All About Almonds & Chewy Almond Cranberry Granola Bars

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Ever since the age of 28, I have had borderline high cholesterol.
At first hearing that was shocking, I mean I’ve been a vegetarian since I was 12.
It turns out, some people just genetically are unlucky in that department.
Besides the obvious eat healthy and exercise options to lower your bad cholesterol…
There’s another very effective thing you can do everyday – EAT ALMONDS.

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Eating 8-10 raw ALMONDS CAN LOWER YOUR LDL (bad) CHOLESTEROL
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that consuming almonds as part of a heart-healthy diet can be just as effective at lowering LDL “bad” cholesterol levels as first generation statin drugs.
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So, I guess you could say that I’ve been an almond fan for a while now.
Then, when I got diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, I realized that almonds held another secret.
ALMONDS REDUCE BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS
Studies show that consuming almonds alongside white bread regulates spikes in blood sugar and significantly lowers the glycemic index of the meal.

There are 2 huge reasons to eat almonds but let’s not forget the others..
- packed w/protein
– contain fiber, calcium, zinc and antioxidants
THEY ARE DELICIOUS

Since my official training will start on Sunday, I’ve been getting all my healthy food prepped.
Almonds and oats are 2 things I depend on to regulate my BS and keep my energy up while running.
I decided to try and create a chewy (i hate crunchy) granola bar.
The end result was amazing…
Like SO amazing I ate all of them!
This is 1 recipe that will be a constant from now until May 10 (my BIG race date).

Chewy Almond Cranberry Granola Bars
 
Ingredients
  • 1 pkg instant oats
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ ounce almond butter
  • ¼ cup seeds (i have this mixture from Abel & Cole) (pumpkin, sunflower, flax and sesame)
  • ⅛ cup almond flakes
  • ¼ dried cranberries
  • 1 Tbsp real maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425F (200 fan).
  2. Line a pan with foil and spray (to prevent sticking) or parchment
  3. Mix cranberries, oats and water.
  4. Add seeds, almond butter and almond flakes.
  5. Spread on pan and cut into bars.
  6. Tops with maple syrup and more almond flakes.
  7. Cook for about 10 minutes.

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Saying Goodbye – WIAW

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I’m glad it was raining this morning…
That way no one could tell I was crying when I left the train station.
I don’t think 23 days has ever gone by so fast in my life.
I said goodbye to my mom and dad in the early hours of this WIAW.

One thing about expat life that isn’t so awesome…
Being far away from your family.
We sure made the most of their 23 days though…
Budapest, Poole, Paris, Broadway Show, Sightseeing and LOADS of eating!
Dad loved the Fish & Chips...a lot.

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1.   Water, shot of apple cider vinegar, Thrive Woman vitamin pack & green juice
2. “Last Day” blood orange mimosas (freshly juiced and AMAZING)
3.  Homemade banana and blueberry muffins (recipe coming soon)
4.  A couple handfuls of Joe & Sephs Cheddar popcorn

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We decided that we would spend the last day together at home relaxing.
We started off with mimosas, but I juiced some blood oranges for the mixer…
OMG, thank you Abel & Cole.
After lunch, us girls headed out for a much needed hair color & cut.

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 When us hotties returned home, we started cooking a family tradition…
Homemade sauerkraut pierogi’s
They were delicious and we even made the hubby some cottage cheese ones (yuck).
Me touching cottage cheese is my definition of true love folks.

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Here are some of my other eats of the evening…

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5.  Chicken Salad w/egg, carrot, tomatoes and green onion
6.   Home made Sauerkraut pierogis <– DELICIOUS
7.  A couple glasses of vino
8.  I skipped Lunch (my bad), needed a glucose boost

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I decided to perk myself up post goodbye by signing up for 2 BIG Spring races.
I also got my Run Training Plan together and it officially starts on Sunday.
I’ll be sharing all the details soon…

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I recently joined the Junior League of London.
It’s this amazing group of women who are real go-getters – I’m super excited.
This week, we are raising money during London’s Fashion Week.
I am wearing the same LBD for 5 straight days (today is day 3).

The Little Black Dress Initiative, now in it’s second year, is a poverty awareness campaign that aims to illustrate the effects poverty has on a person’s access to resources while raising money to fund the various JLL’s community programmes throughout the city.

I’m SO close to reaching my goal…
Please consider donating to this amazing cause!

CLICK HERE

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Have You Signed Up for Any Spring Races?

What a Week – Giving Thanks

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This week I’m thankful for…

…a super cool experience on Sunday night – The Ceremony of the Keys.
   This tradition involves locking up of the Tower of London and has taken place on each and every night, without fail, for at least 700 years. The importance of securing this fortress for the night is still very relevant because, although the Monarch no longer resides at this royal palace, the Crown Jewels and many other valuables still do! (p.s. -> it’s FREE)

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…my new all-time favorite sandwich from Byron Burgers – Chicken w/mushrooms, crispy onions, lettuce, tomato and cheddar.
 (with a side of zucchini fries, of course)

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…silly JibJab fun.  We made this “All About That Bass” for the hubby today because he will not stop singing the song….check out the cute girl on the right, its Ripley!! lol

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…cashing in a dinner for 4 Groupon at The Yacht on Thursday night.  I originally thought it was a river cruise dinner, it wasn’t, but it was still lovely and the food was good.

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 …for all the help my mom and dad gave me in the past 22 days.  I could not have found a new home without them w/o losing my mind!

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…FINDING OUR NEW HOME – details to follow but I will say we are trading in our SW6 for a SW11 postal code.  (those not familiar w/London, that means we are moving to Battersea) Our new place will be somewhere in that box…

What Are You Thankful For This Week?