Tips & Recipes
Pumpkin Flax Granola
Prep time: about 40 minutes, can be split
Bake time: 45-60 minutes
¼ cup chia seeds
¼ cup flax seeds
½ cup virgin coconut oil
1 cup almonds, chopped
1 cup walnuts, chopped
1 cup pumpkin seeds, chopped
2 tbsp cinnamon
5 cups old fashioned rolled oats or rolled barley; barley can be bought Alaska Grown
½ cup raw honey
Large metal mixing bowl and flat spoon
9”x13” glass or stoneware baking pan
Recipe can be doubled using larger bowl and pan and longer bake time
Blender or good hand chopper
Heat oven to 375 F
Mix chia and flax seeds with coconut oil; chop nuts and pumpkin seeds. This can be done ahead (20 minutes).
Mix chopped almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, and cinnamon with chia, flax, and coconut oil.
When cinnamon is evenly distributed, mix in oats/barley.
Place in baking dish and bake 12 minutes; place on hot pad, stir granola, drizzle ½ of honey.
Bake 12 minutes, stir and add remaining honey; continue baking 12 minutes and stirring between until grains are light brown, usually 2-3 more times- Adjust to taste
When done, pour into large metal bowl for quick cool down before storage- Cool and dark storage is better
Making Breakfast Count
Eating breakfast is important, but eating immediately after waking is not necessary to have healthy breakfast habits.
Listening to body cues regarding eating is a key step towards better health, so trust your body to let you know when it is time for breakfast.
Then start the day with a well-rounded meal like eggs and whole wheat toast, quesadilla with cheese and avocado, or yogurt and granola.
The combination of protein, fat and complex carbohydrates in the first meal provides a steady energy supply to help balance meals throughout the day for good health
Beware products that normally contain fat but are made “fat free”. Fat is replaced with starches that add hidden refined carbohydrates
Make sure to get fiber in each
meal to slow down energy delivery and balance cholesterol
Prep time: about 10 minutes
Soak time: at least 4 hours; keeps 4-5 days
Servings: 1; multiply for food prep
6 oz low fat or whole milk plain yogurt
¼ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1 tbsp chia seeds
Add 1 tsp honey or maple syrup if desired; if topping with fruit additional sweetener may not be needed
Mix ingredients in glass container and soak overnight
Top with chopped nuts and fruit shortly before eating to prevent nuts and fruit getting soggy.
Multiply recipe for food prep and keep refrigerated for use through the week.
*Nutrition Facts information is for overnight oats made with low fat plain yogurt
Nutrition for Immune Health
Eating whole grains, including fruits and/or vegetables in every meal, and including plant based proteins and fat often helps nourish the immune system.
BUT without rest to let the system recharge and balance hormones, and without regular (daily) physical activity to circulate lymph fluid- a crucial component of the immune system- the nourishment will not reach target tissues.
Sleeping 7 to 9 hours per night, and taking a 20-40 minute nap during the day to recharge if needed should do the trick.
30 minutes of daily moderate exercise, for example a brisk walk that elevates your heart rate but does not keep you from talking, is ideal.
Any amount of activity is better than no activity, and as little as 5-10 minutes of daily moderate exercise improves health and immune functions
-parking further from the store
-taking the stairs down and/or up instead of the elevator
It all adds up