Pumpkin Hazelnut Granola

standard October 9, 2014 Leave a response

I still cannot bring myself to cut open my perfect fall pumpkin. But I wanted to share a pumpkin recipe this week, so I caved in and bought my first can of pumpkin puree of the season. Thankfully, this granola is oh so worth it!

I do not even remember the last time I bought a box of cereal. I have gotten so used to making my own, usually muesli, oatmeal, or granola. My fridge has a designated space for my designated cereal jar, and some recipes have thankfully lasted me a few weeks for quick morning meals in between traveling. This recipe will definitely not make it through next week. It is full of spicy, crunchy, seedy goodness. With just a touch of sweetness. I love to eat it straight up, with banana slices and a bit of almond milk. You could also sprinkle a tablespoon on top of a Sweet Potato Spice Smoothie bowl. Give a little crunch to a salad. Or sneak a handful straight from the jar.

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Pumpkin Hazelnut Granola

Serves 6. 

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 c rolled oats
  • 1/2 c sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 c chopped hazelnuts
  • 1/2 c shelled pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 3 T agave nectar
  • 3 T coconut oil
  • 1/2 c pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 c goji berries
  • 1/4 c cacao nibs (optional)

Steps: 

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine oats, seeds, nuts, spices, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Combine agave, oil, and pumpkin in a separate bowl. Mix well and add to oat mixture. Stir until everything is coated.
  4. Bake for 30-45 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. Stir in goji berries and cacao nibs. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Nutrition:

Per serving (1/2 c): 413 kcal, 36 g carbs, 27 g fat, 11 g protein, 130 mg sodium, 12 g sugar

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Superfood Breakfast

standard March 25, 2014 Leave a response

It’s been my goal to share a recipe for each ingredient or food I feature on the blog, but not being home kind of limits recipe experimentation. When I am home, I get to eat frozen leftovers and lots of smoothies. Even though I eat fairly healthy on the road, after eating at one too many hotels, airports, and convention centers, all I crave when I get home is super nutrient-dense healthy foods. This smoothie came about as a result of one of those post-late night return trips in an attempt to mix all my favorite superfoods in one glass. And it’s high in my current favorite protein source, which is a bonus.

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Superfood Smoothie

Serves 2.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 T hemp seeds
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 T goji berries
  • 1 T hemp seed oil
  • 1 scoop Vega One berry-flavored protein
  • 1 T Navitas Naturals superfood blend (or 1/2 tsp each hemp, maca, cocoa powders)
  • 1/2 c unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 c coconut water
  • 1 handful spinach
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 c frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 c frozen raspberries
  • 1/4 c frozen blueberries
  • 1 c ice

Steps:

  1. Add ingredients to high-speed blender, in order. You want the liquid on the bottom and the frozen fruit in the top to allow for optimal blending.
  2. Blend, pour into a glass and enjoy!

This will make 1 large or 2 small smoothies. Leftovers will keep for up to one day in the refrigerator. Just shake well before drinking.

Nutrition Facts:

Per serving: 318 kcal, 40 g carbs, 13 g fat, 14 g protein, 151 mg sodium, 20 g sugar

Berry Powerhouse

standard October 3, 2013 Leave a response

A lot of health foods and “super”foods are over-hyped these days.  I try not to buy into them, unless they have sound nutritional science behind them and I’m intrigued enough to spend the money.

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Goji berries are one of the things I finally caved in and tried. This recipe is what got me. I’ve been drinking lemon green tea most mornings (on days when I do not go running first), so this seemed like a nice change to my normal routine, with some added health benefits. I almost skipped the cayenne. Every time I try cayenne in a recipe, its way too much for me, and I end up tossing perfectly good food because it’s too spicy. DO NOT SKIP the cayenne. Just a pinch works perfectly and is the best way to wake the body up, especially on a cool day.

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After analyzing the bag the goji berries came in, I was shocked to find out they are packed with protein! 4g in an ounce. For a berry, that’s pretty sweet. They are also loaded with antioxidants, vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium. Unlike other dried fruits, goji berries are pretty hard and chewy. A few minutes soaked in warm water and they plump back up into a soft tart berry. Perfect for baking, smoothies, or topping salads.

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Give this antioxidant powerhouse a try in one of these yummy recipes!

Also check out 5 Reasons to Eat More Goji Berries.