Make Your Own Granola

So I meant to work out today.  This means having something entertaining for the kids to stay busy while I work out next to them.  This is the ideal.  Ignoring the dishes, the grocery shopping, cleaning the toilet, and aswering emails, and taking a minute to exercise.    

Maybe you're like me and say, no shower until I work out, but then I don't work out (although I thought that would be enough to motivate me), and then I don't get a shower.  So I shower anyway and decide two showers rather than none in a day would be better anyway.  But does that happen.  No.  
 So I've got to do something about this.  We looked into a gym membership.  And although the deal per month was really good, it's a large chunk of change to give up-front.  But the pro to having somewhere to go to work-out is not noticing all the other 100 things that need to be done that you're ignoring.  And no interruptions from kids.

That being said, I love the cross fit revolution and there are so many sources online to find awesome home work-outs.  If you're looking for some good ones, I recommend Zeus' Ab workout and Zuzana's 600 rep fat burn workout.
With it being new year and all, it's time to up my resolution to working out (as a frequent gym attender, Tyler hates January because of the increased numbers...but he says by March it's normal again for the rest of the year...hmmm).  I want to call myself a runner, since I love it so much (even though I haven't been able to run for a couple months because of an ankle injury).  I need to get my rear in gear.  Anyone with me?  And where will I be doing this??  At home.  I need to do it.  Eating healthy is only part of the ingredients to a healthy life.

But just to get our days started, here's an awesome granola recipe from my friend Sierra.  She brought this to me as a holiday treat and I ate it all before anyone else had a chance to try any.  So I begged the recipe and will be making it often.
From Sierra

2 cups regular rolled oats
1 cup coarsely chopped almonds, walnuts, or pecans
1/2 cup coconut (I used unsweetened)
1/2 cup shelled unsalted sunflower seeds
1/4 cup toasted wheat germ (I didn't toast mine, but I'm sure it's good that way)
1/4 cup flax seeds
1/2 cup honey
2 Tbsp oil (I used vegetable as the first go-around, but will try without and with coconut oil in the future too)
1 cup dried fruit (optional...I used blueberries)

Preheat oven to 300 F. Lightly grease (you could use parchment paper instead) a large cookie sheet (the 1 inch deep ones).  In a bowl combine the oats, nuts, coconut, sunflower seeds, wheat germ, and flax seeds.  In a bowl combine the honey and oil, stir into the oat mixture.  Spread evenly in the prepared pan.  Bake for 30-35 minutes or until light brown.  Stir about 20 minutes into the baking time.  After baking, stir in desired dried fruit.  Let cool and store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.  Or freeze in freezer bags and freeze for up to 2 months.

1 comment:

  1. I make homemade granola too, it is just sooo good! This recipe looks great, I'll give it a try. Yum! Oh, and you are a runner, I bet you can't wait to get out there again. Good luck!


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