Happy New Years! A new year is a great time to try new things and make a renewed commitment to cooking healthy food for your kids. Many people consider oatmeal to be healthy. Compared to other grains, oatmeal can be a healthy option. Grains are generally high in glycemic index. And while oats tend to be lower in glycemic index than wheat, the glycemic index of any grain will increase with more processing and more cooking.
Many people cook their oatmeal to the consistency of mush. The more you overcook your oatmeal, the more unhealthy it becomes. This New Year, why not try your oatmeal a new way? Sometimes inspiration for new foods in your diet can come from old sources. Muesli is a tasty breakfast dish developed around 1900 by the Swiss physician Maximillian Bircher-Benner for patients in his hospital. It is also known as Bircher oatmeal or Swiss oatmeal. It is comprised of raw oats, whole fruits, yogurt, and milk.
As the following video shows, Muesli is a great way to enjoy oats and is very easy to make:
Best wishes to you and your family in the New Year!
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