose Organic with Eden Foods
When it comes to choosing your muesli brand, look no further than Eden Foods. Their Organic Muesli is made uniquely with 100% organic family-farmed oats, rye, and spelt wheat. Alongside the perfect crunchy combo of organic pumpkin and sunflower seeds, you can enjoy the tangy sweetness of organic wild blueberries, cranberries, and raisins. Or fully embrace the warm flavours of fall by trying Eden’s antioxidant-rich Organic Cinnamon Muesli.
Both of these muesli blends are low in sodium, cholesterol-free, and high in protein, magnesium, manganese, fiber, and thiamin (Vitamin B1). With Eden Foods’ muesli in your pantry, you’re guaranteed to start your mornings off right.
Founded in 1968, Eden Foods is the oldest principled independent organic food company in the United States. Its mission is Creation and Maintenance of Purity in Food. Eden brand is the authentic alternative to commercial food; the purest, best tasting grains, beans, and vegetables on the planet, from known trusted growers. Healthy soil, long-term organic, non-GMO.