How does muesli benefit your body?

At Govinda Valley, our kitchen wizard Vijay makes a delicious toasted muesli for breakfast. Sure, there’s porridge and fruit salad and yoghurt – sometimes there’s even vegan pancakes – but this muesli is something else. At the end of this article, you can find the recipe so you can make this for yourself at home.

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So what’s so good about it? Beyond the obvious fact that it’s delicious, it’s also extremely healthy. Here are some facts about how starting your day with this muesli could have a positive impact on your health and wellbeing.

Oats

First up, there’s the oats. The bedrock of the muesli. These lower your blood pressure and cholesterol. The high dietary fibre content of oats decreases your risk of intestinal cancer, while keeping you regular. In fact, for every additional 10g of fibre in your diet, the likelihood of intestinal cancer decreases by 10%.

Also, because they’re formed from complex carbohydrates, they get digested slowly throughout the day. This means a slow release of energy that prevents your blood sugar from spiking, which means you get less hungry and can work in the garden for longer.

Almonds

Just like oats, almonds are high in fibre. Nuts and seeds are also an important source of protein, which is crucial for a healthy immune system as well as physical growth. Almonds in particular are high in antioxidants and vitamin E, which contributes towards skin health, good eyesight and a healthy heart!
So eat your almonds.

Pumpkin seeds

Again, protein. These seeds also contain high levels of magnesium and zinc, which are important for muscular function, maintaining a balanced mood, insulin regulation, getting a good night’s sleep, preventing cramps and looking after your sense of smell, taste and vision. These minerals are also particularly good for men’s health.

The other ingredients

Aside from those listed above, there’s also huge nutritional value to be found in bananas, sunflower seeds, coconut and any other dried fruit you like to add. So there’s the case for eating this muesli every day. If you’d like to try making it at home, here’s the recipe!

Govinda Valley’s muesli recipe

Dry ingredients
8 cups oats
1 1/2 cups sunflower seeds
1 1/2 cups pumpkin seeds
1 1/2 cup whole almonds
2 tbsp cinnamon
2 cups shredded coconut
2 cups of raisins

Wet ingredients
15 ripe bananas
2 cup sunflower oil
1 tsp salt

Blend the wet ingredients into a paste and then mix with the dry ingredients (except the raisins, these will come later).

Bake this mix in a large tray lined with baking paper at 160 o C for 15 to 20 mins, or until it’s light brown in colour. Don’t forget to mix the muesli every ten minutes to get a nice, even colour!

Once it’s toasted, transfer into a bowl and stir in the raisins. Let it cool completely before storing in an air-tight container.

Enjoy your breakfast in the upcoming weeks!

Written by: Pauric Barrett

Govinda Valley

Govinda Valley retreat, 51 Lady Carrington Road, Otford, NSW, 2508