INGREDIENTS AND DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking tray with parchment paper
In a bowl combine:
🔺1/2 cup rolled oats 🔺1/4 cup walnuts
🔺1/4 cup almonds
Put above ingredients on baking sheet and toast in oven for 10 minutes
Melt the following in a double boiler: 🔺1/4 cup Honey 🔺1/2 tspn vanilla extract 🔺3 tbspn peanut butter
🔺1/2 tspn salt
Cook until it gently boils and remember to stir periodically to check consistency
Once toasted, place ingredients in step 2 in a large bowl and add any (or all like I did!) of the following ingredients (1/3 cup):
🔺pumpkin seeds 🔺shredded coconut 🔺rice krispies
Combine dry ingredients with wet ingredients.
Press into an 8×8’ parchment lined pan
Refrigerate for 30 minutes or longer to firm up
Cut into bars or squares once set
***Chefs tip: double or triple the ingredients and make a BIG batch of granola squares and wrap each individual bar in parchment, place in a freezer safe ziploc bag and store in freezer for up to 3 months. Easy and healthy snack for on the go!***
As you are all aware, since my 30th birthday I made a commitment to myself to lose all of my baby weight (total of 60 lbs). That was in July 2017. It is now November 2017 and I have lost 30lbs so far (down to 157lbs-the photo below was done last week!!) #progress
The first photo was taken in 2014-when I was my fittest ever. Pre-babies obviously. I had given up sugar completely and started working out 5-7 times a week. I was doing intense cardio mainly with some weights. Reason: I wanted to lose the weight I’d gained after marriage and ended up being the skinniest I’d ever been at 120lbs.
Fast forward three years to the middle photo: 188lbs after having my second baby. This was, I believe a month or two after baby #2 was born. I had two back to back pregnancies, so I gave myself some time to not even think about losing weight. Plus I was breastfeeding baby #2. Which made me soooooo hungry and in turn I ate really unhealthy. Donuts donuts donuts!!! And pasta-yep hello that was my comfort food!
The last photo (right) is me currently at 157lbs-I lost another pound since this photo was taken! I feel great! I am eating so much healthier now, working out every chance that I get (3-4 times a week) and overall happier, alhumdullilah. My pre-baby clothes are still not fitting BUT I will keep going until I reach my goal! For now, I have treated myself to a few new pieces of clothes to fit my body as the winter is coming 🙂
A word of advice to mama’s/anyone wanting to lose weight-all of our weight loss journey’s are different, it takes hard work and time to lose the weight so don’t be hard too hard on yourself!!! Work hard and be consistent with it, that’s the only way to see results!
Good luck, you’ve got this!