Kelly’s Grain-less “Granola”

granolaA go-to recipe for teacher gifts around the holidays.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 3/4 cup raw pepitas/pumpkin seeds
  • 3/4 cup raw sunflower seeds (no shell)
  • 2 1/2 cup raw sliced almonds
  • 1 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 3/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup raw honey (more if you desire)
  • 2 TBSP vanilla extract
  • 2 TBSP cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. sea salt

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 325 F. 
  • Mix all of the dry ingredients in a bowl. Set aside. 
  • Microwave the coconut oil, raw honey and vanilla extract together in a medium sized mixing bowl for about 30-45 seconds. 
  • Mix the wet ingredients into the dry.
  • Spread the granola mixture evenly onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and cook for about 20-25 minutes, stirring once or twice. Remove from heat and sprinkle with sea salt and cinnamon, pressing the mixture together to form a flat surface.
  • Allow to cool for about 20 minutes or until hardened, and then break into chunks and enjoy. 

This is really good anytime of the day and feel free to add on some fresh berries or sliced apple or pear. This granola can be the perfect fit for breakfast, snack or treat. Pair it with either coconut milk/almond milk or Greek yogurt.

Give this recipe a whirl and let me know how much you enjoy it!

Cheers to you and good health,

Kelly

Nutrient-Dense, High Protein Breakfast Options

We all know plain scrambled eggs can do the job, but they get old. Here are a few thought starters to changing things up with your morning routine:

Cupcakes

Starting with my personal favorite – protein cupcakes. And don’t let the wording confuse you. These cupcakes are not sweet, nor would you find them at a trendy bakery. These bad boys will keep you full till lunch and they are portable if you are short on time. Depending on your activity level have 2-3 Paleo Infused breakfast Muffins for breakfast and if you find you are still hungry pair them with some steamed vegetables or avocado. Check out the Paleo Infused Breakfast muffin recipe here. 

Pancakes

Super easy recipe, yet, I often find myself making these on the weekend. Details: 2 eggs, 1 small banana or 1/2 of a banana. Add spices if desired i.e. ginger, cinnamon. Mix ingredients thoroughly and cook 2 pancakes as normal.

Breakfast Tacos

Ground chorizo meat, fresh tomatoes and lettuce (butter lettuce) cups. if you want more specific here is another breakfast taco recipe.

Sweet Blueberry Sweet Potato

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Fruit’n Eggs

Who says fruit only goes with parfaits or waffles? Not this girl. Throw some diced apple or sliced strawberries in your egg scramble. Perfect for times when you are craving something more sweet. If you really want to get creative, add some spices like cinnamon, clove, ginger, etc. Dried herb and spices are packed with antioxidants and nutrients, rounding our the meal with even more nutrition.

Breakfast Pizza

Keeping in theme of America’s favorite meal items, lets reform pizza to something that can fuel us properly and allow us to thrive. This is a great Meatza recipe.

Frittata

Frittatas are making a comeback and they are perfect for those who want to make something in advance and have an easy re-heatable meal for mornings. These recipes look scrumptious: Egg and Sausage Frittata, Southwestern FrittataBrussels Spouts and Spinach Frittata

Homemade Trail Mix

Trail mix can be the perfect solution for a nutrient-dense meal in the morning, especially if you don’t have a problem over-consuming nuts. Here are 2 lovely recipes that use healthy oils and heating techniques, retaining the nutrition we need for optimal health. Sweet and Salty Trail Mix and Paleo Trail Mix.

Smoothies

So many options here and I find clients like to have smoothies as a structured meal, helping them to stay on tract. While there is some debate for protein powders, if I were to put one forward, I like the fermented goat protein from Tropical Traditions. That said, you judge what is best for you, some people may not need the protein powder and instead just use hemp seeds for protein and fat.

Creamy Chocolate 

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup of almond milk or coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • 2 tsp of cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons of avocado

Cinnamon Banana Delight

  • 1 cup of coconut milk or almond milk
  • 1 small frozen banana
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup of ice

Cocoa Coffee

  • 1 cup of coffee (cooled)
  • 1/2 small frozen banana
  • 1 tsp of cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon of almond butter
  • 1/2 cup of coconut milk or almond milk
  • Ice (3 cubes)

Berry Protein Blend

  • 2 scoops of protein powder
  • 1/2 cup of berries (your choice)
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 c of frozen or fresh spinach (alter serving size to less if frozen)
  • 3/4 cup of water