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Thursday, 5 May 2011

Granola Cups; Breakfast can't get any Better!!

Healthy can be good too!
When it comes to adopting healthy life styles, breakfast is the first step. We all know how important breakfast is. We have been exhaustingly hearing this message. This is not meant to tap on clichés, but I have to say this is so true. Food is in essence fuel, and breakfast fuels your day, giving you energy to go on, starts your metabolism, and most importantly kick starts your internal processes. This is a good place to start your healthy lifestyle!
Many skip breakfast, and when asked why, everyone seemed to agree that they cannot be bothered preparing breakfast in the morning, and many said they got tired and bored of "cereal". Others thought that they eat more throughout the day once they have breakfast, so they prefer to go on empty instead!
Flax seed
Here is the thing... if you have a sugary, fatty or simple-carb loaded breakfast, you are likely to eat more throughout the day. Because simple-carbs and sugars take you on an instant insulin high, which leads to a sharp drop of sugar levels, shortly after that meal. Which leads you to start craving sugars and keep picking throughout your day. But Good news, you can avoid that! You need slow sugar-releasing meals, low GI options. These foods will give you the required energy, kick start your metabolism, and the slow release of sugar will keep you energised and feeling full till lunch time. Granola is one of these options.
Not only technically, but Granola, when done right, is a super delicious breakfast that will have you waiting for that first meal. You might even not resist it as a snack during the day!!
Rolled Oats
This recipe includes all the ingredients that are super good for your body. Like oats, which are known to decrease your cholesterol levels and is good for your heart. Flax seed is one of the most celebrated food at the moment. The Flax seed craze is due to its low carb content, high fiber, good fat, and Omega 3 load. It is now known to be a dieter's best friend as it loads you up with all things good, and will keep you satisfied therefore keeps hunger at bay. Another ingredient in this recipe is Canola Oil. Canola Oil, is low on saturated fat, and includes Omega 3 Fatty Acids, and therefore is a healthier oil option, recognised by the American Dietetic Association, and the American Heart Association.
I am exploring these properties with you, so to let you know the health benefits and hopefully inspire you to make better options when grocery shopping. Little changes to our diets, and our choices can impact our lives greatly. I am referring to healthy here, and by no means referring to the 'Size Zero' craze!
This recipe will last up to 6 months in an air-tight container. You will make it ahead of time, and will only need to pore into a bowl and eat. Very convenient. So now you have no excuse! have Breakfast!

To Make Granola
You Need
10 cups Rolled Oats, preferably brown oats
1/2 cup wheat germ, from health shops & can sometimes be found at supermarkets
1/2 cup flax seed, milled (finally available @Spinney's)
1 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup slithered almonds, toasted till lightly browned
3/4 cup Canola oil
1 1/2 cups water
3/4 cups honey
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon powder

Preheat oven to 300F.

In a large bowl, combine oats, wheat germ, flax seed, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seads and almonds, toss to combine and set aside.

In a saucepan, combine, water, oil, honey, vanilla & cinnamon. Place over medium heat, and stir till thoroughly combined without bringing to a boil. pour onto the mixed dry ingredients and mix to coat. Pour the granola mixture onto a jelly roll pan and spread into an even layer. Toast in preheated oven for 30-40 minutes, stirring twice throughout.

Cool mixture completely, separate if any get clumped together. Place in an airtight container and store at room temperature for up to 6 months. If they last that long! Pour into bowl when ready to eat.

For these Ultra Delicious Granola Cups
You Need
3 tbsp Granola (prepared from the recipe above)
2 tbsp Organic Vanilla Yoghurt, or your preferred yoghurt
2 tsp honey, maple syrup, or vanilla syrup
Roasted pineapple pieces
Fresh Blackberries
Fresh blueberries

Place 1 tsp of honey at the bottom of the cup. top with 1 tbsp granola, top with vanilla yoghurt, then with the remaining 2 tbsp granola. Top all with the rosted pineapple pieces and berries, drizzle with the remaining 1 tsp honey.

You will love this, just give it a go. If you are not into yoghurt, then serve granola with milk, vanilla soy milk, or rice milk.

Thank you for dropping by, and hope You liked this post. These are my fave ever breakfast. Try them out they will become yours too :))