Typical granolas are part of the high-glycemic faux “health food” hoax perpetrated on health conscious folks in this county (many yogurts fit this bill, too). But. The good news is, you can make your own low-fuss, low-glycemic version AND add adaptogenic support to the mix.
If you don’t know adaptogens yet, you’ll want to: adaptogens are safe, tonic herbs that support whole body neuro- endocrine balance, resulting in benefits such as stable energy, good sleep, and more robust libido.
STRESS-ADAPT PALEO GRANOLA
Preheat oven on “warm” setting.
In a food processor, roughly chop the nuts (you can also use sliced almonds).
Combine shredded coconut, chopped nuts, seeds, Stress-Adapt powder and optional ingredients (if using).
Gently heat the coconut oil, turn off the heat, and whisk in the raw honey and vanilla. While the liquid is warm and runny, pour over nut/seed/coconut combination and whisk/toss thoroughly (this can take a little while!).
Spread out over 1-2 baking sheets and “dry” in the oven for 20-30 minutes. Note: it will smell divine while it's in the oven.
Allow to cool, add optional cacao nibs and dried fruit, if using, and store in an airtight jar in a cool, dry place. *Tip: Double the nut/seed portion of this recipe and set aside for use in the Savory Herb Snack Mix
I formulated this luscious smoothie for a specific reason: I’ve been healing from a chronic arm/shoulder injury for several years and am finally building back strength (woo hoo!) and becoming more active in physical therapy. Aware that an injury could set me back, I’m careful to support my tissues with the nutrients they need to recover. Research has shown that cherries reduce post-exercise fatigue, and that collagen prevents sports injury—a winning combination. Flavonoids from cherries support cross-linking of collagen fibers (what all our connective tissue is made of!). Protein, plant-based omega 3’s, and other healthy fats help reduce post-workout inflammation and restore depleted energy reserves.
THE CHERRY CONNECTOR
Combine all ingredients in a blender and process at high speed until thick and creamy.
I make a batch of these tasty turkey burgers and freeze them for my week’s lunches. Sometimes I add a finely chopped green, such as chard, to boost the veggie content further.
GREEN BIRD BURGERS
Mix all ingredients thoroughly in a bowl, and divide into 4-6 patties.
Cook on the grill over indirect heat until firm, or in the oven at 4000 F for 25 minutes.