I used to eat a lot of cereals for breakfast. You know, the kind that come in big boxes with colorful pictures and seem so healthy! I would eat a big portion almost every morning and than very often for dinner too when I was too tired or too lazy to cook something. So there I was thinking how healthy I’m eating and always wondering how come that I cannot for the life of me lose those few extra kilos that are anyway so harder to lose once you are over 30 (how unfair is that?!). I mean, I was eating cereals and not fattening sausages or cheese toasts and still there was always that bit extra that I wanted to get rid off, even if for the rest of the day I did always eat a lot of vegetables, fish, a bit of meat and almost never fast food… But I did eat cookies and drank a lot of coffee with milk and sugar. And I did eat quite a lot of white bread, preferably with mayo! 😀
I will talk more about this topic in the post I’m preparing about my diet/nutrition change and all the positive effects it made to my health but let me just say for this particular case that the reason for not losing weight (at that time I didn’t have any other nutrition-digestion related problems so I thought those few kilos are a problem, oh how my priorities changed later on!) was the SUGAR! All those cereal boxes I was buying regularly and enjoying in large bowls with plenty of milk or yogurt were full of sugar, like we are talking few tablespoons of sugar per bowl! And that can’t be good for us, right? So if you want to start making changes and eat healthier, think about what you eat for breakfast and maybe start from there. Instead of eating those sugary cereals from pretty boxes or white bread with butter and jam (that’s still ok sometimes but just not every day!), try to make a delicious porridge, like this apple cinnamon one that you can find here or make yourself a smoothie like this one here or this one here. Or make your own delicious granola with coconut oil and maple syrup or honey and than eat it with almond (or other) milk or yogurt, kefir etc…
Granola is basically breakfast food and consists of rolled oats, nuts, honey or sugar and often some kind of dried fruit baked until golden brown. It should always be stirred few times during the baking process so it get’s baked evenly. Granola can also have loads of oil and sugar but there are also many healthier versions. This is one of them as I use smaller quantities of coconut oil and maple syrup. It’s delicious with almond or soya milk or with kefir or natural yogurt. You can also add some more fresh fruit in it if you wish, apple slices or any kind of berries would work great. It’s so easy to make, than you just store it in glass jars and you have your breakfast ready in a minute. 🙂
- 4 cups oats
- 1 cup almonds, chopped
- 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
- 4 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 4 tbsp maple syrup (or honey)
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- pinch of salt
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 175 C (350 F).
- Prepare a large baking tray and line it with parchment paper.
- In a small pan melt the coconut oil and maple syrup over low heat, set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl combine oats, chopped almonds, pumpkin seeds. Add salt, cinnamon and vanilla and stir well. Pour coconut oil & maple syrup over the oats mixture and stir to combine.
- Spread the mixture into the tray and bake for 25 minutes. (After 10 min and 20 min of baking time remove from the oven to stir.)
- When granola is baked and it's light golden color, remove it from the oven and stir in dried cranberries. Set aside to cool completely.
- Keep it in airtight container / glass jars for up to 2 weeks.