As you may have read in some of my previous posts, I don’t usually have the healthiest approach to breakfast – it’s typically nothing at all or something far too indulgent. So, recently, I’ve been trying other options to get into a better morning habit.
I had tried out fruit and yoghurt, and next up on the list was muesli. In particular, Cuckoo Bircher Muesli. I’d never been particularly inclined to try muesli. My mum eats it quite a lot, with a bit of milk and fruit, but it always looks so incredibly dry to me, even though she loves it! But in the nature of trying new things, I thought I’d give it a go. And I was pleasantly surprised!
Cuckoo Bircher Muesli was set up by two school friends, Anna Mackenzie and Lucy Wright, who first tried bircher muesli on a school trip to Switzerland. It obviously left a lasting impression because years later, after graduating from university and trying out some exciting flavour combinations, they have turned it into a successful business.
The bircher muesli is sold in handy 190g ‘one portion’ pots, perfect for a quick breakfast, and each one contains a blend of chunky fruit, British jumbo oats, creamy West Country yoghurt and super-food linseed. There are currently five flavours available:
Mango & Coconut, with a tropical twist of lime and ginger *Winner of a Great Taste Award
Apple & Cinnamon Spice, with plump and juicy flame raisins *Winner of a Great Taste Award
Elderflower & Cranberry, with a blueberry and blackcurrant compote
Choco Sour Cherry, with a smooth layer of Madagascan vanilla
Apricot & Madagascan Vanilla, with a tangy raspberry compote
I tried out the ‘Mango & Coconut’, ‘Apple & Cinnamon Spice’ and ‘Apricot & Madagascan Vanilla’. They were all delicious, although I think my favourite was the Mango & Coconut, as they’re already two of my favourite things to snack on. What I noticed with all of them, was the punchy flavours that really came through – you could really taste every flavour separately. And because of the yoghurt content, it wasn’t even remotely dry, like the bowls of muesli I’d seen my mum eat. The texture was actually really interesting – the yoghurt makes it smooth and refreshing, but then you have the crunch of the linseeds and the juiciness of the berries and the compote.
And what I found, is that this muesli doesn’t only need to be eaten for breakfast – it makes a great snack. Because it’s in handy pots, you can easily eat it at your desk without having to get a bowl and spoon, and pour milk or yoghurt onto it. And it’s a healthy snack! As well as being a good source of fibre and protein (and suitable for vegetarians), Cuckoo Bircher Muesli pots are all natural, low GI and an average of 280 calories per pot. And each serving contains up to 29% of daily beta-glucan recommended to help lower cholesterol as part of a healthy lifestyle and a diet low in saturated fat.
If you’d like to try out Cuckoo Bircher Muesli for yourself, it’s stocked at a number of UK retailers including Waitrose – there’s a full list on the website. Each 190g pot costs £1.99 and I’m also excited to learn that they will soon be introducing even smaller ‘travel’ pots.
I was provided with samples for review purposes by Cuckoo Bircher Muesli and Palm PR but did not receive any payment. All views are my own.