This past July I had the chance to go to Thailand with my husband for 11 days. It was the first time my husband and I had ever left our boys to vacation, let alone be away from them for such an extended period of time.
One of the greatest things about our trip to Thailand was the food. Thai food is amazing and so healthy. It was the first vacation where I did not gain weight yet we indulged everyday. We ate and ate and ate – from the early parts of the morning to the wee hours of the night. (*Note: Some of my future posts will talk more about Thai foods and also feature some of the recipes I learned while visiting there).
Our travels took us to Bangkok, Hua Hin and Phuket and with each city visited, we experienced a new hotel. Each of our hotels offered meal service. We often ate outside of the hotel for lunch and dinner but we always had breakfast in the hotel.
Thai breakfast foods a very different from what we eat here for breakfast. At our hotels, we saw many people eating hot soups and rice and noodle entrees for breakfast. I would occasionally have a hot soup for breakfast but for the most part I found myself more drawn to the traditional American-style breakfast items — the eggs, bacon and sausage, fruits, yogurt and the cereal bar. One of the options at every hotel breakfast was Muesli.
I had always thought of Muesli as dry, granola that did not have much taste. But, in Thailand, and I am sure other parts of the world, they served it as a cold cereal, soaked in milk and topped with fruits and nuts. I had never seen Muesli prepared like that before. I ended up eating Muesli every morning. I craved it and thought it was delicious.
Now that I am back home, I find myself longing for the same Muesli breakfast that I had in Thailand so I decided to recreate it here, with my own little twist.
Here is what you will need:
To start, I picked up a box of Muesli at my local grocery store. I chose Alpen, original flavor. Eventually, I’d like to try to make my own, homemade version. But for now, baby steps.
I poured about 1.5 cups of Muesli into a bowl. Then I chopped up a handful of almonds. Next, I chopped a large apple into bite-sized pieces, leaving the skin on. Finally, I took about two tablespoons of whole flax-seed and added them to the bowl. Once all of the ingredients are assembled in a bowl, add some cold milk. I added about 3/4 cup. You can more or less milk depending on your preference. I like mine a little dry to maintain some of the crunch.
When completed, this is how your Muesli should look.
I am thinking it would also be really good heated up, for a warm start to your morning breakfast routine.
In your travels, what were some of your most favorite foods? Ever get exposed to a new food while on vacation that you now love? Or, maybe your idea about a food changed – like mine did of Muesli? Let me know. xoxo