One of the most important things to look at when you approach a healthier lifestyle is are you getting enough variety in your diet? Breakfast is a tricky meal because it normally needs to be quick so we tend to have the same thing every day especially during the working week. I reckon from the age of 5-10 my breakfast was marmite on toast then from age 10-16 was cheerios every day! This has been one of my biggest changest since living a healthier lifestyle. I hardly ever have the exact same breakfast twice in one week.
For example, Monday might be a green smoothie, Tuesday could be some kind of porridge, Wednesday boiled eggs on rye bread, Thursday might be a berry smoothie bowl, Friday a spelt or oat eggy pancake, Saturday homemade granola and almond milk and Sunday could be a chia pudding. Once you know what you need for a nutritious breakfast it really can be easy to vary it day to day!
You just want to ensure you are getting in protein and any complex carbohydrate. Lots of people think that you must have eggs or meat to get protein but protein is actually in leafy greens, nuts and sources such as flaxseeds. That’s why I have included flaxseeds and walnuts in this energising granola recipe.
Granola is loved by so many of us, the crunchy clusters with cold milk poured over is simply heaven but many store bought granolas contain tons of sugar with the amount of dried fruit and added sugar. My version contains no refined sugar and the only sweetener is a banana.
2 tbsps olive oil
1 tbsp hazelnut and cacao butter (can use almond butter/peanut butter)
1 large ripe mashed banana
2 cups gluten free oats
1/4 cup walnuts
3 heaped tbsp Linwoods flaxseeds and goji berries
Preheat oven to 190C.
Combine your mashed banana, olive oil and nut butter in a bowl making sure it’s all mixed in.
In a baking tray mix your oats, walnuts and flaxseeds.
Pour your banana nut butter oil mix over the oats, walnuts and flaxseeds and stir in until fully combined. Some bits will clump together but they are the best bits 😉
Bake in the oven for 10 mins then turn the oven off but leave the tray in the oven to cool with the door slightly a jar.
Enjoy with some natural yogurt or dairy free milk of your choice!
“Flaxseeds are one of nature’s richest sources of essential fatty acid Omega 3 which we must get from our food.” Linwoods.
I recently had a cholesterol test which showed my levels of bad cholesterol LDL were very low and my levels of good cholesterol HDL were excellent and I truly believe this is down to my diet. I’d love to know if you make my super energising granola, send me you pics on twitter/instagram and happy healthy breakfasting! 😉
Love, Lottie x