Vanilla Almond Granola

I really enjoy making my own granola since its soooo easy and you can control all the ingredients! This is one of my favorite recipes for a sweet, sticky and crunchy granola exploding with vanilla and almond flavours! Healthy, homemade granola is so fast and easy to make.

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Vanilla Almond Granola

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Ingredients:

  • IMG_40062 and 1/2 cups (200g) old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup (100g) slivered almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch salt (about 1/8 teaspoon)
  • 1/4 cup (120ml) pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 Raw Honey
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 300F degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

Toss the oats, almonds, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl. Set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk the maple syrup and coconut oil together until combined. Whisk in the almond and vanilla extracts. Pour over the oats and toss to coat. Make sure all of the oats are moistened.

Spread onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Allow granola to cool completely – the air will help the granola obtain a crunchy texture. Granola remains fresh in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 weeks.

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Healthy Chicken Wing Recipe

Hey hey!

Sorry for the lack of posts this week, I was traveling for work and barely had a second to breathe! Recently, I have been really craving chicken wings! Mmmmm Chicken Wings…

I recently came up with a not-so-guilty all the flavor of chicken wings dish without the guilt of having the deep fried chicken. The main plus is that this dish is very low in calories and carbs, but high in protein and greens! SCORE!

Healthy Chicken Wings

IMG_5625Ingredients:
1 bag of broccoli slaw
4 Chicken Breasts
4-5 Tablespoons Blue Cheese Dressing (preferably one made with greek yogurt – low in calories and high in protein)
4 Tablespoons Franks Red Hot Sauce

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Directions:

  • Marinate chicken breasts in Franks Red Hot Sauce (You can skip this step if you want)

  • Pour the broccoli slaw into a large bowl and put blue cheese dressing on top. Allow to sit for 15-20 minutes before serving so the slaw softens a little and the dressing soaks in.

  • Cook chicken breasts as preferred. I usually cook them on the BBQ. You will want to make sure they are fully cooked through – no pink! 9-12 minutes per side and an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C). You can also cook the chicken in the pan on your stove top, or in the oven, if preferred.

  • Cut chicken breasts into bite size pieces and place into a large bowl

  • Toss chicken with more Franks Red Hot Sauce

  • Fill a soup or salad bowl 3/4 of the way with the slaw mix and top with desired amount of chicken

  • EAT AND ENJOY!!

Serves: 4-6 people

Meet me on the mat – Yoga mat that is!

Lunchtime yoga may be my new favorite thing! I work from home, so it is perfect for me to run out from 12-1 for a quick hour yoga class and I come back feeling focused and ready to work the rest of the day. Does anyone else enjoy lunch hour yoga?

IMG_3890I am a huge fan of hot yoga! I’ve tried multiple studios and different types of yoga and usually buy 10 class passes to various places to try them out and see what I think. I am going to breakdown some benefits and different type of yoga for you guys incase you are considering trying it out. I would HIGHLY recommend it because you feel fantastic afterwards and if you are a runner or have tight hips/back/neck etc. this could be a life changer 🙂

I am guilty of not stretching or barely stretching after most of my workouts, so yoga fits perfectly into my routine. It lengthens and elongates the body while making you feel all nice and relaxed. I have VERY tight hip flexors and I find I hate my life when the instructor starts the pigeon or other hip openers, but I am so thankful after.

Ok…so here we go…

Types of Yoga:

yogatypesI am a big fan of Moksha Yoga studios which they have all over Ontario because of a few reasons:

1. They play music
2. They don’t take it too seriously and make the classes fun
3. They mix it up with different poses every class
4. They often mix in some pilates, push ups, sit ups, etc.

But, you can make your own choices on what you like as you experiment with different studios!

Now…the benefits:

YogabenefitsSome other benefits include: Improved brain function, better focus, improved digestion, lower stress levels, improved sexual function, anxiety relief, strong bones, etc, etc, etc.So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and try a class today!! Here is a little laugh for your Friday hehecatyoga

Pumpkin, Pumpkin and more Pumpkin!!

Who else loves fall? I am head over heels for fall…the leaves, the colours, the boots, the fabulous clothing, and of course pumpkin everything! All day everyday! This made me laugh:

pumpkinAnyway…I thought I would share my favorite baking secret with all of you that can turn anything into a pumpkin muffin, cake, loaf, etc….It’s the easiest thing you will ever bake!!

Ok…ready for it!? Grab any box mix…Brownie, chocolate, white cake, etc….I used spice cake. Now, instead of adding water, oil and eggs just add a can of pumpkin!!

5396cakemix_pumpkinThe one point I want to STRESS is to make sure you buy 100% pure pumkin puree and NOT the pumpkin pie filling. It will not turn out properly and will not have the health benefits and low calories of the puree.

Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Muffins

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imageIngredients:

1 box of spice cake
1 can of 100% pure pumpkin puree
1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)

Directions: Mix all ingredients together and pour into a loaf pan or muffin tin and cook according to box directions. I would suggest you do the toothpick test (put it in the middle and pull it out and make sure no cake sticks). I found I need to cook it a little longer than the box suggests when using pumpkin. Eat and Enjoy!!!

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Curried Ginger Sweet Potato Soup

I had left-over sweet potato from some fries I made the other day and figured I would use them in a soup. Here is a soup I created with some ingredients most people already have in their house. If you don’t eat sweet potatoes you are seriously missing out…they are great tasting and very healthy!

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Curried Ginger Sweet Potato Soup

IMG_3972 Ingredients:
2 Sweet Potatoes
5 Tablespoons Greek Yogurt2 Cups Low Sodium Vegetable Broth
2 Tablespoons Grated Ginger
2 Tablespoons Curry Powder
1/2 Tablespoon Chili Powder (optional)
1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
IMG_6251Directions:
First you want to cook the sweet potatoes in the oven. I cooked mine for about 25 minutes at 400 degrees. Once cooked scoop out all the innards and put into a blender (you could also use a food processor). Blend all ingredients: Greek Yogurt, broth, ginger, curry, cinnamon & chili powder. Pour into a soup pot and heat for a couple of minutes. I topped mine with another dollop of greek yogurt and some avocado. Enjoy!!

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