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10 of the Best Granola Recipes Known to Mankind

10 of the Best Granola Recipes Known to Mankind

They say that cereal is something you can eat by the handful and in a matter of minutes the box is empty. While I can’t say I’m personally much of a boxed cereal monster, I am certainly a granola monster. Oh, granola! My kryptonite. It goes a bit like this …

The mid-morning munchies hit: Eat granola.

The post-lunch dissatisfaction: Eat granola.

The afternoon munchies hit: Eat granola.

Pre-bed snacking: Eat granola.

Bored? Eat granola.

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You get the message. The beauty of granola is how adaptable and versatile it is. With a myriad of flavor combinations, the possibilities are endless. If you’re like me and can probably face plant an entire batch over a mere two days, a good homemade granola makes the perfect gift for your friends, colleagues, or yourself.

Check out these 10 amazing recipes that will keep your taste buds pimpin’ in cereal.

1. Coconut Chia Granola via Fit Foodie Finds

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    When two trending superfoods combine they present to you … granola! Top this with some Greek yogurt or cottage cheese and get your morning off to a roaring start.

    2. Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Granola via Sally’s Baking Addiction

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      A granola recipe that’s like an oatmeal cookie but healthier? I can get on top of that. The fact that it’s clusters too? You’ve got me sold on this one!

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      3. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola with Bananas via Clean Eats, Fast Feets

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        Can you hear that sound? It’s Elvis crying in his grave. Why wasn’t this granola around during his time when he had to suffer peanut butter and banana sandwiches?

        4. Chocolate Cherry Granola via The Healthy Maven

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          Fact: Chocolate and cherries are one of the best pairings known to humankind. That you can already get a serving in the morning just makes it that much better. Eat this on a Monday and your week will be off to an awesome start!

          5. Apple Pistachio Granola via Fit Foodie Finds

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            A texture party for you and me! Tart, chewy apples paired with crispy, savory pistachios, this granola is a flavor explosion that can be eaten by the handful!

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            6. Lavender Mango Granola via Healthy Nibbles and Bits

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              No, you’re eyes aren’t deceiving you. That isn’t a flower growing out of the granola. Imagine the best smelling flower in your garden now being a part of your breakfast. Let’s not forget the delectable purple punch of color!

              7. Coconut Lime Pineapple Granola via Clean Eats, Fast Feets

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                Just pass me my hula skirt and coconut bra!

                Okay, maybe not. Instead, just pass me this granola and I’ll pretend I’m in the tropics.

                8. Fried Granola via Chelsea’s Healthy Kitchen

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                  You have no excuses now! For those too lazy to turn on the oven when the granola craving strikes, just heat a pan and add your favorites to it and – BOOM – instant granola!

                  9. Lemon Blueberry Granola via Clean Eats, Fast Feets

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                    I once bought a perfume that was lemon/blueberry scented for a girl I had a crush on. It smelt terrible, and the girl turned out to not be worth it either! This granola, however, would be the opposite of that entire experience.

                    10. Cherry Almond Granola via The Pretty Bee

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                      If cherry and chocolate is a banging combination, cherry and almond comes a close second. A touch of healthy fats contrasted with the tart cherries – you’ll be grateful for this bowl of fuel that will have you ready for anything.

                      So start getting fancy with your granola and whip up a batch or ten of these delicious and nutritious recipes. No longer should granola be considered a breakfast food: it’s also the perfect snack to pack away for a day on the go.

                      Now please excuse me as I rev my oven and make an executive decision about which granola to whip up first.

                      Featured photo credit: Arman Liew at thebigmansworld.com via media.lifehack.org

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                      Last Updated on August 12, 2019

                      12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

                      12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

                      Nutrition plays a vital role in brain function and staying sharp into the golden years. Personally, my husband is going through medical school, which is like a daily mental marathon. Like any good wife, I am always looking for things that will boost his memory fortitude so he does his best in school.

                      But you don’t have to be a med student to appreciate better brainiac brilliance. If you combine certain foods with good hydration, proper sleep and exercise, you may just rival Einstein and have a great memory in no time.

                      I’m going to reveal the list of foods coming out of the kitchen that can improve your memory and make you smarter.

                      Here are 12 best brain foods that improve memory and brain power:

                      1. Nuts

                      The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study linking higher intakes of vitamin E with the prevention on cognitive decline.[1]

                      Nuts like walnuts and almonds (along with other great foods like avocados) are a great source of vitamin E.

                      Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain an amino acid that reduces stress by boosting serotonin levels.

                      Walnuts even resemble the brain, just in case you forget the correlation, and are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which also improve your mental magnitude.

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                      2. Blueberries

                      Shown in studies at Tuffs University to benefit both short-term memory and coordination, blueberries pack quite a punch in a tiny blue package.[2]

                      When compared to other fruits and veggies, blueberries were found to have the highest amount of antioxidants (especially flavonoids), but strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are also full of brain benefits.

                      3. Tomatoes

                      Tomatoes are packed full of the antioxidant lycopene, which has shown to help protect against free-radical damage most notably seen in dementia patients.

                      4. Broccoli

                      While all green veggies are important and rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, broccoli is a superfood even among these healthy choices.

                      Since your brain uses so much fuel (it’s only 3% of your body weight but uses up to 17% of your energy), it is more vulnerable to free-radical damage and antioxidants help eliminate this threat.

                      Broccoli is packed full of antioxidants, is well-known as a powerful cancer fighter and is also full of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function.

                      5. Foods Rich in Essential Fatty Acids

                      Your brain is the fattest organ (not counting the skin) in the human body, and is composed of 60% fat. That means that your brain needs essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA to repair and build up synapses associated with memory.

                      The body does not naturally produce essential fatty acids so we must get them in our diet.

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                      Eggs, flax, and oily fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring are great natural sources of these powerful fatty acids. Eggs also contain choline, which is a necessary building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, to help you recall information and concentrate.

                      6. Soy

                      Soy, along with many other whole foods mentioned here, are full of proteins that trigger neurotransmitters associated with memory.

                      Soy protein isolate is a concentrated form of the protein that can be found in powder, liquid, or supplement form.

                      Soy is valuable for improving memory and mental flexibility, so pour soy milk over your cereal and enjoy the benefits.

                      7. Dark Chocolate

                      When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better. Try to aim for at least 70% cocoa. This yummy desert is rich in flavanol antioxidants which increase blood flow to the brain and shield brain cells from aging.

                      Take a look at this article if you want to know more benefits of dark chocolate: 15 Surprising and Science-Backed Health Effects of Dark Chocolate

                      8. Foods Rich in Vitamins: B vitamins, Folic Acid, Iron

                      Some great foods to obtain brain-boosting B vitamins, folic acid and iron are kale, chard, spinach and other dark leafy greens.

                      B6, B12 and folic acid can reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine increases are found in patients with cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s, and high risk of stroke.

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                      Studies showed when a group of elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment were given high doses of B6, B12, and folic acid, there was significant reduction in brain shrinkage compared to a similar placebo group.[3]

                      Other sources of B vitamins are liver, eggs, soybeans, lentils and green beans. Iron also helps accelerate brain function by carrying oxygen. If your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it can slow down and people can experience difficulty concentrating, diminished intellect, and a shorter attention span.

                      To get more iron in your diet, eat lean meats, beans, and iron-fortified cereals. Vitamin C helps in iron absorption, so don’t forget the fruits!

                      9. Foods Rich in Zinc

                      Zinc has constantly demonstrated its importance as a powerful nutrient in memory building and thinking. This mineral regulates communications between neurons and the hippocampus.

                      Zinc is deposited within nerve cells, with the highest concentrations found in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for higher learning function and memory.

                      Some great sources of zinc are pumpkin seeds, liver, nuts, and peas.

                      10. Gingko Biloba

                      This herb has been utilized for centuries in eastern culture and is best known for its memory boosting brawn.

                      It can increase blood flow in the brain by dilating vessels, increasing oxygen supply and removing free radicals.

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                      However, don’t expect results overnight: this may take a few weeks to build up in your system before you see improvements.

                      11. Green and Black Tea

                      Studies have shown that both green and black tea prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine—a key chemical involved in memory and lacking in Alzheimer’s patients.

                      Both teas appear to have the same affect on Alzheimer’s disease as many drugs utilized to combat the illness, but green tea wins out as its affects last a full week versus black tea which only lasts the day.

                      Find out more about green tea here: 11 Health Benefits of Green Tea (+ How to Drink It for Maximum Benefits)

                      12. Sage and Rosemary

                      Both of these powerful herbs have been shown to increase memory and mental clarity, and alleviate mental fatigue in studies.

                      Try to enjoy these savory herbs in your favorite dishes.

                      When it comes to mental magnitude, eating smart can really make you smarter. Try to implement more of these readily available nutrients and see just how brainy you can be!

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