Oats + seeds ~ this granola is heart-healthy, protein-rich and high in nutrients that support the immune system & reproductive health.
The pumpkin spice blend is warming + anti-microbial + blood-sugar balancing. Pecans are a nice addition; walnuts would work well too!
Recipes with plant protein-rich ingredients. Examples of plant-based high protein foods include; quinoa, teff, millet, wild rice, oats, buckwheat, amaranth, sorghum, wheat, nuts, seeds, hemp seeds, peas, beans, lentils, legumes, soy, tofu & tempeh, broccoli, brussels, spinach, kale, mushrooms, nutritional yeast.
High fibre foods are an important part of a healthy digestive system. Whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds are high in fibre.
Recipes have foods, herbs & spices with antiviral properties. Antiviral herbs have compounds that fight viral infections and boost our immune system. Antiviral foods and herbs examples ginger, garlic, oregano, thyme, mint, cinnamon, clove, echinacea, elderberry.
Eating foods rich in certain vitamins minerals & phytonutrients can help balance our bodies hormones and endocrine system which affect our adrenal, thyroid, reproductive health.
Hormonal imbalances may cause a wide variety of different symptoms from fatigue, mood swings, brain fog, anxiety, insomnia, weight gain, weight loss, food cravings, skin + hair + nail health, muscle weakness or pain, inflammation, dryness, infertility,
Foods that can help with balancing hormones;
Leafy Greens & Root Vegetables - high in antioxidants
Nuts - walnuts, brazil nuts,
Seeds - flax, hemp, chia, pumpkin, sunflower,
Wild-caught Omega 3 rich fish like Salmon
Coconut Oil - Medium Triglyercide
Seaweeds & Nettles, Parsley, Dandelions
Medicinal Herbs like Ashwagandha, Shatavari, Maca, Triphala, Licorice, Adaptogens
Omega 3's, Iodine, Selenium, Vitamin B's & D, Digestive enzymes, bitters,
Probiotic and prebiotic foods
Organic & low toxic foods, body & household products
Heart Healthy recipes have lots of whole grains, fruits & vegetables. A diet rich in plant foods, low in refined fatty foods can help lower cholesterol.
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Pumpkin Spiced Tahini Granola
PREHEAT oven 320F | 160C. Line sheet pan parchment paper or lightly grease.
WHISK tahini, maple syrup, vanilla, spices + salt until smooth in a bowl.
STIR in oats, pumpkin seeds, nuts if using – mixing really well to ensure they are fully coated.
SPREAD out in a single layer on a lined sheet pan.
BAKE 15mins then stir with a spatula. BAKE a further 10-12mins until lightly golden and crunchy.
COOL completely on the sheet pan.
STORE in a glass jar or airtight container.
PUMPKIN SPICE BLEND – < DIY make your own Pumpkin Spice; it is easy.
SWAP PUMPKIN SPICE BLEND for a CAKE SPICE blend; it’s essentially the same flavour profile.
PEPITAS are pumpkin seeds, raw and shelled and should be green in colour.
SWAP – ADD other seeds like sunflower or stir in cacao nibs or chia seeds once cooked.
SWAP tahini for nut butter, seed butter, peanut butter. WHISK with ½ tbsp water to make it runny if thick.
GLUTEN-FREE = be sure to buy gluten-free oats