I am on a journey. An "I want to be healthy" journey. I have been in the process of steering my family away from processed foods. It hasn't been easy, but it is totally worth it. At the same time, I am very overweight. Yep. It's true. I treat food as my drug of choice. It's good - but it is not something that you can quit cold turkey. A girl's gotta eat! Amiright?
|Me and my beautiful sister, Mary.|
Anyway. Right now I am choosing to not eat carbs. I can have anything I want. But, today, I am choose to not eat carbs and I am choose to watch my sodium and fat, too. I have also chosen to follow the Medifast plan. I have lost 19.8 pounds in two weeks. Wow. My 18 year old daughter has lost 19 in 3 weeks (she started this eating transformation) and my 13 year old daughter has lost 6 in two weeks (she's on a teen program that encourages healthy carbs). We are all feeling better and have more energy. It is amazing what a little change in cooking will do for the whole family.
However, I do have a family. This includes 3 teenagers who DO eat anything and everything and a husband that does choose to eat carbs. My barely 17 year old 6'4" boy - also the healthiest eater of us all (he doesn't like junk food or processed food. I, on the other hand love fat and sugar like I love my own children. Hence the problem.) - is hungry ALL THE TIME.
One of his favorite snacks is Greek yogurt with granola. Here is my favorite recipe for it. You can leave out the M&M's if you want (I know that they are not healthy.)
4 cups rolled oats
1 - 1 1/2 cups mixed grains (wheat germ, oat bran, flax)
2 cups nuts (pecans, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, almonds)
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup (the real deal, not flavored corn syrup)
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup oil
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 - 1 1/2 cup dried fruit (raisins, craisins, dried cherries, etc.)
M&M's or chocolate chips (optional)
Heat oven to 325 degrees.
Combine the oats, grains, nuts and salt in a big bowl. Mix it up.
Combine the sugar, syrup, honey, oil, cinnamon and vanilla in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently.
As soon as the sugars start to boil, remove from heat and pour over the oat mixture. Stir it up.
Spread the oat mixture on a baking sheet and bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes. Stir once during baking.
Let the granola cool completely.
Stir in the fruit and chocolate.
Store in an airtight container.