My partner eats LOADS. He's a super athlete but at times it can be hard to hold him back from vacuuming up everything in sight. It used to get me so frustrated but now I take it as my challenge.
You see, Matt doesn't snack. Something I find nearly impossible to fathom. He often prides himself on it. But sometimes light snacks are needed to get you through those long draining days. Especially if you're stressed or exercising in large amounts. Your body not only needs the fuel but it needs food to recover from whatever life throws at you.
So this little (actually it's huge) bircher is my attempt to keep Matt full for hours with all the good stuff and none of the nasties. For those who eat normal (human) sized portions, this should last you a good week.. if not a few days extra.
2 cups wholegrain rolled oats (use gluten free if you wish)
1 tin organic coconut milk (or 2 cups milk or your choice)
2 apples, washed & grated
1/3 cup pepitas
1/3 cup mixed nuts
1 tbs cacao nibs (optional)
2 tbs LSA mix (keep it in the fridge for freshness)
Simply combine the bircher ingredients in a large container or jar (preferably glass and one you can take with you to work or leave in the fridge). Ensure the mixture is well stirred and sitting under a little liquid. If it looks very dry then add some extra milk or water. Set aside overnight to soak.
To serve, add a splash of extra milk if desired and top with a combination of your favourite toppings.
What are the benefits?
This bircher is packed full of so many good saturated fats, ideal for reducing inflammation, maintaining blood sugar levels and aiding in muscle recovery. In fact the fat, not the oats are what is going to provide you with sustainable, slow burning energy. Bircher you buy from cafes is often PACKED with sugar. They use store-bought juice to soak the oats. That's a big no-no. It'll send your blood sugar through the roof and you'll be straight back to the fridge hunting for food 2 hours later.
So far I've noticed positive results with this recipe... There's certainly more food left in our fridge at the end of the day!
Let me know how you go.