Alright, I’m nearly through week #1 of ‘bridal boot camp’. It’s not really an official boot camp, it’s just my way of getting in shape for wedding dress shopping later this year.  Healthy eating and proper proportions are currently on my list. And back to the gym of course. I did a workout this week that seriously made me stop and breathe before I passed out. It’s not that it was that difficult, it was more the fact that I’m so out of shape from what I used to be. I know everyone has to start somewhere and I just needed to get back on the horse and ride!

So here’s what I’m doing:

Calorie counting using the hand MyFitnessPal app on my phone. I’m not being paid to endorse the app and it’s a totally free service that makes it really easy to track my calories throughout the day. I can even scan labels and it will automatically bring up the food item with the nutrition label. It’s so easy and a great way to track my day and weight loss. It’s really encouraging too!

I also wanted to ‘kick-off’ my little boot camp with something that would clear my body of all of the holiday junk I ate and give it a fresh palate to start with. (TMI?) So I’m doing the Advocare 24 Day Challenge. I’m not being paid to endorse this product either but everyone seems to be just raving about the results they get from it. I’ll report back after my 24 days to let you know how I feel about the program. So far, so good. But I’m only on day #4.

I’m really not a fan of the term diet, I prefer lifestyle change. I just got so into a slump of eating junky food and not paying attention to all of the calories that I was consuming. I just need to get back on track with a normal every-day type of eating and allowing certain treats (in moderation) from time to time. This is really hard to do given that I’m a food blogger and I look at tasty food all day. It really is tempting to eat a lot of indulgent foods and sugary snacks.

Power Granola |

So on that note I’m bringing you today a power granola that I made up this weekend to help me get through my cravings. I like to sprinkle a little bit of this on my yogurt in the morning with fresh fruit or snack on this in the afternoon when I’m getting a slight sugar craving. The whole grains, nuts and dried fruit in this are a good pick-me-up and filler food.  You can use a different dried fruit or different nuts if you’d like.  I did try swapping out the honey for agave nectar, which resulted in a stickier mess. I would stick to the honey.

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Food n’ Fitness Friday: Power Granola
  • 2 cups regular oats
  • ⅓ cup ground flaxseed
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts
  • ¼ cup chopped slivered almonds
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ⅓ cup orange juice
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Cooking spray
  • ⅓ cup dried cranberries
  1. Preheat oven to 300°.
  2. Combine first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl.
  3. Combine orange juice, honey, and brown sugar in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat just until sugar dissolves, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; stir in oil and vanilla.
  4. Pour honey mixture over oat mixture, stirring to coat. Spread mixture in a thin layer onto a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 300° for 10 minutes; stir well. Bake an additional 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Spoon granola into a bowl; stir in dried cranberries. Cool completely.
  5. Note: Store completely cooled granola in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

Power Granola |

 Recipe courtesy of Cooking Light