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FINDING YOUR OWN KIND OF GOOD AT CHRISTMAS

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FINDING YOUR KIND OF GOOD AT CHRISTMAS

*This blog post contains a paid for advertorial with the Almond Board of California. All views are my own.

I'm super excited to be working with the Almond Board of California again this year on the "It doesn't have to be complicated" campaign. I absolutely love the nature of this message. As someone who has been part of the wellness industry for around six years, all of the information out there can be overwhelming, especially when it comes to what we should be eating and the many fancy recipes I constantly see online.

To be honest, I don't always have time to be cooking and baking at home, but when I do, I like to keep it simple, healthy and of course, extremely yummy. We talk about having a balanced lifestyle all the time and minds instantly jump to what we're eating. Is it clean? Is it healthy? Have I had enough protein? You get the point. There's a lot for us to process and understandably we get a little stressed out knowing if we're being 'good' enough. It's time we found our own kind of good. The kind that will look slightly different from everyone around you, because it works for YOU.

A balanced and healthy-ish(!) lifestyle doesn't need to be complicated, it might just need a little be of dedication, but also a lot of acceptance for the times that we slip out of it... because let's face it, with the festive season now here, it's likely our balance might be slightly out of whack. And that's ok! It's all part of being 'Your Kind of Good'.

Almonds are one of my go-to whole foods for both snacking, cooking and baking. I eat them on their own, I add them to meals, I ground them to bake with and I've been known to dip them in dark chocolate and almond butter when I fancy something sweet. Almonds contain natural plant protein and healthy fats to provide energy for your day, so are a great addition to your breakfast or mid-morning snack. With the high source of magnesium almonds hold, they help contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue too. Basically they are the powerhouse of all nuts, hence why I love them and eat them so much.

FESTIVE ALMOND GRANOLA SNACK RECIPE

The amounts aren't really important when it comes to granola, but you want to have your base as the oats, and slightly less of everything else.

Organic Oats

Whole Almonds

Flaked Almonds

Coconut Flakes

Dried Goji Berries

Sunflower Seeds

Pumpkin Seeds

Coconut oil

Maple Syrup or Agave Syrup

Almond Butter

METHOD:

Pre-heat the oven to 170°C

Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl.

Heat up the coconut oil, so it’s a liquid and mix with maple syrup or agave & almond butter

Add the liquid mixture to the dry ingredients and stir thoroughly until it’s all covered. Your mixture should still be dry-ish, just coated in the mixture, making some bits stick together

Put the mixture onto a baking tray – ideally piled no more than 1cm highBake for 15mins – it’s very important to check your granola every 5mins and give it a little flip around, to stop burning.

Pop a few clusters into a box along with some blueberries and raspberries and you've got a perfect little snack combo!

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