A new day gives promise to new possibilities… a bright sunny day gives one motivation to get up and look forward to what the day brings.  Growing up in the rural environment, my grandmother made sure we woke up before sunrise.   She believed that if one wakes up after sunrise they would be tired and lazy for the rest of the day.

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That upbringing moulded me into the morning person that I turned out to be to the point that I have an alarm clock entwined in body which ensures that I wake up between 4:30 and 5:00 a.m. on a daily basis.  Thanks to my grandmother.  However, there are benefits to being an early bird.  Personally, I find it to be the best time to read something captivating.  It is the best time to revive and prepare one’s mental, spiritual and psychological sphere.  Some use this time to read the bible, pray, meditate, check emails.   The young generation goes through their twitter and facebook timelines to check what is happening in the world and who said what.

Nutritionists, doctors and nurses would advise you to have cereal to break the fast and body’s energy levels.  I have come across a few individuals who do not believe in the notion of having breakfast.  They skimp breakfast altogether.  There are those who prefer having the previous night’s left overs to break their fast.   Some do like certain types of cereals, I have a friend who does not like muesli at all.  She says having muesli makes her feel like a cow chewing on grass, they take forever to chew one bite.  Come to think of it, cows take their time when chewing their food but there is nothing wrong with that, infact that is how we are supposed to chew our breakdown our food by chewing it thoroughly.

I belong to the category that believes in having cereals but prefer only certain types, bran flakes and traditional oats.  To support my choice of cereals I would say I believe that one should get more than just energy from the cereals.  Bran flakes and oats are full of fibre which binds unwanted substances in the body.  The fibre gives the bowl a cleanup.   Lately, I have been making some smoothies.  What I like about smoothies is that you get to play around with different fruits and cereals.  Plus, it is a way to take in cereal without feeling like you are actually having cereal.  I have prepared this yummy Plum and Muesli Smoothie.  Hope you get to try it

I like to hear your opinions, what is your favourite cereal?  Do you have breakfast?

Plum and Muesli Smoothie

Serves: 4 – 5

500ml low fat plain yoghurt

4 ripe plums, cut into quarters and core removed

60ml (¼ cup) muesli (I used chocolate muesli)

250ml (1 cup) full cream milk

30ml (2Tbsp) white sugar

30ml (2Tbsp) condensed milk

A hint of cinnamon or mixed spice

Method:  

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a blender for 2 minutes or until smooth.
  2. Serve immediately.

Thuli’s Tips:

  • Instead of adding muesli (which has a high sugar content) one can replace it with a fibre rich cereal such as bran flakes or fibre plus. 
  • The smoothie has to be consumed immediately; however, it can keep for a few hours in the fridge. 
  • One can always replace plums with a different fruit such ripe apricots, nectarines or prunes.

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