Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Good Food That's Good For You

Here are a couple of healthy recipes that my family enjoys. Both are good for both breakfasts and snacks.


1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup water
4 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. salt
8 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
2-3 cups nuts and seeds (sunflower seeds, flax seeds, almonds, walnuts, etc.)

Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Combine brown sugar with water in a 4 cup glass measuring cup. Microwave for 5 minutes--until it boils and sugar is completely dissolved. Add vanilla and salt to sugar water mixture, stirring to dissolve salt. Put oats, nuts, and seeds in a large bowl. Pour sugar mixture over, and stir until thorough mixed. Spread onto cookie sheets and cook for 45-60 minutes. Let granola cook completely, then store in airtight container.
(This recipe is from Cooking Thin with Chef Kathleen, by Kathleen Daelemans)

Fruit Smoothie

8 oz. yogurt (plain, vanilla, or fruit)
1 banana
1/2 cup dry non-fat milk
1/2 cup orange juice
1 cup frozen fruit (strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, mango, etc.)

Combine all ingredients in a blender.
This serves 2-3 people, depending on your cup size.
(adapted from Lose Those Last 10 Pounds by Denise Austin)



  1. Yum! Both of these look delicious! We love granola, but so many of the off the shelf brands are FULL of sugar! Thanks for these!

  2. I can't wait to try your granola recipe. I've tried several and love trying new ones. We don't make granola a whole lot, but do make granola bars weekly. I no longer buy snack food at the store so that keeps us baking!


  3. I am Lecia and I have been reading your blog for some time now, but I just realized I have never commented here.
    I am excited to try this granola recipe. It is so hard to find one that is not loaded with fat.
    Love your blog!

  4. Thanks! I was just fixing to email Yonea for the granola recipe!

  5. Hi,
    I too happened upon your blog and enjoy reading it, but I have never commented before. I wanted you to know I made this granola with my son this week and it was so good! Thanks for passing on the great recipe!


    *(By the way, I am very impressed with your homeschooling ideas and organization. You do a great job!)