Celi Diet: Mama’s Muesli

One of the most important ingredients of the Celi Diet are the healthy  nutrients. ‘Watching the Body’ food must be good  happy food.  A depressing food program will not help me fit my jeans. So firstly I take particular note of  Omega 3.  In many scientific studies Omega 3’s have been linked to a rise in the feel good factor. Pasture raised organic eggs are significantly higher in omega 3. I fried them in pure butter this morning. Two clean ingredients. In fact some radicals in the medical profession have gone so far as to say that instead of giving  people drugs to stabilise their moods, maybe it would be better to feed the person in question good food that is high in Omega 3.  Who knew!! So as well as being alarmingly good for you this muesli will make you smile too.

I have noted just a few of the vitamins and minerals in some of these nuts, seeds and fruits, just to remind myself how important this muesli is to my health. There are many more health benefits in these ingredients, the comprehensive  lists are long.  Also nuts have been indicated as a weight loss associate, so if you are caught short, a teaspoon of peanut butter will do just nicely as a snack. (John has it on a slice of apple, I eat it straight off the small  spoon). Check your label though. Just Peanuts in the ingredient list. Pure peanut butter  supplies a reasonable amount of folate and Vitamin E plus fibre.

When you are shopping for your fruits and nuts buy organic if at all possible and also check your label for added sugars and salts! These processed hidden sugars, sugar substitutes and salts are bad, bad. bad. This diet will not tolerate high fructose corn syrup.

Celi Diet: Muesli

In a large roasting pan sprinkle about 2 tablespoons olive oil then ADD

  • 2 small cups rolled oats

Then  add 6 cups of nuts and seeds. Today I added:

  • 2 cups chopped almonds (Vitamin E, calcium, magnesium)
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (omega 3, Vitamin E, iron )
  • 1 cup flax seed (omega 3, Vitamin B complex,superfood)
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds (anti oxidant, Vitamin E, manganese, niacin)
  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds (copper, manganese)

Toss lightly in the oil.

Place in oven set at 250 degrees. Set your timer and stir it every ten minutes for about 40 minutes or until your mixture is lightly toasted. This is a slow process so use your timer.

When toasted  raise temperature to 300 and add 5 cups of dried fruit and the honey. Today I added:

  • 2 cups raisins (very high in iron)
  • 1 cup dried cranberries(anti oxidants)
  • 1 cup dried blueberries( anti oxidants)
  • 1 cup dried and chopped apricots (potassium, calcium and iron)
  • drizzle with 1/2 cup of pure local honey( super food)

Stir and return to the oven, stir every 5 minutes from now on as the honey may make things stick. The mixture should get a bit clumpy. In fact sometimes I add more honey to encourage clumps. When the raisins are puffed and hot and happy looking you are done.     (10 – 15 minutes) Don’t let those raisins burn.  Take out of the oven and cool in the pan. Store in large jar.

Now, I am going to introduce you to the next important two components of the Celi Diet 1. Mini vessels. Eat this muesli in little ramekins. Chew slowly and thoroughly. Sometimes your tummy needs time to tell you it is done. This is very filling. You will only need a tiny serving.

2. Always have a glass of water before you start your meal. If I am hungry between my little meals I drink bubbly water. Seventy-five percent of Americans  are chronically dehydrated and this often feels like hunger. Also dehydration creates apathy and leads to depression. Too many people get miserable while adjusting their body-weight.  So use water as a dieting  and feel-good tool. And if you get desperate for something sweet, brush your teeth.

I eat the muesli twice a day in a beautiful tiny bowl with unsweetened greek yoghurt, or pure milk. I eat using a tiny spoon. I do not serve with processed milks at this point. (Remember those hidden sugars and salts).  For the people who do not drink cows milk I give them a spoon and tell them to eat it as a dry snack. It is just as good that way too! Remember eat slowly!

  • No Flour
  • No Sugar
  • No Rice
  • No Roots
  • No cheating


76 Comments on “Celi Diet: Mama’s Muesli

  1. I make my own meusli in bulk, with many different grains, fruits and seeds from the bio-co-op, but I don’t cook any of it. Milk poured over it and left for a few minutes to soften the grains are all that’s necessary. Fried eggs are gorgeous, but absolutely NOT cooked in butter (we both have blocked arteries and butter is a NO NO) but in omega3 rich Sunflower oil.

      • Being as how butter is verboten for us, that doesn’t mean we eat margarine. Too many chemicals in that. In these parts (dairy country personified) they eat bread dry – which is like being punished to me. A little olive oil, and a big slather of home-made jam or local honey are what makes dry bread edible for me!

        We used to make our own butter during the war, when everything was rationed almost to starvation level. All week the top of the milk was poured off into a Horlicks jar, and at the weekend it was my and my sister’s job to shake the jar in turn for what seemed like hours until about 2 ounces of butter would form. It seemed like riches at the time!

        • I know Viv, that margarine is scary. i told my dad “if you saw what that looked like before they coloured it and stiffened it you would never eat it” We make out butter in a jar too. , and i am intrigued by you making it in the war, did you pour the top of the milk that was delivered? John does the shaking for me while he reads the paper! I would love a butter churn.. have to get one before we start milking Daisy! c

  2. Hooray for sanity in the food world! Thanks, c, for sharing this. Real food for real people. I (we) eat eggs, butter, meats, salt etc. and have seen declines in our LDL cholesterol, blood pressure, etc. The idea is to eat in proper proportions (I don’t eat butter with every meal, or in every dish) and stay active. And thanks for pointing out about dehydration. Sodas, ‘energy drinks’, coffee, while all being liquid will not hydrate the body. Many are diuretics and will actually decrease the body’s water content. 🙂

    • That is so true about these processed drinks, they are also loaded with salt! Love the line Real Food for Real People. Good food is great! It does not get the TV advertising but it is better for us. c

  3. As I’ve completely given up on the “science” of nutrition – who can keep up, when they change their minds every week? – I can say that there are lots of things to love about your not-diet.
    Eat less.
    Eat slow.
    Eat real food.
    Butter is a real food!
    Add a little gentle exercise – like walking, gardening, or chasing naughty cows, and the average person should be good to go!

  4. DH believes in butter before margarine and whole cheese and milk. We are arguing the merits of the last two. If you can’t eat nuts (me) then what could/should be substituted or would it matter? Love the ramekins and everything else. You know DH is going to give me a resounding AH HAH! when I show him this about frying in butter. t

    • I am a terror for butter though Miss T! That is why it is called the Celi Diet!! If you can’t eat nuts (poor you) I would pump the seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkins seeds, Flaxseed. poppy seeds, what other seeds are there?..And they only matter as a snack food that boosts all those systems into gear. I love milk because it is just milk and butter is just milk too (tho I always add a little salt when i make it) The undiet is all about pure foods. Let me know when DH says Uhuh.. I want to hear it.. c

      • I showed him and I got the HAH! response, hope you heard it 🙂 Healthier for you and no nasty trans-fat garbage. Also was told that hard cheese is the food of the gods. Aren’t meusli and granola sort of related? His mum used to make home made granola when he was a kid.

  5. Perfect eggs + sweet butter = I can make it through the day! Gorgeous. Sumptuous. Live-giving. What good and proper eating is all about, at ‘adjustment’ time or anytime!

  6. I showed this post to my mom and she told me it brought back memories for her. My great-grandfather used to farm and he would churn the butter and get the eggs for the chicken coop. And that’s exactly how they fried their eggs. I just love coming here and learning more

      • You’re welcome, I really do enjoy reading your blog! My family had a huge farm and garden back home in Canada, I miss having freshly dug carrots and potatoes for dinner. And I love butter too, I’ve nearly got my house rid of margarine with the mile long list of ingredients, while butter has one ingredient: milk!

  7. Definitely going to try this one! And thanks for the tip about Omega 3’s. I thought I was fairly knowledgeable about diet but I didn’t know that.

  8. Do you think this would work without the almonds and walnuts? My kids – who are allergic to tree nuts and ground nuts respectively – would probably love this with a touch of maple syrup and milk, but in many recipes losing the nuts means losing the flavour. What do you think?

  9. Sure, it would be fine, just add more seeds! and if your kids like it I would add back in the bran and wheatgerm too. Sometimes I mix a little of their favourite cereal into the big jar to get them used to the muesli and then gradually put less and less in until they are only eating the good stuff. The trick is the tiny bowl with kids, they love the tiny bowl with new tastes! let me know how it goes! c

  10. Time you came back to NZ and cooked for us you know….looks delicious I must get back into making mine…tho I might try your recipe for a change. Raining and miserable here today, school holidays and a house full of children…love ya

  11. Yes I like this one a lot,
    and how delightful you
    make it sound too 🙂

    Of course those eggs do
    look rather yummy but no,
    I will resist them for a bit
    of your muesli 🙂

    No Really…

    Androgoth Xx

  12. with your beautiful writing and with your beautiful photographs and with your beautiful heart, this diet seemed to me so beautiful and so delicious 🙂 Thank you dear Cecilia, with my love, nia

  13. Eggs in butter! Nothing better! Then the bacon from yesterday! How about some sausage too?! Drizzled with honey! Top it off with a tall glass of milk.

  14. These are some great tips. I need to remember the one about the water in particular. And if this is diet food…yum!

  15. Oh, Celi, I fear a wall is growing between us. Can”t we compromise? Would muesli ravioli be permissible? What if I fried them in brown butter?

  16. Sorry for posting this here, but I wanted to comment on “In My Kitchen…” and the comments were closed. Ah well, just wanted to say that I loved your kitchen, your can storage method, and that we have the same taste in animals: B&W dogs and gray and white kitties! Oh yes, and I also like to store things in old mason jars.

    Your muesli looks divine. Could I sub pecans or almonds for the walnuts and get the same benefit? My trick for replacing milk on my breakfast cereal is to use unsweetened apple sauce with a sprinkle of cinnamon. To me it tastes like cheating! (Like eating apple pie for breakfast)

    • Your breakfast sounds divine! I am excited about all the variations people are coming up with! Sure you can sub out the walnuts, just keep in the flax seeds if you can they are tiny but have a big nutrient WOW! c

  17. It is merely a curtain John. And now that you mention it, Ravioli may be pretty good fried in butter especially with Zia’s home made pasta.. hmm.. Maybe you have stumbled onto something new that I can fry!! But not this week, and only served on a tiny plate! c

  18. This muesli looks divine! I will give it a try this weekend 🙂

  19. You go girl!! I keep a jar of homemade granola at all times in my pantry! I’m going to try your recipe out as I’m always looking for different twists! I love that you use a small spoon!! and also that you make your eating experience pretty!!

  20. Those eggs looked amazing, and just like the ones I had for breakfast. Free range eggs are the best. That is the most beautiful picture of meusli I have ever seen. Great photography. -kate

  21. We have granola every week day for breakfast – home made with all the goodness you mention here 🙂

  22. I make my own muesli too and I LOVE it!
    after reading your post I think I need to add more seeds to it
    Thank you for the inspiration

  23. I’ve made homemade granola several times, but never muesli per se. I love that this recipe has an almost equal fruit to nut/seed ratio, which sounds more filling and healthier than your average granola recipe. I’m gonna try it!

  24. This all sounds amazingly sensible and delicious. We´re lucky to have our own eggs too fried in our own olive oil (but I do love butter too and if I made my own I would definitiely eat that). Can I come round for breakfast please?!

  25. Omega oils are a great way to feed concentration levels in children…you’re right there! Again, a yummy recipe and I’m pinching this one too! As a vegetarian, this recipe reads like a brilliant way to start the day! Thanks Celia!

  26. I love, love muesli! I haven’t had any for sometime now but after reading this and seeing those pics (yum!) I’m heading out to get some. (Wish I had the facilities to make my own at the moment… some day soon, hopefully.)

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  28. Your muesli looks so divine, I wouldn’t be able to stay out of the jar! and I also eat peanut butter (no additives) straight of the spoon. I love eggs fried in butter, won’t touch marg, it’s poison, and my cholesterol is perfect. I’m enjoying your diet!!

    We have a lot in common, C 🙂

    • So true. That cholesterol thing was a bit of a set up. it is like good and bad fats -there is good cholesterol and bad cholesterol, though i just ignore the whole thing actually! c

  29. For me, cereal tastes great when eaten with rice milk. It’s sweet and light but you have to check the ingredients list – plenty out there with a lot of unwanted stuff in them.

    • It is very true with processed milks, there are a lot of added ingredients and some of them can sit on the shelf for years and still be “OK” which terrifies me!

  30. Our family quit using margarine about 8 years ago. We love eggs fried in butter. As a matter of fact it’s what’s for breakfast today along with homemade artesian bread. We don’t buy eggs from the store either. If my hens get lazy and don’t lay and we can’t find local eggs we do without! We also make a granola but I like your recipe. The kids will love all the nuts and seeds! Have a great day!

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