January has come and gone. February can be a tough time to stay fit and healthy. In an effort to help you avoid the post January slump I will blog recipes and tips. This is as much for me as it is for you because lets be honest the cold dark days are demotivating for us all. But eating our body weight in chocolate and sitting on the couch is not the solution!
This week I've been busy working and let my healthy habits slide a little. I woke up this morning determined to get back to healthy ways.
The first fit February foodie piece of advice I'll give you is to make big batches of recipes. This way you have the effort and mess once but the fit food for a few days. I never have the time to cook everyday, this means making a bulk of food to have for a few days. For me this is one of the key to being healthy.
This morning I made granola. It should last until early next week (unless I scoff it all!). This is one of my favourite recipes to make.
Healthy Granola Mix
This is a great staple to have at home as it is so versatile. It can be used for breakfast, as a snack or as a dessert topping.
100g spelt flakes or jumbo porridge oats
50 g sunflower seeds
50 gr pumpkin seeds
50 g flaked almonds
50g hazelnuts (put in a sandwich bag and bash with a rolling pin)
3 tbsp agave syrup (This is found in the health shop)
4 tbsp melted coconut oil
pinch of salt
1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees.
2. Whilst the oven is heating mix all the ingredients in a big bowl.
3. Spread the ingredients into an oven proof dish. After 15 minutes remove the dish and stir the ingredients making sure that all the mixture is well tossed.
4. Place the dish back in the oven for another 15 minutes or until the ingrerdients are golden brown.
5. Remove from the oven and leave to cool. Once cooled place in an airtight container.
Variation: After the granola has cooled you may want to add chopped dried fruit such as mango, pineapple or raisins. If you don’t have agave you can use honey.