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Deppeler suggests making your own muesli with a base of natural muesli, rather than buying a pre-prepared concoction. “Making homemade muesli allows you to have total control over the nutritional content of the finished product,” she says – think sneaking in a serving of fruit, adding extra protein and even nudging in some omega-3 in chia.

The dietitian warns, however, that muesli’s potential health score isn’t a license to eat unlimited quantities. “Muesli may be quite healthy but it may also be high in sugar, fat and kilojoules,” Deppeler says. ”The perception that muesli is healthy may lead people to eat it in larger quantities than is recommended.” One serving of natural muesli is one half cup, unlike some cereals, which come in ¾ or full cup serves.

To make the ultimate serving of homemade muesli, Deppeler recommends adding “a variety of grains, such as rolled oats and bran, and a small amount of chopped nuts, seeds and dried fruit”.