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New Workout Page and Honey Peanut Buttery Granola

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Boy, oh boy do I have a recipe for you!

But first, I want to tell you about some updates I made to the blog yesterday.

After the usual Sunday grocery shopping and food prep, I got out of the house and headed to Starbucks to completely focus on getting some blog work done.

 

The end result was a mission accomplished!  I updated the workout tab on the top bar, and created a drop down list categorizing various workouts that I have created, my race stats, and I compiled all of my fitness related posts into one place.

So, if you are in need of  a workout routine, then head on over to the workout page to check it out!

Now, on to the important stuff…

Honey Peanut Buttery Granola

I had really been wanting to make a batch of granola recently, so I decided yesterday was as good as a day as any!  I looked at several of my usual recipes, took bits and pieces from each and threw in a little of my own flair.  The end result was completely tasty.

Ingredients (warning, this recipe makes a TON!! So you can definitely half it or even quarter it!):

  • 1 1/2 cups honey
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar syrup
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 8 cups oats
  • 2 cups sunflower seed
  • 1 1/2 cups wheat germ
  • 1 tsp salt

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350.

In a large microwave safe bowl, combine the peanut butter, oil, honey, vanilla, and agave.  Place in the microwave and heat for about 1 minute, or until it is slightly bubbly and easy to stir and combine.

Place dry ingredients in peanut butter and honey mixture.  Stir until combined.  Place the mixture onto one or two greased cookie sheets.

Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.  Remove from the oven and stir.  Reduce the oven temperature to 250, and place the granola back in the oven for 10-15 minutes removing it to stir and replacing it back in the oven until it is the desired brownness.

When it is done cooking, spread the granola on waxed paper to cool, then store in a sealed container.

ENJOY!!!

Cranberry Citrus Hemp Granola

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About a year ago, my Mom purchased me a GIANT container of homemade granola at a spring family auction that my sorority held.  To this day, I can honestly say that is my favorite granola, yet I never got the recipe for it!

The spring time weather has had me thinking about this sweet, crisp, nutty granola so I thought that I would attempt to make my own version.  With Brian as my official taste tester, I think we both agree that this recipe for granola truly hits the spot.  The crispness is just right, the citrus gives a great contrast to the spicy cinnamon and sweet cranberries, and it is great plain or on top of plain Greek yogurt with honey (that is Brian’s favorite way to enjoy it!)

Not only does this granola taste delicious, but it is rich in healthy fats like omega 3’s and 6’s, B Vitamins, Vitamin E, and Fiber 🙂

I hope you enjoy the recipe!

Cranberry Citrus Hemp Granola

Servings:  8

Cook Time:  20-25 Minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup oats
  • 3 Tbsp wheat germ
  • 3 Tbsp ground flax seed
  • 3 Tbsp Foods Alive hemp seed
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • Juice and zest from 1/2 lemon
  • Juice and zest from 1/2 orange
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup cranberries, dried

Directions:

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine oats, wheat germ, hemp seed, flax seed, cinnamon, and almonds.

In a separate bowl, combine brown sugar, honey, orange and lemon juice and zest, and vanilla. Melt in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Combine mixture and pour over the top of the dry ingredients. Mix until completely combined.

Spread on a baking sheet in an even layer. Place in the oven. Remove from oven and stir every 8 minutes for about 25 min.

Once the granola is evenly browned, place in a large bowl and toss with the cranberries.  Place on wax paper to cool and harden.

Enjoy!!

Nutrition:

Calories:  173.5  Fat:  5.7g  Carbs:  36.9g  Protein:  5.7g

Why Do YOU Do It??

It’s Friday!

This week has felt a little long to me because I had two days off right in the middle of the week.  I’m the kind of girl who loves a routine so the random days off and inconsistent schedule of working in the retail world kind of trip me up.

 

After my workout this morning, I had a delicious bowl of fruit and granola.

Apples, bananas, blackberries and granola on the bottom.  Tasty!

 

Workout

This morning’s workout was another video from the Insanity series.  I woke up with my knee feeling great, so I was ready to test it a little more with some of the high intensity moves.

 

At the end of the workout, Shaun T (the instructor and creator of Insanity), said that as a fitness professional he sometimes wonders why he does what he does, but then he realizes he does it to look good.  This made me think.

Why do I workout most mornings?  Why do I do what I do?

 

I would be lying if I didn’t say a portion of why I work out is so that I am proud of the way I look, but that isn’t the only reason.  As an 8th grader (so long ago!) I was in a science group that studied childhood obesity.  We focused on the importance of balanced and wholesome nutrition accompanied by fitness and leading an active lifestyle when educating elementary school children about how to be “healthy.”  It stuck with me.  I know that the working out and healthy diet that I strive for now will pay off years down the road.  I do what I do so that I can live a long, healthy life.  I want to be exercising when I’m 90!

 

I also do what I do because it makes me feel good.  For me, physical activity is a natural mood lifter.  Whenever I am feeling bad about myself, having a sad day, or am just in a funk the second I begin some sort of physical activity I seriously feel infinitely better.

 

So, my question to you this morning is Why do you workout???

 

Things to check out today:

A To-Do List for a To-Do List

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Starting the day off with a good to-do list always makes me feel like it will be an efficient and productive day!  First on the list is to visit a potential wedding venue with Brian 🙂  While researching venues, budgeting, and making the guest list I have found this book to be so helpful!  It always find things more approachable when broken down into list form, and this book has a list for everything.

Everyone loves a good list!

For breakfast this morning I made Brian a batch of pancakes by making a regular pancake batter and adding in a little bit of the Cranberry Nutty Granola into the batter.  He said they were deeelish 🙂

Crunchy Pancakes

For myself I had a little coffee smoothie bowl with granola on top…also deeelish.

The Usual

Off to visit the venue and knock things off that to-do list!