Mrs Content – Toronto Yoga Mamas

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I stumbled upon Toronto Yoga Mamas when I was searching for a Doula a few months ago. We interviewed a handful from different agencies and I ended up connecting with Thea who also happens to teach pre-natal yoga at Toronto … Continue reading

Kitchen Content – Grain Free Granola

This recipe is great for paleo & primal diets, as well as anyone who enjoys tasty granola. Mr Content is hooked on it so I make a large batch every few weeks so he can add a few spoonfuls to some full fat yogurt before heading to the office. I love knowing what is in my food, and I also love great tasting food. Plus it’s a great gift if you ever need a hostess gift. Just fill up a mason jar and tie some raffia or straw around the jar in a bow and voila!

Now here’s the thing about this granola. I don’t measure. I’m sorry! It probably differs a little every batch but the basic ratios stay the same. And you can alter it to remove anything you don’t like, or add some items you do like. I have some nut allergies so I don’t put cashews in it, but i bet they would be super yum if you added them in.

The base of the granola is Almonds – both sliced and in pieces (mix up the texture), pecan pieces, and walnut pieces.

Granola nuts

Then I add coconut flakes (the larger the better, and preferably unsweetened), ground flax seeds/meal, hemp seeds, and sometimes sunflower seeds…

Granola seeds

Next is the dried fruit; apricots (i dice them up to make chunks), raisins, cranberries, and apples (unsweetened and also diced into chunks)…

Granola Fruit

Then comes the seasoning. This is the key to the flavour, well that and baking perfectly. Coconut oil melted it in the microwave, then add vanilla extract, a lot of cinnamon, and some rich/dark maple syrup. How much maple syrup you add is up to you and how large your batch is. Really you don’t need to sweeten it up too much because the fruit has a lot of sugar in it already. But i do go heavy on the cinnamon. Mix up the seasoning ingredients together then add to your fruit, seed, nut mix to coat thoroughly. But you don’t want a puddle of seasoning at the bottom of your bowl. Just enough to get everything nicely coated.

Granola seasoning

Your ratio should look something like this, i made an extra large batch so i divided it into two bowls so i wouldn’t spill everywhere while trying to coat the mixture;

Granola mix

Now you want to spread the mixture flat onto baking sheets, ideally lined with parchment paper. Set the oven for 200 degrees fahrenheit to slow bake. Stir the sheets every 10 minutes or so, so they don’t burn up and bake evenly.

Granola baking

Your granola is ready when it’s all a nice deep golden brown, the house smells amazing, and your apricots and raisins have plumped up.

Granola close up

Take your baking sheets out of the oven and let them cool completely. The raisins and apricots will shrink back down and the whole mixture will go from soft to crunchy. I absolutely recommend eating this with full fat organic yogurt for the best ever start to your day. Let me know if you make any alterations that you loved!

Another Beautiful Yoga Morning

We welcomed in Spring today with Toronto Yoga Mamas (even though it felt like anything but Spring outside!). These camo Wunder Unders are still one of my all time faves and they spark a conversation every time I wear them.Image

There’s new art up in the Gallery where Toronto Yoga Mamas practices out of. I love yoga-ing amongst art.

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Pregnancy Product Love

Two of my favourite products that you really need to know about;

Sudocrem – this is a diaper cream that kicks all other diaper creams’ buts! I kid you not. I’ve been using it for years because what most people don’t know is that it’s amazing for so many other ailments other than diaper rash. More than anything I use it as a zit zapping cream –  zinc is a natural acne-bacteria fighting substance, and it won’t dry out your skin while zapping your pimple. And now that i’m preggo this is my absolute favourite ‘tool’ in my bathroom, because you just never know when your hormones are going to kick into high gear and you’ll wake up with a break-out. And you know it’s safe for baby unlike many acne medicines. Further to that I use it on razor burn, insect bites, and most minor skin irritations. It’s not nearly as ‘sticky’ as most other diaper creams which makes it easy to apply and rinse off.

Sudocrem is also my favourite add-on for a baby shower gift because a lot of new moms don’t know about it. 250gm for no more than $14, it’s not exactly a bank breaker.

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Now this is the single most-used gift I received this past Christmas. My sister put this in my stocking and at the time I was only 13 weeks pregnant and had no idea how much I’d use it in the weeks to come.

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks, I have used this every day from week 13 until now (24.5 weeks) and have already stocked up on a second bottle because I don’t want to run out! With the start of my third trimester only 9 days away I know all the stretching and growing I’ve been doing is about to be amped up and this lotion keeps my skin soft, supple, and comfortable. It battles the itch of the stretch, and so far no stretch marks. (I realize this may change in a very short time). But should they appear this lotion is also packed with Vitamin E so it will help with the healing of them and reduce scarring. Plus it smells delicious! My husband likes to talk to the baby through my belly and is always telling him/her how ‘great mommy’s belly smells!’. It puts a smile on everyone’s face. FYI it’s Hypoallergenic & Paraben Free, a 250gm bottle should run you less than $10.

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