Cinnamon Raisin Granola
Do you ever have those days when you want to eat everything in sight? I’m describing the yesterday version of myself. I was ravenous. There is no explanation to why I wanted to eat like a pac-man. Sometimes, I just have to let my hunger run it’s course; this occurrence happens maybe once every few months.
The morning after I fill up on croissants, pretzels, and stuffed shells, I resort to nourishing my body with healthy and sustaining foods. I try not to shame myself for the binging that occurred during the previous day. I learn to forgive myself, start over, and grow (not in the waistline).
Generally, I am a healthy person. I do not believe in fad diets or quick-fixes. I try to balance my intake of fruits, vegetables, and proteins with the occasional glass of wine. In the past, I did struggle with body image and self-confidence issues. As I have grown, I have learned to love the body that I have and resist comparing myself to my best friend or a supermodel.
One of my favorite healthy snacks is granola. Not only is it portable, but it’s perfect on its own, topped on yogurt, or enjoyed with milk. Granola is filling and full of delicious flavors. Today, I present to you, Cinnamon Raisin Granola. I know that there are a lot of raisin haters out there, but you can easily substitute in some cranberries or dried blueberries. If you despise dried fruit, you can also substitute in chocolate chips. The best thing about granola is that once you have a base, you can pretty much add in all of your favorite nuts, fruit, and candy pieces.
Although I adore some of the store bought granolas (hello, whole foods), they’re usually packed with sugar. Making granola at home allows you, the baker, to monitor how much sugar goes into your snack food.
So, I’m realigning my body, mind, and spirit this week. My motto is that you don’t have to sacrifice flavor for health; this granola speaks for itself in that department.
The last thought before I share this delicious breakfast treat is: I hate that thing that happens when I’m eating raisins and then go to text someone on my iPhone. Smudges and sticky residue everywhere. Don’t eat raisins and text, my friends.
I swear I didn’t do it, Mom. Cabott rolled in a field hence the green spot on his head.