Do you ever feel like in the course of a day you have to be two, or ten different people. I feel like women, especially find themselves popping in and out of roles depending on what or who they are dealing with. We go from best friend to mother, to boss-lady, to lover and back again. What’s that phrase about wearing different hats? But, I will admit sometimes I feel like wearing different hats. There are days I want to be a fashionista and there are days I want to be a kick-ass workout warrior. And sometimes I want to be a blissed out earth-loving yogi.

I think that’s true on some level for all women.

As I say in my About Page, “I’m a walking contradiction. A mala-bead wearing, Michael Kors-bag toting dreamer with a degree.” I’ll sing the praises of kombucha while sipping an iced latte. I’ll wear Nars cosmetics and moisturize my skin with coconut oil. And you know what?

I like it that way.

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No apologies necessary.

I do what I want. It keeps life interesting and there’s something freeing about one day showing up in a killer outfit with a fun orchid purple pop of lipstick and the next living in stretchy pants and toting my yoga mat everywhere.

Sometimes it’s too much fun being a girl 😉 We have so many options to express ourselves.

One thing you can count on though. You will never catch me in Birkenstocks. Never ever, ever. Never have, and never will get behind those. What’s the appeal? Can someone please explain?

I find that most often I prefer to express my hippy, earth-loving, nature-babe side in the food I like to make.

So a few days ago I was feeling especially hippyish and after checking my homebrewed kombucha to see if it was ready, (true story) I decided I wanted to make granola. I wanted a crunchy, nutty lightly sweetened granola with a bit more protein than usual. I considered protein powder, but the chef hates my Sunwarrior with a passion after an unfortunate over-proteined chalky smoothie incident. I don’t blame him one bit :/

So, next I considered the grains. Could I substitute some of the oats with a healthier, higher-protein grain? Quinoa! Obvious choice. And I’m happy to report it worked like a charm. Not only did the quinoa bump up the protein content, but it also lent the granola even more crunch and texture than normal granola.

P.S. Please don’t be afraid of the high fat content in granola. Nuts and seeds are extremely good for you. They keep you satiated, they make your hair shiny and your skin super soft. The low fat craze is so over. Fats are in people! Yay!

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Did I mention they also make great travel parfaits?!

Quinoa Coconut Protein Granola

Makes 6-7 cups

1 cup quinoa

1 cup old fashioned oats

1/2 cup shredded coconut

1/4 cup almonds, coarsely chopped

1/4 cup pecans, coarsely chopped

1/4 cup sunflower seeds

2 tbsp ground flax

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 cup maple syrup

1/4 cup coconut sugar (or sugar of your choice)

2 tbsp coconut oil

 

Preheat oven to 325 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Combine all dry ingredients in a medium-sized bowl.

In a small saucepan on medium heat stir together wet ingredients until the sugar is dissolved and the coconut oil is melted.

Add wet ingredients to dry and toss to combine.

Spread granola in an even layer on the baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.

Let cool and break apart to desired sized clusters.

Store in an airtight container.

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Do you also sometimes feel the urge to bounce from glam to hippy?

How do you express yourself? Food, fashion, makeup, hairstyle? All, or none of the above?

 

Happy Monday my loves!

Sam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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