Honey and Bee Pollen Granola
- 2 cup oats
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1 cup cup raw almonds, sliced
- 1/4 cup flaxseed
- 3 tablespoons coconut sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup bee pollen
- Preheat your oven to 350.
- In a large bowl combine your oats, sliced almonds, coconut flakes, flaxseed, coconut sugar, cinnamon and salt. Toss until well combined.
- In a small bowl or pot, heat your coconut oil until melted (you can do this in the microwave or in a pot on the stove.) Once hot, remove from heat and whisk in your honey and vanilla extract.
- Pour your liquid bowl over your bowl of dried goods. Toss until everything is well coated.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and spread your granola into an even layer.
- Bake for 15 minutes, toss, then bake for a remaining 10 minutes.
- After a total of 25 minutes, remove your granola from the oven, sprinkle it with bee pollen and toss one more time.
- Then take a new sheet of parchment paper and lay it over your granola, pressing it gently into the baking sheet. Let it cool completely.
- Once cooled, break the granola into pieces. Serve with milk, yogurt, or just eat by the handful!
- EAT UP.
* I highly suggest getting your honey and bee pollen from a local farmer's market. The more local the products, the more it will allow your body to get used to the allergens in the area and therefore (may) help improve your allergies!
**Some people can be allergic to bee pollen. So if you've never eaten it before test it out with a tiny amount before diving into this recipe. (The recipe tastes just as good without the bee pollen!)
Over the past month I’ve been recalibrating my life. I returned from Europe, having gone through a breakup abroad, and tried my best to get back to normal with work and my heart. But I was having a hard time. I was feeling extremely unconfident in my work life (it’s hard when “success” is measured by social media stats), and my heart was dragging itself along.
I spent a few days in bed, which didn’t help either situation, but it did give me time to watch the whole first season of Girlboss on Netflix. Now, I have some issues with the show and the main character, but it did remind me of the girlboss I have inside. The one who was there long before any man and will be with me to the end of my life. And that girl has shit she wants to do with her life. She’s got goals. She’s got a life to live that isn’t in her bed.
The next day I was excited to get up and conquer my workday. But instead I found myself barely awake at 7:30 am scrolling Instagram for an hour. I started to feel that icky feeling of self doubt creeping back in. I started to loose my drive to get up. And then it hit me – maybe my phone is the problem. Maybe I’m connecting too much of myself and my self worth to this dumb little thing. So I decided to do a little experiment.
The next day was a Friday and I didn’t need to wake up at any specific time (the joys of working freelance), besides my body usually wakes itself up around 7:40 or 8. So I set my phone across the room, turned it on silent, and read my book before dozing off. In the morning I woke up right around 8, I did a little stretching and I drank my coffee with my book on the front porch (the joys of the south.)
I didn’t touch my phone until 9 or 9:30 that morning and it changed everything. I had one of the best workouts I’ve had in a while. I had one of the most productive days I’ve had in ages. And I just generally started to feel like myself again. The malaise that had been hanging over me was lifting. I even danced around my kitchen for a bit.
So I decided to talk a little about my experience on my Instagram story that day. And it just so happened that my friend Lily of Kale & Caramel was going through something similar. Her phone broke a that day and so she went out and bought an alarm clock to wake her up for her early meeting the next day. And it was in that moment she realized that it had been a while since she woke up without her phone, and she really liked it. So we talked and figured we should join forces and make it a project that you can be involved in too!
We’re calling it #30screenlessnights and it’s basically just a commitment to free yourself of screens for a little bit of time at night and in the morning. But breaking an addiction can be really freaking hard, so we made some guidelines to help us all out. Here’s the “formula” we’re following…
No phone for at least xx before bed and at least xx after waking. You decide what’s right for you.
Create the right environment (books, oils, candles, nourishing objects).
Notice your habits.
Create new routines.
Get into functional self-care.
My new morning/night routine looks like this : I give up my phone at around 9:30 or 10 by placing it across the room on silent with the brightness down. I now own this alarm clock from Target, so that’s what is waking me up. I wake up around 7:30 and remain iPhone free until 9am, giving myself nearly 12 hours of phone free time.
I know that this isn’t possible for everyone, but I think having a little bit of time for yourself at night and in the morning is SO important. Studies have shown that a screen free bedroom routine can help reduce anxiety and depression, as well as improve mindfullness and sleep quality. I listened to a podcast with Arianna Huffington where she likened this time to putting on your own oxygen mask first on the airplane. You can’t be of service to the world, unless you help yourself first.
There are so many facets of this project to explore – you can use an app on your phone to track the amount of time you’re using it to help limit mindless phone use. You can discover a new morning routine, and find new activities that stimulate you. I drank my coffee while working on a puzzle this morning, and that was really awesome. Maybe you stretch, maybe you meditate, maybe you make your bed and take a vitamin, maybe you eat some honey and bee pollen granola, maybe you journal, or read, or go on a run. Whatever it is, I just know that you deserve a few moments to yourself without any technology to start and finish your day.
So, we would LOVE to have you join in! It’s not too late. (It’s never too late.) Send me an email or a tweet or an instagram and let me know if you have any questions! I’ll be here the whole way to share my experience (I’ll do a big blog post about it in the end of 30 days) and I hope to provide as many tips/tricks as I can along the way. But I also want to hear about your experience! I want to hear about your new routine! I want to break this dumb technology addiction together. You in???