Hearts & Scribbles

Weigh-in Wednesday + Recipe Alert

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Today I thought I’d do something a little different. I want to share a recipe with you.

I’m always hearing that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but how many people have time to make something healthy before beginning the day?

I know that I’m on my laptop before I even sip my first cup of tea. With being a writer, it seems like I’m always waiting for word on this or that. And the last thing I want to do is have to pause and make myself something to eat. Eggs are good, but they take time to make. They also create dishes. And I’ve found that they don’t keep me going until lunch.

I needed something fast and easy that keeps away the hunger pangs.

It took a bit of trial and error, but I found what works for me. Maybe it’ll work for you too.

And here it is.

GRANOLA

  • 4 cups raw oats
  • 9 Tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1 cup raw unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • ¼ cup natural peanut butter
  • ½ honey
  • 2 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • Cranraisins
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Preheat over to 325 degrees.

Spray a large baking dish with non-stick spray. Combine the oats, flax-seed  sunflower seeds, almonds and coconut. Mix.

In a Pyrex measuring cup (2 cup size) combine oil, peanut butter, honey and cinnamon. Place in microwave on 50% power for 3 minutes. Do NOT overcook. It burns easily. Just stir a lot when it comes out. The syrupy contents will smooth out.

Pour syrup evenly over dry contents. Stir thoroughly.

Bake in oven for 15 minutes.

Stir. Place back in over for another 15 minutes.

Let cool. Add Cranraisins to your liking. Stir.

Store in a Ziploc Freeze Bag and place in your freezer for storage.

To serve, I have ½ cup vanilla yogurt, ¼ cup granola and a couple handful of blackberries. Delicious!

Do you have any great low-calorie recipes you’d like to share? We’d love to see them. Just send them to me and I’ll see about posting them each week. I really love to try new things. ;-)

As for my progress this past week, it wasn’t so good. And I don’t understand why. I actually gained a pound. *sigh* And at the end of the week, my Anytime points + my Activity points exceeded my original Anytime points. So it wasn’t that.

I checked out my Weight Watcher’s activity tracker and I started the month only earning 5 Activity points. This past week was my best yet, I earned 24 activity points. So my exercise duration is definitely increasing. But my weight isn’t dropping like I’d hoped it would *sigh* Not sure what I’m doing wrong, except maybe it’s the sodium intake which is up now that I have soup every day for lunch.

How about you? How was your progress this week? Did you change things up at all?