It’s that time of year, where it’s pumpkin spice everything, and this granola recipe will turn pumpkin spice lovers into complete addicts. Can you keep a secret? It’s healthy for you. Shhhh….. don’t tell!
This is one of those snacks that a handful will do ya. It’s healthy, yes, but it also contains it’s fair share of calories, so tread lightly on the amount of consumption. Take it to work for a snack, or as cliche as it sounds, take it along hiking as trail mix! It will gill you up and give you energy!
Pumpkin – Aside from being one of the yummiest food on the planet, pumpkin is full of Vitamin A which boosts vision, and is one of the best known sources of the antioxidant beta-carotene, Vitamin C. It’s full of fiber, it may help to protect against cancer, asthma, and heart disease, and increase your immunity.
Pumpkin Seeds – If I didn’t convince you at pumpkin, the seeds are full of tryptophan, the amino acid which helps the body make serotonin, which is the feel-good neurotransmitter which helps you relax. They have magnesium, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids,and fiber. They are great for immune support, omega-3 fats, prostate health, heart and liver health, and are anti-inflammatory.
Almonds – We’ve all heard that almonds are good for prostate health, but they also assist with blood sugar control, lower blood pressure levels, lower cholesterol levels, and prevent harmful oxidation of LDL cholesterol. They are full of fiber, protein, fat, vitamin E, manganese, magnesium, and antioxidants.
Walnuts – Did you ever notice that walnuts look like a brain and are also great for brain health? No coincidence there! Walnuts have cancer fighting properties for prostate and breast cancer, are anti-inflammatory, heart healthy, full of antioxidants, and help with weight control. They are full of Vitamin E, folate, omega-3 fatty acids, copper, folic acid, phosphorus, and Vitamin B6.
Pecans – Pecans contain more than 19 vitamins and minerals including Vitamins A, B, and E, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc. They are full of fiber. The assist in promoting digestive health, releiving constipation, boosting heart health, strengthening bones and teeth, reducing blood pressure, reducing stroke risk, and reducing risk of breast cancer.
Pomegranates – The perfect pomegranate. They are full of fiber, protein, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, folate, potassium, and also contain the antioxidant punicalagin and punicic acic, which is known for it’s heart benefits. Pomegranates are anti-inflammatory, they help to fight breast and prostate cancers, lower blood pressure, fight arthritis, lower risk of heart disease, help fight bacterial and fungal infections, and improve memory.
Cinnamon – Cinnamon is loaded with antioxidants, reduces heart disease, increases sensitivity to the hormone insulin, lowers blood sugar, and improves Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases. Cinnamon is an anti-inflammatory and protects against cancer, and fights bacterial and fungal infections.
Good Fats and Proteins
Healthy fats helps us to utilize vitamins A, D, E, and K. They slow down food absorption to help you feel fuller longer. They help to regulate hormones to keep your energy levels up. Did you know that eating healthy fats in the morning will help you to burn more energy?
Protein also helps to keep you feeling full, but most importantly, it sends amino acids to your brain to wake it up and start firing off those neurotransmitters. Have a kid with ADHD? This is a perfect breakfast or before school snack.
This is best baked on low heat. Be sure to stir every 15-20 minutes. As much as I wanted to, I chose not to add Cinnamon Essential Oil to this recipe because it’s difficult to blend.
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