Nena tip and Recipe #2 – Thoughts on dieting and how to make Maple Granola!

Happy Wednesday everyone! It’s time for Nena’s tip and recipe of the week again! Today’s “tip” is somewhat lengthy as she dedicated an entire page in her book to it. I really believe it shows just how ahead of her time she was when it came to living a healthy lifestyle. In fact to her it wasn’t necessarily a “healthy lifestyle”, it was simply how she was raised and how she lived her entire life. There are millions of books on the shelves right now that attempt to communicate in 200 -300 pages what she gets across in a few concise paragraphs.

Here is my Grandmas take on dieting:

Did you know dieting can be harmful to your health? The mere mention of the word and every cell hears, takes heed, and begins to prepare for protection.

When a diet begins the body lowers its rate of metabolism thereby holding in reserve more food than it receives. It’s the bodies way of protecting itself from starvation. Weight maintenance can be better managed by being more aware of the food consumed on a regular basis.

A good motto to remember, LIVE FOOD – raw fruits and veggies – FOR LIVE BODIES. Our bodies need the enzymes from raw food for proper maintenance and digestion. Keep them handy for between meal snacks.

            The sedentary lifestyle of today is not conducive to good health. Your head does not always know what is good for your body.

            Be in touch with your body – it is an intricately magnificent functional unit – and without it where would you live?

To your good health,

-Helen

Now you may be saying “yeah I knew all that, it’s all over the internet.” Well please remember this was written well before there was an internet by a woman in her 50’s living in Northern Wisconsin, which is a great area but not known as a bastion of forward thinking. My Grandma had it figured out well before authors such as Michael Pollan made millions writing about the same things. Oh and don’t get me wrong I love Michael Pollan’s books!

In honor of Nena’s tips on dieting and proper eating above her recipe I am posting this week is for homemade Maple Granola. This recipe is easy, delicious and perfect to add to some Greek yogurt for breakfast in the morning or take along with you as a healthy snack.

Nena’s Maple Granola Recipe

Ingredients:

4 cups oatmeal

1 cup rice bran

1 cup sesame seeds

½ cup each dried cranberries and raisins

1 cup slivered almonds

¼ cup canola oil

½ cup maple syrup

¼ cup honey

1 tsp vanilla

Dash of cinnamon

Directions:

Pre heat oven to 250 and mix all ingredients together except for the cranberries, raisins and almonds.

Bake in a sheet pan for approximately an hour stirring to break up clumps every 15 minutes until golden brown. After cooling then stir in the cranberries, raisins, almonds and enjoy!

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