Gluten Free Granola

I used to eat chicken sausage and veggies every day for breakfast as I do not eat eggs. After doing a diet analysis project for my Nutrition class, I decided that I needed to give up the daily chicken sausage and opt for gluten free granola with almond milk. I went shopping for bagged granola and was so upset seeing all of the additives that really should not be consumed. I decided to make my own instead and the outcome was great! It is a very easy recipe and you can get everything in the bulk section without spending an enormous amount of money.

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What You’ll Need:

3 cups of gluten free rolled oats

1/2 cup sliced almonds

1/2 cup pecan pieces

1/4 cup sunflower seeds

1/4 cup chia seeds

1/2 cup flax seed meal

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/3 cup pure honey

3 tbsp coconut oil

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

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What  To Do:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper

Combine all dry ingredients into a medium sized bowl

In a small saucepan, combine honey and coconut oil over low heat

Once honey/coconut is combined remove from heat and add vanilla

Pour onto dry mixture and mix well

Pour onto baking sheet and spread evenly

Cook for 5 minutes. Remove, flip mixture over, and cook for another 5 minutes

Once granola is lightly browned remove from oven and let cool

Break granola into pieces, store in airtight container

Enjoy in yogurt or almond milk, or even eat plain.

Sarah’s Saturday Snippets: Weekly Meal Planning Sheets

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Working full time, owning a business, starting and trying to grow a blog, heading back to school at night, and trying to have a social life, my life is far from boring. I am a planner of everything. I find that my life is less chaotic when I have everything planned out, lists made, schedules created, and even for the every day tasks and chores.

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Meal planning has always been one of my favorite things to create and keep organized. I have notebooks upon notebooks filled with past weekly menus so I decided to create a sheet that you all could do the same thing. This sheet is great for those busy families. Now that school is back in session, those nights are now going to be filled with football games, girl scouts, dance classes, etc. Use my weekly menu sheets to plan out your meals the week before. I always do my planning on Saturday morning and then either shop the same day or Sunday morning. I then prep/cook all of my meals during the day on Sunday. This is great for me as a young single professional. I can just grab and go.

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My meal planning sheets also include a water intake tracker. I hate drinking water but I am slowly forcing myself to down those glasses. This sheet will help keep me accountable for those glasses. I can immediately tell when I am dehydrated. So having this sheet will keep my on track.

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I am so excited to be able to provide my meal planning sheets to you . Click on the PDF below for your own copy. Print off as many as you’d like and let me know what you think.

Weekly Meal Planning

Paleo Taco Seasoning

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Never buy the Taco Seasoning packets again when you probably have all of the spices in your cabinets! This recipe is a win in my book because I love making turkey lettuce wraps. Super easy to make ahead of time and keep in your cabinet for whenever you need it! Best part, NO ADDITIVES!

What You’ll Need:

1/2 Tsp Red Pepper Flakes

2 Tbsp Chili Powder

1 1/2 Tbsp Cumin

1 1/2 Tbsp Paprika

1 Tbsp Onion Powder

1 Tbsp Garlic Powder

2 Tsp Oregano

What To Do:

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and shake or stir well.

Store in an air tight container.