How was your Hanukkah? How was your summer?
I apologise for neglecting ‘The Messianic Housewife’ for so long.
Unfortunately, having been forced from our home by an unscrupulous landlord in the spring, I have been ill ever since with a relapse and am currently housebound/ partially bedbound. Your prayers would be deeply appreciated.
I would love to become more active here, posting more regularly. As a family, since my husband is not a believer, we have become less and less observant since we moved so far away from a Jewish community. I have been thinking of how I might do something about that, but it is really dependent on me getting well.
In the meantime, I thought I would share with you a very simple recipe for healthy breakfast Muesli (and if you prefer granola, it would be easy to convert it – just add a liquid sweetener to make it stick together, and pop it in the oven).
This couldn’t be easier!
I have been trying to wean my children off sweet sugary breakfast cereals, so occasionally I make my own healthy and naturally sweet muesli:
3 cups oats, or
1 cup oats,
1 cup barley flakes
1 cup millet flakes (see which you prefer)
2 cups of mixed dried fruits (you can buy a bag of mixed fruits from the health shop, or select your own)
1 cup of desiccated coconut (if you / your children like it)
1 cup of mixed seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, sesame, hemp, linseed etc.)
You can also experiment with quantities of low carb alternatives such as chia seeds)
1 cup of mixed nuts (if you / your children like it)
Something else that is recommended is cinnamon, if you like it, since it works naturally to stabilise blood sugar.
If you really need extra sweetness, try Agave*, erithrytol, stevia (wtih caution – it is reported to cause infertility and/ or miscarriages) or demerara (raw cane sugar, containing natural chromium, which also works naturally to stabilise blood sugar) rather than the processed varieties.
(*A note about fruit sugar: fructose is marketed as natural fruit sugar, but in fact it is just about the worst form of sugar available – think high fructose corn syrup – our bodies are just not designed to digest this in its processed form. In fruit, it’s fairly innocuous because the fibre slows it down, but it is still recommended to go easy on the fruit.)
Mix together in a big bowl! Easy-peasy! You can store it in a plastic cereal container, or a glass mason jar.