This whole week has been an up and down rollercoaster, but one of the things that went really well was baking this grain free pumpkin granola. It sounds silly when you think about it, but for me, baking and cooking and being in my kitchen is my happy place and when everything feels like it’s going to shit, it picks me back up. What works for you? When things just don’t seem to be going right and it is out of your direct control, how do you cope? I know I have written about different ways to deal with stress and anxiety before and I find all of those very useful. But nothing beats having some comforting food around, even better when you spent some time making it yourself.
The lows I’ve experienced this past week have been personal ones and something that I am not yet ready to talk about, because it isn’t my story to tell. But I will say this- please don’t take for granted those around you. The ones you love and know will always be there. Check in with them, talk to them and appreciate them. I know that we all know this lesson, but it can be easy to forget it sometimes. Until something happens and then we are reminded of just how important someone is in our lives.
The only other thing I’ll say is that nobody is immune to getting sick and developing disease. I know that in the health and wellness world, we like to think sometimes that if we eat all the kale, all organic and do yoga and meditate everyday we are in the clear, but the truth is we are not. Yes, doing these things will help us feel strong and play a part in our health, but we also have our genetics at play too. This isn’t something that can be ignored or positive affirmation’ed away, sorry, it is real also.
Why Listening to Our Bodies Is So Necessary:
It is also important to listen to our bodies. They do give us clues when something isn’t quite right. It can be small things, like a nagging cold that won’t go away, the inability to have a bowel movement regularly or issues with your hormones, cysts and even migraines. These things we simply view as an inconvenience are vital to our health. They tell us that something isn’t quite right and it is so important to listen. This is another reason why I love intuitive eating. Because although the main component of it is about the eating, it is also much more than that. It helps us get in tune with our bodies in a much deeper way. It reminds us that we need to put self-care first and foremost and when it begins to slip, little issues arise that give us an indication something is out of balance. If you want to learn more about intuitive eating and emotional and binge eating, download my free guide and workbook below.
Grain Free Pumpkin Granola For the Win:
Ok, lets get back to this grain free pumpkin granola because it is kind of supposed to be the star of this blog post. It is definitely the perfect baking addition to add to your fall inspired recipes. I’ve incorporated the pumpkin pie spices and some almond butter which helps mold these clusters together and gives them a delicious flavour too. The reason I went with this grain free pumpkin granola version is because usually I combine my granola with another breakfast food like overnight oats, stovetop oats or chia pudding. So, oats on oats could be overkill for my digestion and maybe yours too. It is not because I demonize carbs or oats, or grains, it is simply just a little bit of “too much of a good thing.” However if you are planning on having this on its own or on top of yogurt or simply want some oats, feel free to add some in.
The Highs of the Week:
If you’re curious as to what the highs were this past week, I can sum that up for you in one word- TIFF! For those that don’t know, TIFF refers to the Toronto International Film Festival and it was one for the books this year. I’ve been attending TIFF festivities for the past 6-7 years since living downtown Toronto and I think that every year it just gets better. This year, I managed to get tickets to two gala premieres for the movies, “The Sisters Brothers” and “American Woman.” The gala tickets are fun because they allow you the opportunity to attend the premiere with the celebrities in the film, directors, writers etc. So before the movie starts, the cast all walk the red carpet outside and they introduce the film. Afterwards, they come out and talk about the film and do a Q&A with members of the audience. It is SO much fun for someone like me who loves all things pop culture, film and celebs.
I also happen to live very close to where the celebrities go to do all their press after the film, like interviews and such. So I can see them from my balcony when they arrive and when they leave. And if I want, I can go down and wait outside and catch a glimpse of them. Usually, they are really nice and stop for photos and to sign autographs. Sometimes, a few aren’t but whatever… their loss ha! Anyways, this year I saw Olivia Munn, Olivia Wilde, Matthew McConaughey, Patricia Clarkson, Keegan Michael Key, John C. Riley, Rosamund Pike, Jamie Dornan, Timothee Chalamet, Jacob Tremblay, Chloe Grace Moretz, and RYAN GOSLING (for like 3 seconds but whatever).
It was a great TIFF to say the least.
Grain Free Pumpkin Granola
A delicious Fall-inspired granola recipe that has a delicious pumpkin flavour and is naturally grain free.
Preheat the oven to 300 F.
Add the dry ingredients into a large bowl (almonds through to chia seeds).
In a medium sized bowl add the wet ingredients (maple syrup through to spices and sea salt).
Add the wet ingredients into the large bowl with the dry ingredients and stir well to combine.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and pour on the granola mixture, make sure it is evenly laid out. Bake for 50 minutes, flipping and turning the granola every 20 minutes.
Remove from the oven and let it cool completely before transferring to a large container. It should be kept in an air tight container.
If you make this grain free pumpkin granola, please tag me on Instagram!