I keep lots of fresh fruits and vegetables around. I have little containers that I have whole grains pre measured with dried raisins,currants,nuts in. Then when I am hungry and in a hurry I just add the hot water, wait a minute and a version of oatmeal. Sometimes I add a little pure maple syrup or brown sugar or turbano. I have even added as is to plain yogurt. When I buy my groceries I have made a routine of preparing the stuff so it is there and ready with little effort.I stay away from anything refined or processed and keep as natural as possible. I try to eat things that I can share with my parrots and not worry. No salt, no refined sugars, etc. I buy in bulk, separate, prepare soups in crock pot and freeze the left overs. Then it is right there to munch on all day. You can add some rice or pasta to change it but it is basically the same stock with veggies, just add some spices to vary it. Keep it ready and you will be more inclined to snack healthy.
I will eat a piece of fruit for a snack during the day. Maybe a salad if I am really feeling hungry with some kind of fruit tossed on top. In the evening a multigrain warm cereal. The warm oatmeal and/or multigrain cereal helps me sleep too.
This granola recipe sounds great, I have been wanting to make my own granola bars for the same reason as to controling how much sugar goes into them. I like to try my hand at this but put in almonds or walnuts with the oats. Here is a for a great recipe. I have been wanting to try my hand at making granola bars and will take a try at these. I think I will add some almonds or walnuts to mine. For a healthy snack other than the sweet variety I like to have popcorn or hot sauce with avocado and blue organic tortilla chips.
I never make granola the same way twice and in a sauce pot I dump real fruit juice and sticky stuff and even spice, I look at a recipe so I know roughly how much dry to how much wet sticky I need but homemade granola is something I like to open my cabinet for and see what little bits and pieces and flavors do I have this time??? and my camp buddies ALWAYS fight over it !
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Mix together 3 cups of oats, 1 cup of wheat germ and 1 cup of oat bran. Stir in pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and/or nuts in variety and quantities that suit you. You can also add cinnamon if you want.
In a pan, heat up 1/3 cup water, 1/3 cup of your favorite vegetable oil and 1/3 cup of honey or other sweetener (I have used honey, molasses and mesquite syrup). Just heat it until the sweetener dissolves. Pour this over the oat mixture and stir well.
Spread this on 2 cookie sheets and bake at 350 for about 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Once it's done, stir in whatever dried fruit you'd like. If you put the dried fruit in before you cook it, the pieces get kind of hard and crunchy.
We often use our solar food drier to cook this, it takes most of the day.
I also make my own granola, I love papaya, did you put LIME juice all over it??? Nutz too and apples! I just wish I could find Organic MacIntosh.. (I'll eat them anyway when I can find them, just won't juice them!) they are my favorite so I have to settle for granny smith...
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