Dawn Viola is a research and development chef and food writer. She serves on the board of directors for Slow Food Orlando, and works with local and national companies as a healthy recipe consultant with a focus on organic, local and sus...
Increasing your servings of complex carbohydrates over the holidays may just keep your hands out of the cookie jar. Foods rich in complex carbohydrates, such as fruits, nuts, vegetables, whole grains and legumes digest slowly meaning you'll feel full longer and prevent blood sugar levels from spiking and rapidly falling.
Simple crudites with Greek yogurt, toasted nuts with cinnamon and cayenne pepper or sunflower seed butter with apples are just a few of the quick-fix snacks loaded with energy boosting nutrients and complex carbs.
Our favorite homemade granola recipe will help keep your healthy lifestyle on track, even during this fast-paced holiday season. It's perfect for breakfast or packed for a tag-along holiday shopping spree.
Yields 2 cups
3 tablespoons organic brown sugar
3 tablespoons organic grade B dark maple syrup
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 egg white, lightly beaten but not foamy (optional)
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
Mix the sugar, maple syrup, olive oil, (optional) egg white and salt in a small bowl until well incorporated and the sugar is well moistened.
Place the oats in a large mixing bowl. Add the sugar mixture to the oats and gently stir until the oats are coated well. Mixture will be sticky. Add (optional) seeds, nuts or dried fruits at this time and stir to incorporate.
Pour the oats onto a parchment lined baking sheet and, using the back of a spoon, spread and press into a thin, single layer.
Bake 40 minutes or until granola is golden and just crisp around the edges. Remove from oven and allow to cool 15 minutes on the baking sheet. Break into clusters and store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.