I’m making some changes to my website. I changed my blog to a simple looking design, and added a cool feature for the recipes to be viewed and printed from. I’m not sure if I like everything yet, and I still have a lot of tweaks to work on. I would love some feedback. What do you think of the updates?
My dietary changes are still in the works as well. This no junk food 21 day challenge has been super hard! I don’t eat a lot of pre-packaged (like Hamburger Helper kind of stuff) or fast foods, but I do take far too many bites of sweet treats throughout my day. All those little bites can add up to a big serving! It has been a challenge to stick with good for you snacks!
I adapted this Quinoa Pumpkin Seed Granola from Better Homes and Gardens Magazine (January 2013). This granola is filled with all things good for you, Quinoa (KEEN-wah), seeds, nuts, and dried fruit. I’m pleasantly surprised by how satisfying granola can be. Granola isn’t particularly a low-cal food, but this combination is packed with protein, and just a 1/4 cup fills me up!
Ok, I don’t know if you thought of this, but after looking at these close-up pictures, this granola resembles bird seed, right? Ha-ha!
I’ve added some granola to my Greek yogurt for breakfast (grainy phone photo), and topped it on fresh fruit, as well and eating it just as it is.
My first batch was made with flaxseed, and my second with chia seed.
They both have a delicious crunch when you take bites of it, but I’m not sure which is nutritionally better. I have been under the impression that to get the benefits of flax it had to be ground, if not then the seeds will pass right through you, but chia can be eaten as-is.
Does anyone know if that is true?
This food challenge has been good for me. I’m much more aware of the foods and snacks I’m putting in my mouth, but I already know that it’s far too strict for me. I need chocolate to be a happy person, and I just don’t think I want to deny myself happiness. Makes sense, right ? 😉
Quinoa Pumpkin Seed Granola
- 1 cup uncooked quinoa rinsed and drained well
- 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds pepitas
- 1/2 cup whole and/or slivered almonds
- 1/4 cup flax or chia seed
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 Tablespoon melted coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
- 1 cup dried fruit cranberries, cherries, golden raisins, chopped apricots
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl combine quinoa, pumpkin seeds, almonds, and flax or chia seeds. In a small microwave-safe bowl heat honey on high power for 20 seconds. Stir in coconut oil, cinnamon, and salt. Pour honey mixture over quinoa mixture; toss to coat. Spread in a 15x10x1-inch baking pan.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown, stirring a couple of times. Remove from oven, and stir in dried fruit. Cool and break up any large pieces.
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Have a wonderful week and make sure to put your freshly made granola in a container not to be confused with food for the birds 🙂