Do you skip breakfast before a morning shift, or grab a slice of plain toast as it flies out of the toaster to munch on the drive in?
This often results in the mid-morning DONK when your energy falls to zero and you get the fine-motor colly-wobbles.
Well, you know how to fix that don’t you.
Here is my own favourite recipe for Bircher Muesli. A filling and nutritious Nurse Fuel that you can have hot in winter and cold in summer and only takes a few extra minutes to transfer to your tank.
Bircher Muesli was first introduced in hospitals in the 1900’s by a Swiss physician Maximilian Bircher-Benner.
It was based on a meal that the had been served whilst hiking in the Swiss Alps, and he thought it might provide a good source of fresh fruit for his patients.
My own version of Bircher Muesli is stupidly simple to make.
I have listed the ingredients below, but the amount if each is totally up to you.
- Dry Rolled Oats.
I use Uncle Toby’s quick oats.
- Low Fat Natural Yogurt.
You can use one of the popular flavoured yogurts if you prefer but that packs in the calories.
Full cream or low fat, your call.
- Finely chopped apple.
Green apples are best. Some recipes suggest grating the apple, but I like chunks of food in my muesli (for the extra mouth textures).
An essential ingredient. Unless you have an anaphalactoid reaction to blueberries.
Don’t use overly ripe or really green ones. You want them to add just a hint of sweetness.
- Dried apricots.
Just a few. Sliced. Once again, its about adding a little mouth texture. Get the sense juices flowing.
- Almonds. Add other nuts and seeds if you dare.
- Pistachio nuts (small). I love these things. They do get a little soft in the mix. But that’s OK. If you want to keep the crunch add them as a topping.
Another essential ingredient. Don’t be stingy.
- Combine dry ingredients & fruit in a large seal-able bowl.
- Add yogurt and stir with wooden spoon until desired consistency is achieved. The oats will soak up some of the yogurt as it stands so aim for a little more soggier than you want.
- Let sit in refrigerator overnight.
Top with sliced strawberries, a spoonful of Passion-fruit pulp, and a sprinkle of blueberries for show.
You will only need a small serving of this as it is really filling.
Add a little milk and sweeten with a little honey if desired.
- Follow with some quality toast ( topped with Vegemite of course), a glass of orange juice (or how about trying a glass of tomato juice?) and a steaming hot coffee.
- 15 minutes.
You are now well fueled. Go and nurse.