I love living in NYC, but it can be overwhelming and downright toxic for your health if you’re not careful. I’ve always used Sundays as a day to reset – whether to recover from a long weekend of fun nights out, or to prepare for a long week ahead of work and travel where healthy meals are far and few between. A little time spent on detoxing on Sundays has gone a long way to combat the madness of city living.
I’ve never been able to be too extreme in my approach. Days straight of drinking only juices and concoctions or severely limiting my diet or behavior has never worked for me or has felt particularly healthy. So, instead, I just try to set myself up for low-sugar, low-flour, low-alcohol weeks, kicking it off on Sunday.
Some Sundays are more successful than others. Life is life. But, I’ll plan to share one approach a week with you guys to try to keep myself honest, and hear how you all keep yourselves healthy.
First up: my favorite granola recipe! I grabbed and adjusted from Cookie + Kate, a fantastic whole foods cooking blog that you should check out. I make it in bulk, and then try to pack it with me for breakfasts or snacks during the week. It is naturally sweetened with honey (or maple syrup, if you prefer), instead of the pounds of white sugar you’ll find in the grocery store variety. I also sneak in a little ground flaxseed for some extra Omega-3 and fiber. That, along with whatever combination of dried fruits, nuts and seeds I have in the pantry that week, and I’m done. Couldn’t be easier.
The recipe below will yield about 5-6 servings, so I typically double it to have a stockpile.
- 4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1½ cup raw nuts and/or seeds (I use a combination of chopped pecans, walnuts and sunflower seeds)
- 1/3 cup ground flaxseed
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon of nutmeg or cinnamon
- ½ cup melted coconut oil
- ½ cup maple syrup or honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ⅔ cup dried fruit (I use a combination of cranberries, blueberries and cherries)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix together all of the dry ingredients except the fruit. Pour in the honey, oil and vanilla and mix it until the dry ingredients are evenly coated. Throw it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and into the oven for about 25 minutes, stirring once about half way through.
Once it’s out of the oven, I let it set for a few hours. I like my granola clumpy and it tends to stick together better than way. Mix the dried fruit in once its chilled and set.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some granola to chomp…