Near Noon, 2013
I'm becoming interested in the way my energy shifts throughout the day and trying to figure out how it links to food, exercise, sleep, etc. My goal is to organize a more steady and efficient structure to my days. If you've read any interesting books or articles on these subjects, please share.
I've recently become quite addicted to Müesli, made my own particular way. It powers me through a morning like no other breakfast. My recipe is inspired by Sarah's recipe, and I've just begun adding ginger based on Megan's recipe. It is all very flexible. Play around with it.
Use a wide-mouth 1 pint jar with lid, or something similar, and begin by adding the dry ingredients to the jar.
6 ounces rolled oats
1 tablespoon raisins (I've tried dried pluots too--tasty!)
2 tablespoons chopped nuts (I use walnuts or almonds)
1 teaspoon sesame seeds (black, brown, or white)
1 teaspoon roasted pumpkin seeds (sunflower seeds work too)
1 tablespoon chia seeds
Add sugar and spices to suit your taste.
1 teaspoon vanilla sugar (I've also used dark brown)
a couple pinches ground ginger (or maybe allspice)
a couple pinches fresh ground cinnamon (anise seed is nice too)
a couple pinches fresh ground nutmeg
a pinch of fleur de sel
Top jar with lid and shake up the dry ingredients.
Open jar again and add milk, leaving about 1 - 1 1/2 inches space at the top of the jar. Shake or stir all ingredients in jar to wet and combine. Leave jar in your refrigerator overnight.
Take your jar out of your refrigerator in the morning and allow some of the chill to leave your jar, about 15-20 minutes.
Eat as-is or dump in a bowl and add fruit (I've tried Sarah's strawberries, and recently 1/2 fresh banana--both were great!) and have excellent energy that lasts until lunchtime.
The body sometimes does what it pleases, my afternoon slump might be something I simply learn to endure, but I'd like to do some investigating. I'd like to believe we have at least a little control over such things. It would be so cool to say goodbye to that drooping part of the day.