How to make delicious homemade maple almond granola

 Homemade granola: the cheaper and better breakfast/snack that lasts all week

About 3 years ago, I started buying granola from my Local Food Co-Op. It was about $10/bag & it disappeared very quickly in my house. The co-op only offered my favorite flavor periodically, so I was inspired to make my own maple almond granola. You can flex any of the nuts & seeds in the recipe or increase the wet ingredients for even more clumps. 

Take it out of the oven at the recommended time. It won't look done until it's cooled and hardened. The almond extract in this is a game changer!


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This recipe was originally published at Iowa Girl Eats blog & I make modifications as desired (like double pecans!): 

Maple Almond Granola:

3 cups certified gluten­free old fashioned oats
1 cup whole raw almonds, divided

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Dessert, Breakfast or Snack that makes you Feel Great about in 2-3 Ingredients!

happiness health meal prep Sep 05, 2016

Today, I'm going to talk about a dessert or snack that makes you feel great. That's because of it's high content of Omega-3. Good sources of Omega-3 are usually in fish but this is a plant base source of Omega-3. We'll get couple of ingredients and mix them together.


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Food that Improves your Gut Health

gut health happiness health Sep 01, 2016


What is the major type of food you could be eating more of to improve your overall health and immunity? Hint: not champagne but it is bubbly! Let me show you some!


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Oodles of Zoodles: Quick Review of 3 Zucchini Noodle Makers & Fast Recipe Ideas!

health meal prep Sep 01, 2016

I want to show you what to do with zucchini. A few different types of zoodlers and one that does not require any special equipment. In order to create zucchini noodle, you can use cone-shaped zoodler, Kuhn Rikon peeler or carrot peeler. You may also heat the zoodles maximum of 2-3 minutes.


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Three things the words "I'm busy" might say about you.

Uncategorized Aug 31, 2016

That other "B" word.

Think of the last time time you asked someone how they were doing. What was his or her response? How often does that other person tell you he or she is "busy"?

Busy just might be the most subjective word in the English language. What's funny is that research shows we are happier when we have more going on in our lives. So what disconnects happen in the mad rush of life that make us feel otherwise? 

Well, here are 3 things that the words "I'm busy" could be saying about you:

1. It tells you what you value:

At the end of the day, what we busy ourselves with is completely our choice. If I value my child's clogging dance class, why should I complain that I need to drive her there? Why are we so inconvenienced if we're doing the things we deem important?
Do we value our friendships, family and health? Somehow, most of us find time to scroll social media and watch TV. But maybe we forget to call our mom, or choose not to. Because we're busy, we say. But the flip...

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Inflammation 101: Our Friend, Our Enemy, and some Practical Things You can Do

happiness health Aug 26, 2016


I’m going to talk about inflammation, what that is and simple things that you could do to combat that everyday. Inflammation was meant to be our friend. It’s how our body naturally respond to injury and stress.


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Let's eat: casual prep mango, avo, cuke salad + anti-inflammatory root veggies & tomato mozz bites

health meal prep Jul 13, 2016

There is a Hydroponic Greenhouse near my parents’ house and they have chocolate tomatoes. They are super sweet and delicious. I add basil and fresh mozzarella to it. Then drizzle some balsamic vinegar and it was crazy good!


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Thinking about it; from good to great: The Equation for Getting What You Want

happiness health Jul 08, 2016

Every morning, I try to have a little personal development in my day, a motivation, or inspiration because that’s what gives me my mojo for today. So, the 3 ingredients from moving from good to great include consistency, patience and competence. It’s like, do I know the route I want to go? So, let me give you some example.


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Are you disregarding the most free & easy thing you could do for your health?

happiness health Jul 02, 2016

Imagine, if you had an organ that took up 2/3 of your body, it would be huge. You would have whole sub-specialties dedicated to it, entire universities, and reserachers and hospital whatever. It would be a big deal. But that's what water in our body. It's 2/3 in our body. In fact infants have 75% water and for elderly, it moves down to 60%. So you see the shift.


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How you Know You’ve Gone Hippy? A Gut Health Experiment in my Kitchen

gut health health Jul 01, 2016

So today, I’m going to talk about making your own Kombucha. If you’ve been around very long, you might know that I love gut health and Probiotics. Probiotics is important because they are good bacteria that you take in. So, when you take antibiotic, you kill all the bacteria in your gut. So, you want to repopulating your gut with good bacteria. Your gut is the main portion of your immune system and you want to nourish it all the time.


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