A few years ago Chris’s company sent him to a program called Corporate Athlete, Companies send their employees to Corporate Athlete to learn about energy balance, nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. Chris learned a lot about himself through this program and how to eat properly.
There were so many nuggets of wisdom that Chris was able to take with him and is still referencing years later. I see Corporate Athlete as a program that combines a healthy body, mind and spirit to achieve overall life satisfaction.
If I were to put this into an equation like Einstein it would be:
_____ + S = Life Satisfaction
One of the recipes that came out of this program was Season’s Harvest Granola. It is filled with nuts and seeds, honey and molasses.
These are the things you can do with the granola:
- eat it plain
- eat it as cereal
- eat it on cereal
- eat it on yogurt
- eat it as a granola bar
- feed it to the birds
I must admit that when I was mixing the nuts and seeds and spreading it out on the cookie sheet, I felt like I was making dinner for the birds. But once you pour that yummy sauce of sugar, molasses, honey and vanilla over the top, it becomes a delicious looking human snack.
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1/3 cup soy oil
1/3 cup honey
1 TBLS black strap molasses
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup whole uncooked almonds
1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
1/3 cup black flax seeds
1/3 cup sesame seeds, color of your choosing
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
1 TSP vanilla extract
1 TSP chunky sea salt
Heat the oven to 300. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and spray it with cooking oil. I like to use coconut cooking spray. Mix nuts, oats and sea salt. In a pan over low heat combine oil, honey, brown sugar and molasses. Cook until warm to the touch. Remove the mixture from the heat; add vanilla to the mixture and stir. Pour the warm mixture over nut and oat mixture and mix well. Pour entire mixture on the baking sheet, pat out until flat and bake at 300 for 45-60 minutes. It should be golden brown. Remove from the heat and let the granola cool. You can break up the granola in a way that you desire.
P.S. – I left the brown sugar out because I didn’t think it was necessary and it still tastes plenty sweet
Until next time, the mothership is signing off.