Homemade Granola

For some time I have been experimenting with making my own granola. Since ditching cereal out of a box, I wanted an alternative breakfast cereal that tasted delicious and was whole food based.

Making your own is easier than you think

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Oats (quinoa flakes for gluten free)
  • 1 cup Almonds chopped
  • 1/2 cup Pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup Sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup Cashews or any other nut of choice chopped
  • 2 cups Flaked coconut
  • 1 cup Currents
  • 1 cup Ningxia Wolfberries
  • 1/4- 1/3 cup Coconut oil (melted)
  • 1-2 drops Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil

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Method

In a bowl combine oats, coconut, nuts, seeds.

Drizzle dry ingredients with coconut oil and roast on trays for 60mins at 120 degrees. A long slow roast will produce lovely crispy granola.

Once done return granola in mixing bowl add cinnamon bark essential oil and dried fruit. Mix well. Cool and store in glass jars.

For a plain granola omit the coconut oil and add dried fruit and you are done!

Store in Glass jars in the pantry and enjoy with your preferred milk and yoghurt.

This is a large batch and lasts our family of 5 at least a week. The great thing is that you can adjust the ingredients to your liking. Pecans and 1/2 tsp vanilla powder make a great addition too. It would however make a lovely gift!

Note

Ningxia Wolfberries (Lycium barbarum)

The wolfberries sourced for NingXia Red hail from the Ningxia province in Northern China. This superfruit has one of the highest percentages of fiber of any whole food and contains zeaxanthin—a carotenoid important to maintaining healthy vision. It also contains polysaccharides, amino acids, and symbiotic vitamin mineral pairs that when present together promote optimum internal absorption.1

There are a number of studies 2, 3 demonstrating the positive effects of the Ningxia wolfberry. Delaying optic nerve degeneration and reducing ischaemic brain injury by maintaining mitochondrial balance both confirm the long standing thought of the people from the Ninxia province in China for supporting our health

Young Living also produce a Ningxia infused drink Ningxia red, that is not only delicious but a easy method for the whole family to enjoy. A 60ml daily dose for adults and 30ml for children to provide an array of health promoting anti-oxidants.

Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil

Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil a registered culinary oil. It is important you only use a very small amount as it is strong. 1-2drops are plenty. It has a delicous flavour and aroma when added to dishes. It should always be added at the end of cooking. For more great ideas using Essential oils in your cooking visit Young Living blog for a fabulous apple cinnamon chip recipe and Flavour of Joy website and follow Chef kate McAloon use these delicous oils in her recipes.

 

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Sources

  1. http://ningxiared.com/benefits/
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28807155
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28808422

Yoga- Healthy mind, Healthy body

Yoga has many benefits for the body. Health benefits may include increased fitness and normalisation of blood pressure. It is a known antidote of stress. Reported lower levels of stress, increased health and wellbeing from regular practice occurs as the practice of concentrating on poses and breath acts as a form of meditation. This all sounds good to me!

Diffusing essential oils in Yoga can enhance the uplifting experience when practising yoga. Some yoga studios are using essential oil based sprays to wipe down their yoga mats

For me getting to a yoga studio is not always practical as a parent. I have started practicing yoga at home and there have been a numerous benefits. I can practice any time, my children join in and I use my diffuser to enhance the experience. I am able to work on my strength and flexibility at home and I ALWAYS feel better afterwards

There are a few things I have been using to make my home yoga experience work for me.

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 Yoga Studio App  I recently purchased this app my iPhone and I love it.  Follow one fo their classes or customise your own. Not particularly tech savvy I have worked out how to mirror the screen to my TV and I have my own private class with the convenience of being at home.

I was not keen on using a Yoga mat that was made of synthetics. Recently I purchased a Cork Leaf yoga mat.  The first Australian company making natural yoga mats using recycled cork backed by natural tree rubber. Naturally anti-microbial, smooth and grippy. No need for a cleaning spray, simply let dry and roll away. I love that it feels cool under your feet. They also plant a tree for every yoga mat purchased! More expensive than some others on the market, the fact that it was natural was a big winner for me and as I am not paying for classes I felt that this offset the price. Definitely worth it. However now everyone loves the mat I might have to purchase another.

Essential oils you might like to try to diffuse are Bergamot for its uplifting properties, Frankincense* for its strenghtening and centering, Lavender* for calming and peppermint* for clear breathing. There are so many more options and sometimes it is a personal preference. Blending a couple of drops of different oils works well too. I choose Young Living Essential oils and you can read more why here

In our busy lives, I hope you can take some time out for yourself and benefit your mind and body by practicing yoga.

Belinda

*Essential Oils in Premium Starter kit

Sources

https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/pilates-and-yoga-health-benefits

https://www.youngliving.com/blog/energize-your-morning-with-aroma-yoga/

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