Odd the ways we find to connect with our love ones.
While back in Ontario for the Christmas holidays, I was helping my mother with a bit of organizing of my Grandmother’s house. I, of course wanted to rummage through the kitchen to see if I could find some wicked vintage props for this here blog of mine. I was able to find some real gems! Very excited!
But I got really excited when we stumbled upon her cookbook, appropriately named “My Olde Cook Book”. Within this book, there are various women’s hand writing. Women to whom I am related to – my great-grandmother, my grandmother and even my mother’s hand writing as a child. I never thought that something as simple as someone’s written word and seeing the actual ink on paper – would make me feel so connected to them. We live in such a digital, printed text world now a days that you forget what handwriting can look like. Thinking back to my Grandmother’s cooking, she only had a few memorable dishes – potato salad, chocolate fudge, glazed carrots, and hamburgers. None of which make an appearance in this book, I’ll have you know. This book is full of baked goods and canning recipes (like this relish). But something about seeing her handwriting made me feel like I was with her again. Her sidebar comments about ingredients to change, or what recipes were ‘REAL GOOD’ all made me smile. I genuinely felt like I connected with her and my ancestors. This was a first for me.
This granola reminds me of holiday dinners, Sunday night feast with Grandma or middle of winter comfort food. This would work well as a perfect topper for an apple crisp – oh, there’s a thought! The chia seeds and flax seeds add lots of omega so don’t leave them out! Pair it with yogurt or a milk of your choice with a few berries and you have a great start to your morning. Or, if you are like me, you will eat it as a snack in the middle of the day!
Omega filled Pumpkin Spiced Granola
- 2½ cups gluten-free oatmeal
- ⅔ cup brown rice puffs (I used Nature's Path)
- ½ cup raw pumpkin seeds
- 3 tbsp coconut sugar
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 heaping tbsp whole flax seeds
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground ginger
- pinch of nutmeg
- pinch of sea salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl combine the oats, brown rice puffs, and pumpkin seeds. Spread evenly onto lined cookie sheet. Bake for 10mins, stirring half way through.
- While that is toasting, combine coconut sugar, maple syrup, coconut oil and mix well. Then add remaining ingredients and stir until combined.
- Once you remove the toasted oat mixture from the oven, add it back into the bowl with the remaining mixed ingredients. Stir until well combined.
- Spred the mixture back onto the lined cookie sheet evenly and bake for another 15mins - stirring half way through.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool thoroughly before placing in a glass container for storage.
I few months back I talked about the Thrive Forward Series presented by Brendan Brazier and Vega. In this free online series I learned a lot about plant-based nutrition and eating food to give you the most bang for your buck (the most nutrition from the food you eat). Until I did this series, I would not have believed you if you told me I could get my complete protein from only plants – I would have told you that you were crazy! Now I know that as long as you balance the meals you actually can do it and I am eating even more plant-based meals because of it. I am still eating meat but I don’t have to eat a piece of cheese to get great protein. But how do you make eating clean more convenient? I do try hard to pre-plan the family meals and prep food on Sundays for the week ahead but sometimes I just want something that I can grab and not worry about whether it tastes good and is good for me (remember my post last week when I discovered hidden ingredients in some convenient veggie burgers?).
Vega kindly sent over some of the new Vega One Nutrition Bars for me to taste and let you guys know what I thought about them. As you know, I am not the type of blogger that will tell its readers about a product unless it actually does what it says and tastes good. I always hesitate with pre-made bars because in the past they taste much too “protein” heavy and the texture is often gritty. In the past I have even made some of my own energy bars since the pre-packaged ones are often a disappointment.
But guess what? These bars taste good. And not just a “these will make do” kind of good. I mean a “Holy crap!!!! I can’t believe these are good for me and taste like eating a rich creamy chocolate bar?!” kind of good! I actually had to read the ingredient list several times to believe it! I kept saying “Really!?!? Really!?!?! Amazing!”.
These bars have the nutritional profile of the Vega One Nutritional Shake (like this one here) and comes in three chocolate flavoured on-the-go bars. Gluten-free, plant-based supplements with a serving of greens AND 1 billion pro-biotic culture. There are no artificial anything added to it. Like I say “no crap added” product. Take a look at this:
• 15 g protein
• 6 g fibre, 24% daily intake
• 1.5 g omega 3
• 1 billion probiotics culture
• 1 servings of greens
All I can say is AWESOME. Texture is soft and chewy and it did not taste like I was eating a processed protein bar. My absolute favourite flavour is the Chocolate Almond but the Chocolate Cherry and the Double Chocolate were also very good. I know these will be great for traveling and my husband has found them especially good these past couple of weeks as he adjusts to a new work schedule. Can’t wait to get my hands on some more of these!
This post was written by me and sponsored by Vega. These are my personal opinions and text. I was not influence to write a positive review for this post and took it upon myself to tell you about this product!