It’s Friday! (Finally) Oh how I missed writing a full blog post for you guys. I am super sorry and thank for sticking through with me. This week has been a super busy week, there was dissertation and a group work deadline that had to be submitted. Despite the hectic week,, it was also a week worth celebrating. Just yesterday on Thursday, I submitted my dissertation for law. The work I have been working on for the past 7 months, after many nights of despair, writer’s block, editing, and at times when I felt like I was drowning in words… I couldn’t tell you how good it felt when I hut the SUBMIT button. IT WAS FINALLY DONE.
I wrote a short post on this past Tuesday on Instagram about Positive Persistence. Truth be told, I was having a mini mental breakdown. There was so much to do in so little time, I didn’t know how I was going to get through. There will be times in life when our mental / physical endurance will be tested. Maybe it’s running a marathon or a lot of work to get through. It will seem hard at first, and we might be scared of actually going through with it, but the key to tackling these times is endurance.
I learned that in order to have energy that will sustain us through the time, we need to access the energy from a positive place. After I recovered from my mini meltdown, I took a reflective storage of what I thinking that led to the meltdown. I realised that my thinking was filled with worry, worried that I was not going to finish the work on time, the fear of having to go through all of the writing and editing in a short span of time, and the draining attitude of, ‘why is this happening to me, I could’ve avoided this by being more organised.., and other similiar thoughts.
To access the healthy energy to get me through, I needed to refocus my thoughts to a positive state. I decided to instead to focus on the feeling of being productive, looking forward to getting back to blogging after this dissertation was submitted, to a well earned sleep, that the dissertation and essay was sharpening my writing skills… Through focusing on the positive, the draining unhealthy thoughts faded away and my energy instantly lifted, and it helped me get through the busy week, and the mental energy I needed to think clearly and write the remainder of my dissertation. To have persistence to get through tough times that call for our endurance, we need to focus our mental energy to positive thoughts.
Okay, along with learning to refocus my thinking, this Cinamon Orange Vanilla Scented Granola also fueled me through physically. It’s filled with healthy fats and protein from the nuts and oatmeal. The cinamon and the maple syrup blends so well with the lightness of the citrus orange and the vanilla gives that slight aromatic flavour that heavenly spices it up.
It’s also very simple to make, only requires one bowl and all the ingredients that is needed is likely to be in your cupboard.
2 cups of oats
1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds
3/4 cup of various nuts (roughly chopped)
A handful of dates
1 tsp of salt
1 Tbsp of cinamon
Zest of one orange
The juice of 1 orange (or 2 small sweet easy peel oranges)
1 tsp / cap of vanilla essence
4 – 5 Tbsp of maple sirup (or your choice of sweetener, honey goes well too)
4 Tbsp of coconut of oil (melted)
1. Combine all of your ingredients thoroughly in one bowl. Make sure all of the sweetener, coconut oil coats all of the mixture.
2. Bake in an oven preheated to 180 Celsius for approximately 30 – 40 minutes or so. Be sure to stir every 10 minutes to avoid burning.
3. Take out the mixture once it is evenly brown, and let it cool on a wire rack. The granola will crisp up as it cool.
The granola goes really well with cold almond milk and your favorite fruit. I like having it for breakfast with fresh berries, such as blueberries or strawberries.
The flavours also makes a really good mix for overnight oats. Simply combine some of the granola and almond milk in a container, let it sit overnight, and all you have to do is put fresh fruit for a quick breakfast the next morning. It also goes really nice if you warm it up slightly to make orange cinamon flavoured oatmeal.
The granola works well too with blood oranges. I made them the other day!
- 2 cups of oats
- ¼ cup of pumpkin seeds
- ¾ cup of various nuts (roughly chopped)
- A handful of dates
- 1 tsp of salt
- 1 Tbsp of cinamon
- Zest of one orange
- The juice of 1 orange (or 2 small sweet easy peel oranges)
- 1 tsp / cap of vanilla essence
- 4 - 5 Tbsp of maple sirup (or your choice of sweetener, honey goes well too)
- 4 Tbsp of coconut of oil (melted)
- Combine all of your ingredients thoroughly in one bowl. Make sure all of the sweetener, coconut oil coats all of the mixture.
- Bake in an oven preheated to 180 Celsius for approximately 30 - 40 minutes or so. Be sure to stir every 10 minutes to avoid burning.
- Take out the mixture once it is evenly brown, and let it cool on a wire rack. The granola will crisp up as it cool.