Cacao and coconut granola

Variety is key to get a wide range of all the nutrients that your body needs – and also cause eating the same food over and over again is boring.
So last weekend I decided to create something new that I can have for breakfast.
I usually just look at different types of recipes online and use the part of them that I like and put them together.
So the other day I made a cacao and coconut granola that turned out to be superb:

  • Rolled oates
  • Coconut flakes
  • Shredded coconut
  • Raw cacao
  • Cacao nibs
  • Hazelnut meal
  • Walnuts / peanuts
  • Chia seeds
  • Sesame seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • 1 dl Coconut oil
  • A dash of vanilla
  • Salt

I mixed all of the dry ingredients, melted the coconut oil with the vanilla and poured over the mix – mix again.
In the oven for 45 minutes on 120 degrees.
An easy recipe, but oh so good!

All of these ingredients are bought from my friend Jenna at The Source Bulk Foods in Maroochydore, go visit her and say hi!

 

Where do you get your nutrition information from?

Winter break – which means that I’m done with half my bachelor degree.
As you all know I am studying nutrition, and as you all also know is that there is nutrition information everywhere. And I mean absolutely EVERYWHERE! And why do we blindly trust everything we read/hear about nutrition? We’re not even looking at the facts, we just ingest whatever someone, who we think might know Something about nutrition, says.
How many of you haven’t looked up online to see what a celebrity eats?
I cannot remember how many times I’ve done this. And it’s all from that totally impressive yoga nerd to Blake Lively. Or that one celebrity that wrote a book about what to eat but they have no education whatsoever about nutrition.

I’ve done half my degree and there’s still so much more to learn.
After the first year I couldn’t say that I’d learnt so much as it was mostly science subjects, but by my third semester we started to get into it and it reminded me of why I study nutrition. But I don’t know enough for people to blindly trust me.
But it’s funny, for example;
I went into a health store cause yes, I self-diagnosed myself that, maybe, I’m iron deficient. There I ended up talking about food and supplements with the lady working.
Which resulted in me buying things I cannot afford just because the lady told me that I was probably lacking this and that in my diet. And I’m not saying that she doesn’t know what she’s doing, she probably is. But I’ve listened to so many different ”health” people about what to and what not to eat.
Nutrition also has a lot of ”health-trends”, which bugs me like crazy.
”Right now we’re eating coconut oil. Cause coconut oil is awesome, and it is so healthy.” Coconut oil is awesome, it is deliciously awesome. But how healthy is it? Do you know? Or are you just eating it cause everyone is telling you to?
”Did you know that peanut butter prevents your stomach from bloating? I saw that on a picture on Instagram”…………

I’m not telling you to not eat coconut oil. I eat coconut oil. I also use it on my body, in my hair and as lube.

 

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I’m loving the energy this day is giving me

This day started off really bad and I was just irritated about everything – the effects of yet another night of bad sleep. And you know that feeling when you’re trying to think happy thoughts but it’s just now working – you just want to crawl back to bed. I literally had to tell myself before I walked out of the door to start my day; ”I can do this.” And boy, I did.
Went to a yoga class at The Spit here in Mooloolaba with some lovely people, and it was exactly what I needed to calm my mind. So Saturdays at 8 am, let me know if you guys are keen to come with me next time!
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Later on Alle and myself ended up at the beach, where I was trying to remind myself to be grateful for this amazing place I live in. It is so freaking beautiful here and I wish all of you could be here with me. We talked old memories and just laughed about how cray cray we are sometimes!
The absolute best thing about this day was my lunch, me and some friends of mine had a three hour long lunch with stimulating conversations about everything and nothing. It is so uplifting to know that I have people like these that I can share my thoughts and emotions with, they are so loving and they give me so much energy. For that I am grateful!

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My second year at Uni.

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Tomorrow it’s time – after a break of almost four months, my second year at uni starts!!
I can’t believe I’ve been here for over a year now, and it feels really good.

I’m feeling so freaking motivated about going back to Uni. I even got my motivating pens. My friend asked me; Penny, what exactly is a motivating pen?
Well, wouldn’t you like to know.
This year we’re gonna go more in to the nutrition part, finally. When people have asked me what we’ve learned this last year I haven’t really known what to answer. The periodic table? Cause it was mostly science my first year.
This semester I’m doing Food studies, Principles of nutrition, Introduction to behavioral health and Challenges to mental health. So exciting!!

And I’m gonna keep my motivating attitude throughout this semester. And I do this by surrounding me with an awesome group of people, planning my timetable wisely (well, let’s see how that goes), focusing on things that makes me happy. And of course, my motivating pens.

I’m gonna keep you posted about how everything goes.
Until then, do what makes you happy. Why else would you do it?