Where the heck have the days gone? I’m pretty sure I said this last week as well, but the days have just flown by in a blur. I’m usually pretty busy throughout the week with 8 hour shifts at the hospital taking up my weekdays, but a few weeks ago I registered to run my first full marathon at the end of May and trying to follow a training schedule has really worn me out. I’m ridiculously excited to push myself the day of and see just what I’m made of when I attempt to run 26 miles (42.2 km) for the first time ever, but now that I’ve incorporated longer runs and more intensive sessions at the gym I’ve been feeling so tired these past 2 weeks. I’m starting to realize that I’m not consuming enough calories to maintain my marathon training, which is probably why I’ve been feeling so weak lately. I usually eat 3 healthy meals a day with 2 snacks in between, but now I’m finding that I need a few more snacks to keep my body fuelled after a workout. Granola with greek yogurt was one of the first healthy snacks that came to my mind and so this morning I made 2 big batches of granola, the first being this coconut raisin granola.
Granola can be enjoyed with milk or yogurt, or even just plain but I like mine best with greek yogurt. I’m not a nutritional expert, but I know that this winning combination supplies me with protein, fibre, calcium and probably a few other good things too 😛 The best part is that it’s pretty easy to whip up a batch of granola and now I’m guaranteed to have a great snack ready when I need it 🙂 I hope you are enjoying your weekend, I have a 5k race tomorrow that should be interesting enough seeing as the sky has been dumping wet snow all morning!
Coconut Raisin Granola
Yields: 6 cups
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 cup coconut oil, liquid state
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
3 cups old fashioned or rolled oats
1 cup sliced almonds (I used whole almonds)
1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes, lightly packed
1 cup raisins
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, coconut oil, nutmeg, and salt until smooth. Stir in the oats, almonds, and coconut flakes until mixture is evenly coated.
Spread out evenly on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until lightly toasted and fragrant. Stir in raisins. Cool before storing in an airtight container at room temperature.
Serve with milk, yogurt, or by the handful.
barely adapted from Pastry Affair