If you haven’t guessed, yes, this post will be about making your very own raw-granola. Granola.... in the sense that you can mix any combination of nuts and seeds into your very own gluten-free granola. In this photo, I’ve combined walnuts, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, with strawberries, 1/2 of a banana and almond milk. I will also alternate fruits depending on the season. Almond milk always works as a great alternative to cows milk, which can be hard to digest, and soymilk, which is usually very processed.
This delicious delight is prefect for the person who likes to feel energized and satiated in the morning, while avoiding the time constraints and hassle of cooking a hearty breakfast…. Which is, but the way, one of my favorite things to do on a leisurely morning. (I’m always a sucker for eggs scrambled with tomato, onions and avocado!!) I found this raw-nola recipe after eating oatmeal for 3 weeks straight and couldn’t put another cooked oat in my mouth. Also, the spring and summer always inspire me to start eating lighter…and so this breakfast experiment was birthed. Get creative and create your own Raw-nola!! With so many different combinations out there, you’ll never get bored!! Right now, berries are in full bloom, so take advantage of whatever berry your heart desires. I’m loving the blueberries right now; they’re so sweet, perfect for spring-cleaning…the body!!
Check out the amazing benefits of body-loving blueberries below.
Blueberries are packed with vitamin C. In just one serving, you can get 14 mg of Vitamin C – almost 25 percent of your daily requirement. Vitamin C also promotes iron absorption and a healthy immune system.
Blueberries are filled with dietary fiber. Research has shown that most of us don’t get enough fiber in our diets. Eating foods high in fiber will help keep you regular, your heart healthy and regulate your cholesterol.
Blueberries are an excellent source of manganese. Manganese plays a crucial role in bone development and in converting our macronutrients (proteins, carbohydrates and fats) in food into to energy.
Blueberries are leaders in antioxidant activity. Blueberries are near the top when it comes to antioxidant activity per serving. Antioxidants work to neutralize free radicals, unstable molecules linked to the development of cancer, cardiovascular disease and other age-related conditions. Substances in blueberries called polyphenols, specifically the anthocyanin’s that give the fruit its blue hue, are the major contributors to antioxidant activity.