Today I want to share two new recipes that I recently created and that I really love. When it comes to eating healthfully and nourishing yourself, it can be very challenging. With the convenience of “on the go” items available everywhere you turn that claim to be natural and healthy like smoothies, protein bars, granola, etc (which tend to be loaded with added sugars, unhealthy fats and who knows what else), it definitely makes it tough to identify food that can actually be beneficial to you. I created the below recipes as I was looking for a solution and alternative to the store bought stuff that I know are not really all that great for you no matter how well marketed they are. We should all be able to enjoy food which we love, that tastes great and that also happens to be good for you too.
Morning Power Shake
A few weeks ago I started noticing that my usually morning shake (a mix of protein powder and either water or almond milk) just wasn’t enough anymore. I would start to feel hungry much earlier than before. So I came up with this mix of complex carbs from the oats and spinach, protein from the powder and healthy fats from the almond milk and flaxseeds (omega 3s). I love starting my day off with this delicious shake; it tastes creamy and sweet and gives me lots of great energy to help me set the tone for my day ahead.
Yields 1 serving
1 ½ cups unsweetened almond milk
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
1 handful spinach (fresh or frozen will do)
1 tablespoon rolled oats
½ tablespoon ground flaxseeds
Dash of cinnamon
- Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
2. Consume immediately.
Sugar Free Granola
I absolutely love granola; I love the crunch and the sweetness. Unfortunately any store bought or restaurant options and even most recipes include some kind of liquid sweetener to bind the ingredients, so for the longest time I never had any granola except for treat meals (and even then, who really wants to eat granola as a treat when they can have a brownie instead?). So I created this recipe where there is no added sugar or liquid sweetener. This is great on its own, on top of blended silken tofu or (for all you yogurt fanatics out there) topped on low fat greek yogurt. Keep portion size in mind with this though as there is fat in this from the peanut butter, nuts and coconut oil so limit your intake to about ¼ cup serving size.
Yields about 6 servings
1 ½ cups rolled oats
2 tablespoons of nuts (can be pecans, almonds, walnuts, pistachios, etc)
1 teaspoon of stevia
Dash of cinnamon
¼ cup peanut butter (no added sugar, just plain peanuts as the ingredients)
¼ cup melted coconut oil (at room temperature it’s solid, so pop it in the microwave for about 1 minute)
- Preheat oven to 275 degrees (not convect)
- In a medium sized bowl combine the oats, nuts, stevia and cinnamon, gently stir to combine
- Then add in the peanut butter and coconut oil and stir to combine
- Spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray and pour the granola mix then spread evenly throughout creating a thin layer.
- Bake for 25 minutes, then rotate the pan and bake for another 20 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and let cool for 2 hours before gently mixing with a rubber spatula to create small clusters. Freeze for at least 2 more hours in order to set and bond the mix.
- Granola can be kept in the freezer for up to 2 weeks
* I know this recipe seems like a bit of a long process, but trust me when I say that it’s actually very easy to put together and is so good that it’s completely worth the time to make.
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