Healthy Muesli Breakfast Cereals

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Healthy Muesli Breakfast Cereals
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Wed, 08-15-2012 - 7:39am

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Thu, 08-16-2012 - 7:40am
Muesli and granola type cereals are my fave, but I tend to stay away from cereals because of the carbs.......................leaves a little leeway for carbs elsewhere ; )

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Thu, 08-16-2012 - 8:05am
but.................. they are good carbs for sure.... all those raw grains :smileysurprised:)
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Thu, 08-16-2012 - 9:51am

Would you believe that I never thought about raw grains being good carbs? :smileysurprised:

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Thu, 08-16-2012 - 3:56pm
yes they are and if you don't add sugar to them in your cereal (add raisins or some dried fruits then it is sweet enough. Sure beats pasta or potatoes with butter or some other fat laden thing on top.... ;O) I know.... killjoy
Always better to make your own muesli as store bought granola or muesli is usually chuck full of sugar, and some oils to keep it from sticking together, not so with the homemade version, plus it's always fresher and tastes better and keeps just as long in a jar with a tight lid.
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Fri, 08-17-2012 - 9:14pm

Well, I never thought of it as Muesli, but I guess it was what I used to make before going into temporary food jail. I used to make steel cut oats with added cinnamon, nuts, raisins, some other fruits that I had on hand and if I had some sunflower seeds, I would have added that too. I will be buying sunflower and pumpkin seeds in the future. Steel cut oats need to be cooked first or they're too crunchy unlike regular oats that just need some boiled water poured on them and let steep for a bit.

I never buy the store bought boxed type of muesli, though, for it's easy to throw some things together homemade. Store bought is okay if the sugar is from fruits and not added sugar and the fats are only from the nuts. Have to study the ingredients and know what to look for.

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Mon, 08-20-2012 - 8:28am
I like cooked oatmeal with blueberries in it Donna,,, that's always nice. The muesli we eat is not cooked , so one has to be careful of the oats that one buys for it... (don't want any broken molars LOL). My dh doesn't eat sugar at all, so while it is harder to find a muesli without sugar or maple syrup or cornstarch or etc... we did find a nice brand that he likes. He adds things to it that he likes, for instance flax seeds (VERY healthy), and shredded coconut, some dried cut up figs or dried apricots, (we dice them up ourselves, hmmm whatelse, well can't think right now but very healthy (better w/o the coconut but he likes it). It's also fun to eat.
Speaking of reading the ingredients ... well that is SOOOOOO VERY important , we read all the labels on the items we buy,,,, so easy to get something with too much sugar or even worse transfats..... glad you brought that up.
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Mon, 08-20-2012 - 3:25pm

I've been using coconut sugar as it doesn't do the bad things to the body that cane sugars do. It has a low glycemic index. It tastes really good, too, kind of like a hint of maple flavor or caramel or something like that, but not really as it has it's own flavor. It does have calories, though, and those should be taken into consideration.

All of the things that you mentioned that can put into muesli are good and healthy, but the calories could really add up too if they're not weighed, measured and counted. I look forward to getting to eat such foods again maybe sometime in November.

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Tue, 08-21-2012 - 4:32am
My dh is not overweight, he eats a small portion of muesli before bed and that's it, he also does not eat sugar or things that have obvious sugar in them... so I don't worry too much about his calorie intake. He does however need to exercise for the circulation and his general well being but his diet is OK.
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Tue, 08-21-2012 - 12:02pm
Coconut sugar sounds good! I'll have to look for it. Do you get it in the grocery store, or a specialty store?

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Tue, 08-21-2012 - 2:30pm
wordyone wrote:
Coconut sugar sounds good! I'll have to look for it. Do you get it in the grocery store, or a specialty store?

It really is good and not so bad for you if you count the calories. It doesn't taste anything at all like coconut, not even a tiny bit, so is good for people who don't like coconut too. I bought mine at Whole Foods health food store. We're going to our regular grocery store later today and I'll look in the health food section there to see if they carry it.

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