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Homemade Granola...Yummy Goodness!!

I am not a dietician nor am I a nutritionist, but I am passionate about eating healthily, consciously, and mindfully.  I am always striving to ensure my body receives good quality protein, carbohydrates, and fats that are packed with vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids.  Doing so helps me to optimize my body’s functioning…and when I say my body, I’m talking all of it…my brain, muscles, & bones, my nervous, digestive, and cardiovascular systems, and even my skin.  I also love to enjoy what I eat…I like food to be satisfying to my tastebuds in addition to satisfying my body’s requirements and I have to say, I LOVE breakfast…there’s nothing like breaking the fast of the night and charging my body with yummy goodness to set myself up for an awesome day ahead.  I think my most favourite breakfast food is granola…I often sprinkle it on some chopped fresh fruit or some yogurt. But I don’t eat just any granola; I like to control what goes in my body so I make my own.  It’s simple to make, delicious, and very easy to adjust to your own liking.  Here’s my recipe (with a couple of extra tidbits as food for thought – pun intended).  It may look a little long and complicated, but trust me, it’s not at all!!

KATHRYN’S GRANOLA

  • Dry Ingredients
  • 3.5 Cups of large flake rolled oats
  • 1 Cup unsweetened medium shred coconut
  • 1/2 Cup hemp seeds (also known as hemp hearts)
  • 1/2 Cup chia seeds
  • 1/2 Cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 Cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 Cup raw chopped Brazil nuts
  • 1/4 cup raw chopped almonds
  • 1/4 cup raw pecans
  • Wet Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
  • Dried Organic Fruit Options that I love to add (I buy organic dried fruit because the regular dried fruit contains sulphites as a preservative and besides, the organic dried fruit just tastes so much better!!) 
  • chopped organic apricots
  • organic currents
  • Instructions
  • Pre-heat oven to 275 degrees Fahrenheit (135 degrees Celsius)
  • Combine all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl
  • In a saucepan on the stovetop, combine and warm the coconut oil with the honey or maple syrup until they are liquid
  • Pour warmed liquid oil/honey mixture over the dry ingredients and proceed to mix well…until all dry ingredients are thoroughly coated
  • Spread the entire mixture over a large cookie/baking sheet (or two smaller cookie sheets).  The mixture should not be any deeper than 1/2″ thick so use as many sheets/baking pans as necessary…if the mixture is thick on the cookie sheet, it will take much longer to bake
  • BAKING TID BIT…I line my cookie sheet with parchment paper so that once the mixture is cooled, it is very easy for me to transfer the mixture into a storage container (i.e., using the parchment paper as a bit of a “funnel”)
  • Place your baking sheets/pans on the middle or top rack of your oven and bake until all of the mixture is a golden brown, which will take approximately 1 hour.  For an even bake on the mixture, ensure you stir the mixture frequently (every 20 minutes) throughout the baking process…the mixture at the edges of the sheets/pans bakes faster than the centre…don’t let them burn!!
  • Once baked, remove from oven, let cool to room temperature then transfer mixture to your choice of container.  I use a very large glass mason jar (as seen in the photograph)
  • FRUITY TID BIT…some people add dried fruit to their granola before transferring it to the storage container…I keep my dried fruit in their own containers and add it separately per use because I find that if I combine and store them together, the dried fruit becomes really hard while the granola loses its crunch…and sometimes, I don’t want to add any dried fruit so with storage method, I have the choice
  • FINAL TID BIT…I have carefully selected all of my ingredients for their healthful properties…if you are interested in furthering your own knowledge on the benefits of the ingredients, one of my favourite resources is the food section of reference library on www.wholehealthmd.com

 

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Building Daily Habits of Health

At the beginning of last month, it was a New Year full of clean slates, fresh starts, and promises.  A few weeks hence and here we are, our resolve being tested, our motivation levels perhaps not as strong, our excitement for our goals not shining as brightly as it did one month ago.  But don’t worry, building and sustaining daily habits of health is not as hard as you think.  Read my latest article in Seaside Magazine (clink link below) for a few tips and tricks on creating your healthy habits…but a zip back in your step towards your goals…it’s in you and I know you can do it!!

Creating Habits of Health by Kathryn Hodgson, RMT

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