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Topic: Healthy | 26 post(s).

January 11, 2018

Our favorite meal of the day is simpler than you think. Thanks to our favorite go-to products that help make life easy, healthy, and tasty! Together, they make the perfect 5-minute yogurt bowl or oatmeal. Try these healthy breakfast combos!

If we wake up craving a yogurt parfait…

Siggi’s Plain Yogurt: High protein and low sugar. What’s not to love! Siggi’s is the perfect base for a yogurt bowl. The best part is there are only two ingredients in this yogurt, one of which is live active cultures, which help regulate your gut microbiome. Looking for a little sweetness? We also love their Vanilla flavor filled with delicious Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla.

Solstice Canyon Cardamom & Clove Almond Butter: A little salty, a little sweet, a ton of flavor. Filled with fiber and all organic products including raw almonds and coconut, coconut sugar, Chai spices, and Himalayan pink salt, this nut butter is a showstopper. It’s also non-GMO, vegan, raw, gluten-free, and unpasteurized. Mix into your yogurt or drizzle on top for a healthy, ‘gramable bowl. Warning: it is highly addictive!

And then we top it with fresh fruit and of course...

OMG Starshine Granola: It is floral, light and everything you want in granola. Low in sugar, this granola has flavors of orange blossom, cardamom, pistachios, and dried sour cherries. Top your bowl with Starshine for contrasting texture and complementing flavor.

If we wake up craving oatmeal...

Qi’a Creamy Coconut Oatmeal: This high fiber, high protein oatmeal has no added sugar, making it the perfect base for your oatmeal. Filled with organic ingredients like rolled oats, dried coconut, chia and hemp seeds, you’ll love the coconut flavor in these oats. We also love that it’s non-GMO, gluten-free, and vegan.

Califia Farms Unsweetened Almond Milk: Soy-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, carrageenan-free, non-GMO, kosher, vegan, and BPA-free. Califia Farms’ Unsweetened Almond Milk has all of the flavor with no added sugar. Use it with your oatmeal for a creamier texture and extra calcium! Tip: make sure to purchase the unsweetened version!

Wild Friends Super Butter: We’re all about the high protein, high fiber and low sugar, and this Super Butter is great for that. It’s non-GMO and Wild Friends donates a portion of their sales to the Save the Bee Initiative. Doing good and eating well, not bad! Not only does it have delicious roasted almonds and cashews, it also has flax and chia seeds. Drizzle on top or mix in to your oatmeal for omega-3s and a nutty flavor.

Navitas Goji Berries: Antioxidants! They have over 20 vitamins and minerals that will truly make your breakfast, a Super-Food Oatmeal. We also love their dried organic Mulberries that also have a ton of natural antioxidants.

And then we top it with fresh fruit and of course...

OMG Vintage Granola: The healthy version of an oatmeal raisin “cookie,” with nostalgic flavors like vanilla, cinnamon, dark brown sugar, cashews, pecans, almonds, raisins, and coconut. Sprinkle a small handful on top and enjoy the delicious crunch of Vintage.

November 4, 2017

Adapted from the New York Times

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups stone ground yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1 cup pureed pumpkin
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup nonfat milk
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • ¼ cup Oat My Goodness granola

Method:

  • Preheat your oven to 350º F and line two full-sized muffin tins or mini muffin tins with liners.
  • Whisk together all of the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl, and combine all of the wet ingredients in a separate bowl.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry, mixing until just combined.
  • Spoon the batter into the lined muffin tins and fill about 3/4 of the way – these aren't cupcakes, they won't puff up and overflow!
  • Top with granola and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the size.
  • Let the muffins cool in the pan for five minutes before moving to a cooling rack to cool down completely.
  • Serve with coconut butter or enjoy as is!
October 31, 2017

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups Oat My Goodness granola
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup cashew butter
  • ¾ cup honey
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips (optional)
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips

Method:

  • Preheat your oven to 350º F and line an 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper.
  • Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and spoon into the prepared pan, smoothing until evenly distributed.
  • Bake for 25 minutes, remove from the oven, and let cool for about 10 minutes.
  • Using a spoon or your hands, mash up the baked batter in the pan.
  • Scoop out 2-inch sized balls and place on a baking sheet lined with wax paper.
  • Place the sheet into the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
  • After two hours have passed, melt the dark chocolate over a double boiler and remove the sheet tray from the refrigerator.
  • Stick a toothpick or lollipop stick into each rounded ball. Dip each ball in the dark chocolate and place back on the waxed paper.
  • Put the tray back in the refrigerator for at least an hour, or until the chocolate has set completely.
October 9, 2017

You know it’s fall when you start seeing “Pumpkin” everywhere, from lattes to pies, this crowd favorite is hard to miss. Whether you’re cooking with it or carving it, pumpkin is the perfect fall treat and here’s why we love it!

Thanks to their iconic bright orange color, pumpkins contain a large amount of beta-carotene, a precursor of Vitamin A and a naturally occurring antioxidant. According to health officials at the University of Illinois, current research has shown that  a diet rich in foods containing beta-carotene may reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer  as well as cardiovascular disease and aging. Pumpkin is also naturally low in calories and carbohydrates, and as it’s health benefits suggest, it is a great source of iron, potassium and vitamin A. One cup of pumpkin has nearly your whole daily value of vitamin A!

Not all pumpkin is created equal! Beware and be aware of pumpkin as an ingredient and pumpkin as a flavoring. Seasonal flavors are delicious and marketable but they are not necessarily healthy. Pumpkin flavorings are mostly chemicals with little to none of the health benefits of the actual produce. Avoid items that contain “natural and artificial flavors,” and instead look for ones that use actual pumpkin.

There’s a reason why pumpkin is so popular this time of year and that’s because it is in season. Seasonal foods are better to consume because they are more nutrient dense and have fewer food miles. Food miles, meaning how far it takes for your food to get to you, can affect how your food is processed and when it is harvested. You want produce that is picked at peak ripeness because it contains the highest amount of nutrients. So go ahead to your local pumpkin patch and get picking!

October 2, 2017

Fiber: a carbohydrate that cannot be digested, this powerhouse is a key nutrient that most Americans are lacking. Fiber is found in whole grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables. It is recommended that people consume 25 grams of fiber each day for a 2,000 calorie diet to receive its health benefits. It’s not just us, dietitians everywhere love fiber for its role in weight loss and optimal body function.

 1. Keeps You Full: Fiber constitutes the products of the plant that your body cannot digest. There are two types, soluble and insoluble, both are important for a healthy body. Soluble fiber retains water, making you feel fuller, longer. It also helps to reduce your bad LDL cholesterol and help control blood sugar levels. This type is found in fruits and legumes, but predominately in oats, which happens to be the main ingredient in all our granola.

2. Aids Digestion: Unlike soluble fiber, insoluble does not retain water, making it easier to move quickly through your digestive system. A diet rich in whole wheat, whole grains, vegetables, and water will help you reduce bloat.

3. Fights Disease: Studies have shown that a high intake of fiber is associated with a lower risk for cardiovascular disease due to good blood pressure and cholesterol. It has also been shown that fiber has been linked to a reduced risk for certain cancers like breast and colon.

4. Regulates Blood Sugar: According the Nutrition Source by Harvard School of Public Health , a low fiber diet has been seen to cause spikes in blood sugar, which can significantly increase risk for developing type 2 diabetes. For those who already have type 2 diabetes, foods that are high in fiber have a lower glycemic index, meaning a more stable blood sugar level.

September 7, 2017

September can be a stressful month. Between classes, after-school activities, and maintaining a hectic work schedule, getting into back-to-school mode can be difficult for everyone. To make this time a bit more manageable, we came up with some tips to start the school year off on the right foot, because growing healthy kids starts in the kitchen! 

- Have the Right Tools
Kids learn with their senses so having fun and interactive lunch containers are an easy way to get them excited about lunchtime. Japanese inspired Bento Boxes have small compartments for different food, making them fun for kids to use. The different sizes and shapes of the containers promote food variety, meaning more nutrients, and portion control. We recommend Bentgo Kids Lunchbox , it’s leak-proof, colorful, and easy to clean. (on sale $27.99)

Have Little Helpers
Getting kids involved in the kitchen can help prevent obesity through guiding children to make healthier food choices. Positive exposure and involvement in the cooking process will create a healthy mindset, leading to a better relationship with food. It is also a great way to bond with your kids, teaching them essential skills, and learning more about their likes and dislikes. Have fun in the kitchen together, and don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty!

- Utilize Leftovers
Have extra chicken breast or veggies from the night before? Reuse them! Leftovers are an easy way to meal prep while saving time and money. Add new spices and turn Tuesday night’s chicken and rice dinner to Wednesday’s chipotle chicken tacos for lunch. 

- Prep In Bulk
Save yourself time during the week by cooking whole-grains in bulk. High in fiber and protein, this ingredient is more filling than others. They are also affordable and easy to repurpose. Make your favorite grain early in the week and pair it with whatever protein, fruit, and veggies you want. Don’t forget to make lunch for yourself too!

-  Make it Fun but Doable
Be creative but realistic. You don’t have to use crazy ingredients or spend hours cutting them into little shapes for lunch to be fun for you and your kids. Utilize colorful spices like turmeric, a natural anti-inflammatory that is great for liver health, and it also turns food yellow! We firmly believe that healthy doesn’t mean bland or boring, experiment with different spices, fruits, and veggies for a colorful plate.

-  Use A Formula
We all want our kids to be healthy, a great way to do that is maintaining proper portion sizes and getting variety in your food groups. We recommend always having a protein, grain, fruit, and veggie on the plate, what they are is up to you! We love to pair Greek yogurt, our Vintage granola and raspberries with a side of carrot sticks.

February 16, 2017

February is heart-health month, and nope, this post has absolutely nothing to do with roses or Valentine’s Day. We’re talking about your ticker, that vital organ that pumps blood to your entire body. By now you may have heard that cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States; as a cardiac transplant dietitian I’m here to share some diet and lifestyle tips you can do today to help improve your heart-health. Your heart will thank you down the road.

1. Hold the salt: Excess salt or sodium contributes to high blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart disease. Salt lurks in loads of processed foods like canned soups and sauces, frozen dinners, packaged ramen noodles, cheeses, sausage, bacon, and deli meats (just to name a few). Read nutrition labels carefully to become a sodium sleuth, and try capping you daily intake to no more than 2,300 milligrams. Some good news? Oat My Goodness has no added salt, and each flavor has less than 10 milligrams of sodium per serving!

2. RELAX: It’s no surprise that stress can have a detrimental affect on your heart and overall health. Find ways to cope with your daily pressures -- whether it’s by meditating, exercising, or taking an extra ten minutes to enjoy your Oat My Goodness breakfast.

3. Get the 411 on fats: To sum up the most recent research, aim to limit foods high in saturated fats (like whole milk and red meat) and avoid trans fats (found in stick margarine and some packaged pastries). In their place, focus on eating beneficial unsaturated fatty acids that play a role in lowering your cholesterol levels and reducing risk of heart disease. Foods like fish, nuts, flaxseeds, chia seeds, and olive oil can help you get your daily dose.

4. Fill up on fiber: Found in fruits, vegetables, oats and whole grains, fiber binds to cholesterol and takes it out of your body before it is absorbed. It also helps you feel full and maintain a healthy weight. Looking for a fiber-rich breakfast? Try pairing your Oat My Goodness granola with plain Greek yogurt, berries, and chia seeds.

5. Stand up for your health: Literally, stand up. Many studies suggest that more time sitting is linked to increased risk for heart disease. Find ways to stay on your feet during the day like standing while talking on the phone, waiting for the subway, or sending work emails.

6. Schedule a checkup: Head to your doctor and ask about your blood pressure and cholesterol. Optimal blood pressure is less than 120/80 mm/Hg and total cholesterol should ideally be less than 200 mg/dL. Don’t forget to talk to a Registered Dietitian for more specifics on how your diet affects your overall health.

By Rebecca Forman MS, RD

October 19, 2016

One of the first lessons of Keri Glassman’s Nutritious Life Class included the truth behind fats. A common misconception exists in our society that fats make you gain weight. This misconception is responsible for the low fat-/non-fat diet fad. For so long, so many people believed that the answer to losing weight was in a lack of fats, but we know now that that is wrong.

When we talk about fats being good for you, we aren’t talking about fried foods or pizzas dripping with grease. We are talking about healthy fats such as olive oil, nuts, coconut, and avocado. These ‘good fats’ are good for you, giving you energy, helping you absorb vitamins and they will keep you satisfied.

Why do we bring this up? We have seen a common trend where consumers immediately turn to the nutritional label on the back of our bags. That is a good thing – you should know what you are putting in your body. But, many people go straight to the total fat that is listed. Many people ask, “Why is it so high?”

So, why do our bags have 7 grams of fat? Because we use plenty of good fats to make our granola, which will leave you full and satisfied. We use olive oil, coconut, and a variety of nuts depending on the flavor (cashews, pecans, almonds, peanuts, macadamia nuts).

We are feeding you the healthy kind of fat, not the kind you want to avoid!

-Yasaman Vojdani, Nutritious Life Certified

 

October 4, 2016

Just three ingredients- sign us up! In just minutes, you can have yourself a delicious and clean energy bar. These bars are even delicious frozen. They are a great grab and go snack especially when that 3 PM afternoon slump comes around.

1 cup pitted dates, soaked for 20-30 minutes
½ cup cream peanut butter or nut butter of choice
½ cup of Vintage granola or your favorite flavor

  • Once dates have been soaked and drained, add them to the food processor with the nut butter.
  • Pulse until the mixture becomes a smooth and thick consistency.
  • Add the granola and use a spatula to gently fold it in.
  • Line a 6x6 baking tray with parchment paper.
  • Spread the mixture onto the tray to create a 1-1 ½ inch thickness.
  • Place the tray  in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  • Once chilled, use a sharp knife to cut into desired sizes (to resemble granola bars).
  • Either place the bars back in the freezer or keep them in the refrigerator (in an airtight container).

Warning: they are addicting! 

August 31, 2016

This overnight oat recipe is probably our favorite one yet. It’s not only delicious and creamy, but it’s packed with nutrients, protein, and healthy fats. This recipe will be sure to leave you satisfied!

1/3 cup macadamia milk (or nut milk of choice)
¼ cup non-fat yogurt (we recommend Siggi’s Vanilla)
1 tbsp. Solstice Canyon Cardamom Almond Butter
¼ cup old-fashioned oats
½ tsp. Cardamom
1 tsp. chia seeds
Handful of shredded coconut
Handful of blueberries

Toppings:
Fresh berries of choice
Sprinkle of Starshine Granola

Directions:
-Whisk nut milk, yogurt, and almond butter in a cup (or mason jar) until smooth.
-Fold in the remaining ingredients.
-Once all the ingredients are combined, cover the oats and place it in the fridge overnight.
-In the morning, top with fresh berries and OMG Starshine granola.
-Enjoy every spoonful!

 

 

 

August 17, 2016

Looking for a pancake recipe that is healthy and takes just minutes to whip up? This one’s for you. Clean and filled with protein, these pancakes are so tasty that it is hard to believe they only have just a few ingredients!

1 ripe banana, mashed
1 whole egg + 1 egg white, beaten
½ tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 dash of cinnamon

  • Whisk all the ingredients in a bowl.
  • Over medium-high heat, pour ½ the batter on the sprayed (we like to use coconut oil) griddle once it is hot.
  • Flip over after a few minutes or once the edges become golden.
  • Once both sides are cooked, add the remaining batter.
  • Transfer pancakes to a plate and top with your favorite OMG granola, fresh berries and a splash of maple syrup.
  • Viola!
July 20, 2016

Any excuse to have pizza for breakfast is a good one. This recipe is clean, delicious and beautiful! The different textures make this quite a treat without any feelings of guilt.

Crust:

  • ¾ cup oat flour (oats blended)
  • ½ cup OMG Vintage Granola
  • ¼ cups oats, pulsed in blender a few times
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg (at room temperature)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ½ cup of coconut oil (melted and cooled)
  • ½ cup of raisins (or other mix-ins)

 Toppings:

  • 1 cup of Siggi’s Vanilla Skyr
  • Fresh strawberries and blueberries (or any other fruit of choice)

1) Blend old-fashioned oats in a food processor until the texture becomes similar to oat flour. Make sure to measure after blended (3/4 cup needed).
2) Pulse an additional ¼ cup of oats a few times in the processor to resemble quick oats.
3) In a medium sized bowl mix all the different oats, granola, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Mix gently, as the granola is delicate.
4) In another bowl, mix the vanilla extra, egg, brown sugar, and coconut oil. Stir until well combined.
5) Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until combined. Add in the raisins or other mix-ins of choice.
6) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
7) Cover the dough and the chill it in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
8) Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Roll out the dough like a pizza crust (circular and even width throughout). You can even make two small pies.
9) Bake for 15-18 minutes or until the edges have browned.
10) Allow the crust to completely cool before adding any toppings.
11) Once the crust is ready to go, spread the yogurt on the crust leaving room around the edges. Assemble the fruit on top.
12) Cut into slices and enjoy!

* Store in the refrigerator and consume within 1-2 days.
*Cookie recipe adapted from Chelseasmessyaspron.com

June 27, 2016

Makes 6 popsicles

1-1 1/2 cups strawberries, chopped/sliced (or any berry of your of choice)
2 cup greek yogurt vanilla, blended
2 tablespoons honey
1 cup Vintage granola 

Combine together yogurt, honey, strawberries and scoop of granola into a small bowl. Pour a spoonful of granola into the bottom of each popsicle mold. Then add a heaping spoonful or two of strawberry mixture until the molds are filled. Use a popsicle stick to work out any air bubbles. Insert popsicle sticks into each mold and place the popsicles in the freezer. Freeze for at least 4-6 hours.

To unmold, run the popsicle molds under running water for a few seconds and gently easy the popsicles out. Popsicles will keep in the freezer for several weeks.

June 16, 2016

We were getting bored of the usual skim or almond milk in our morning bowl of granola, so we decided to create our own with our favorite flavors. This milk proves to be healthy, delicious, and it just takes minutes to make. Of course, it makes a great breakfast, but also try it as a mid-day snack or as a healthy dessert. Make this and we guarantee you will take your usual granola bowl to a whole new level!

Milk:
1 cup of nut or diary milk of choice
1 ripe medium banana
1 tablespoon of Crazy Richard’s Peanut Butter Powder
4 ice cubes
1 dash of cinnamon

Topping:
¼ cup OMG Granola

Throw all the ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Pour into a mason jar (or bowl) and top it off with your favorite OMG flavor. We love this recipe with Bad Monkey!

 

May 17, 2016

There are loads of packaged foods made with artificial ingredients and preservatives, making it difficult to find products that are made with real, simple ingredients. If you are looking to make a positive change to your diet, aiming to eat real foods (versus the processed stuff) is a great place to start. Here’s how!

1) Take a peak at a food product’s ingredients list. Look for ingredients you recognize and those you might cook with yourself. Oat My Goodness, for example, contains only real and wholesome ingredients that you can find in your pantry, like old-fashioned organic oats, organic coconut, almonds, cashew nuts, pecans, organic raisins, honey, dark brown sugar, olive oil, vanilla, and cinnamon. No artificial ingredients found here! 

2) Pay special attention to the first few ingredients. The ingredients are listed in order of predominance, from first to last.  Steer clear of food products where junky ingredients are listed first, like high fructose corn syrup. The first ingredient listed on Oat My Goodness granola’s is old fashioned organic oats, a nutritious and heart-healthy ingredient – that’s an A+ in my book. 

3) Look at the Nutrition Facts label to analyze the food product as a whole. Make sure the calories per serving size are reasonable, the grams of saturated fats and sugars are low, trans fats are zero, and there’s adequate amounts of protein and fiber. Keep portion sizes in check and measure your Oat My Goodness granola if you think you might eat the whole bag in one sitting -- because it is THAT good! Moderation is key. 

4) Load up on fruits and vegetables – as real as real food gets! Aim to have at least fruit and/or vegetable with every meal to provide extra filling fiber and essential vitamins and minerals. Pair your Oat My Goodness granola with fresh seasonal fruits and yogurt for a balanced, healthful, and oat-so-tasty breakfast, lunch, or snack. 

-Guest Post by Nutritionist Becky Jay, MS

April 27, 2016

Your metabolism is like a furnace—you need to fuel it to start the fire.

That’s why it’s important to fuel your body with breakfast in the morning. But not just any breakfast – we’re talking about real, wholesome foods that feed your body with complex carbohydrates, protein, and high-quality fats. Having this synergistic group of macronutrients sets you up for a successful day ahead. And here’s the amazing news, Oat My Goodness Granola contains all three --- providing long-lasting energy, and enhancing your memory and attention. Sounds like a pretty good deal!

Here are three nutritious and oat-so delicious breakfast ideas that will keep you feeling full, focused, and ready to take on the day.

1)   Power-House Parfait
Start with a big dollop of non-fat Greek yogurt, add Oat My Goodness Starshine and top with chia and pomegranate seeds. The nutty granola and chia seeds are loaded with heart-healthy fats and fiber, and the yogurt provides an extra boost of protein.

2)   Nutty-Nana Smoothie Bowl
Blend together almond milk, half a frozen banana, your favorite frozen berries, and a spoonful of any nut butter. (Feel free to sneak in some spinach, too!) Pour into a big bowl and top with a generous handful of Oat My Goodness Vintage Granola for a little extra sweetness and crunch. This protein and fiber-filled meal with hold you over until lunch rolls around. Grab a spoon and dig in.

3)   Apple-Nola Mini Pizzas
That’s right, you read that correctly. These mini “pizzas” are a snap to make and are the perfect on-the-go breakfast. De-core an apple and slice into 1/4 inch-thick slices. Top with nut butter and/or non-fat Greek yogurt and a big sprinkle of Oat My Goodness Bad Monkey. Add any other “pizza toppings” you like: shredded coconuts, raisins, or finely chopped strawberries, the skies the limit!

-Guest Post by Nutritionist Becky Jay, MS

 

March 29, 2016

Who doesn’t love a good piece of toast (toasted, of course) with some nut butter and little added crunch? ‘Fancy’ toast seems to be the craze these days, and we are in on drinking some of that kool-aid too. A new favorite breakfast in the OMG family has become a piece of extra toasted crusty, whole grain bread smeared with peanut butter and topped with banana and granola, preferably Bad Monkey.

It makes a complete breakfast especially perfect pre or post workout. It’s provides you with a combination of carbs, fats (the good kind), and protein; you want to aim to have all three at every meal. Just make sure to buy whole grain and ditch the white stuff. It doesn’t have the health benefits that whole grains can provide you and won’t keep you as full either.

The best part about toast is that you can get creative: substitute nut butter for yogurt or cottage cheese, drizzle on some honey or date syrup, add preserves or fresh fruit and the list goes on.

Here we have some Justin’s honey peanut butter, a ripe banana and a serving of Bad Monkey. How do you like your toast?

February 11, 2016

Baked oatmeal is another delicious alternative to your ordinary bowl of warm oatmeal. And the best part about it? This recipe only requires one bowl and 10 minutes of your time. Then, you’ve got yourself a healthy and delicious breakfast ready to go! The granola naturally adds an extra layer of flavor, helping to keep the ingredient list short.

1 cup Bad Monkey Granola
1 cup old-fashioned oats
1 ½ cups almond milk
3 tbs Kuna Chia
1 tbs date syrup (or maple syrup or honey)
1 tbs vanilla extract
1 tsp baking power
Dash of cinnamon
Peanut butter (melted, for drizzle)

Set oven at 375 degrees. Grease a small baking tray and set aside. Mix all ingredients together and transfer to tray (except for the melted peanut butter). Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden. Allow the dish to cool for a few minutes then drizzle melted peanut butter. Enjoy!

June 8, 2015

Eating local has become an important food topic and we are joining in on all the fun. At our core, we are supporters of this movement. Farmers and local vendors carry delicious, fresh, and seasonal produce & products that are hard to find elsewhere.

This season we joined the Central Farm Markets. With three locations in the Maryland area (Bethesda, Pike, and Mosaic), we attend each market once a month. We sell our three core flavors and occasionally offer our seasonal flavors that we have been working on. Stay tuned…we are pretty excited about them!

The best part of joining… introducing Oat My Goodness to people whom love supporting local businesses like ours. And of course, meeting the other wonderful vendors! Come say hi and buy local!

May 26, 2015

It's standard to eat granola as a sweet breakfast, but we figured why not try it in a savory preparation? A little crunch on top never hurts. We highly recommend this dish for your next dinner party. It's an easy side dish that will be sure to impress all your guests! 

Heat your oven to 350 degrees, and while it’s heating, prepare your carrots. In a heatproof dish covered with parchment paper, drizzle a tablespoon of olive oil over 6 or 7 cleaned and peeled carrots. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt, 1 teaspoon of cumin and ½ tablespoon of brown sugar. Rub the mixture to coat the carrots, and bake until tender and browning in spots (approx. 1 hour) Make sure to toss them every so often. In a separate dish, mix 1 tablespoon of salted yogurt (e.g. Sohha) or plain Greek yogurt with a pinch of salt +1 tablespoon of milk. Mix until it’s the consistency of heavy cream. When the carrots are done, plate, drizzle with the yogurt, and sprinkle with a tablespoon or two of Sunrise granola.

May 18, 2015

Granola bars are great because they are so versatile. They make a perfect breakfast or snack whether its at school, in the office, or packed in your bag for a quick bite. They are a great keep healthy snack option. This granola bar recipe calls for 'Bad Monkey' but feel free to use your favorite 'OMG' flavor.

INGREDIENTS

8 oz package of Oat My Goodness Bad Monkey granola
2 1/2 tablespoons honey
2 1/2 tablespoons muscovado (or dark brown) sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 300 F. Add the honey, brown sugar, baking soda and vanilla to a small heatproof bowl and microwave, 20 seconds at a time, stirring in between, until the mixture has dissolved completely. In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the brown sugar mixture, granola, and chocolate chips. Turn the mixture out onto n 8x8” baking dish that’s been lined with parchment paper. Tamp down on the mixture, using parchment paper on top if necessary, to make the granola bars as flat and compact as you can. Bake the bars for 30 minutes (they should be a golden brown). Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the pan and then, grasping the parchment, remove the bars to a cutting board. With a sharp knife, cut the bars into eight rectangular bars. Allow to cool completely and serve!

(adapted from Pop Sugar http://www.popsugar.com/food/Crunchy-Granola-Bars-Recipe-29452056)

April 17, 2015

A 'Build Your Own Parfait Bar' is our favorite breakfast. We have been spreading the love and word about our granola by encouraging people to start their day healthy and helping to show them that breakfast can be fun and creative. This past Wednesday, we had the opportunity to share our breakfast bar with the talented team behind SoulCycle. We enjoyed talking with them about Oat My Goodness and helping them create their own jars of goodness!

March 10, 2015

We love fresh pressed juice and we love breakfast bowls, so we decided to get creative on you. 

Left with all this pulp after making a batch of fresh juice? Well, have found a solution to incorporate the leftover pulp into our morning bowl of granola and yogurt!

In a powerful blender (e.g. Vitamix or BlendTec) blend the following: 1 pineapple, 2 beets, 2 large carrots, 1 pear, a 1-inch knob of ginger, 1 blood orange (peel removed), 1 lemon (peel removed) and ½ cup of pomegranate juice. You may have to do this in batches to accommodate all of the fruit and vegetables.

Pass the juice through a strainer, using a spatula to help the process along. You’ll end up with 4 cups of red juice, and a few cups of juice pulp.

Stir the pulp into coconut-flavored yogurt (e.g. Siggi’s) for a tropical feel, and top with Oat My Goodness Sunrise granola. Enjoy! 

Adapted from Jessica Fiorillo, Feed Me Dearly 

January 15, 2015

Shohreh Vojdani

Co-Founder, Chef

Favorite flavor: Sunrise

Why: It's just so unexpected. I can eat it anytime of day and feel satisfied.

How do you like to eat it: On top of of cottage cheese and fresh peaches.

Guilty pleasure: Panna Cotta!

Favorite meal to make: A roasted chicken cooked at 500 degrees with seasonal vegetables on the bottom. Divine!

Motto in life: Everything in moderation.

Yasaman Vojdani

Co-Founder, VP of Sales and Marketing

 Favorite flavor: Vintage

Why: The pecans...

How do you like to eat it: With Siggi's vanilla yogurt and an excessive amount of seasonal fruit.

Guilty pleasure: Ice cream even if it’s snowing outside. 

Favorite meal to make: I love to make anything healthy and delicious. But probably turkey meatballs and spaghetti squash. 

Motto in life: One day at a time.

Arian Vojdani

Creative Director

Favorite flavor: Starshine

Why: Wait, am I allowed to talk about it yet?

How do you like to eat it: In a bowl of milk.

Guilty pleasure: Too many to count...

Favorite meal to make: This is a hard question. I get excited whenever I find something seasonal or grown/produced by great farmers, but I probably have the most fun with seafood in the kitchen. I make a dish I call ‘Lobster Toast Gratin’ - basically it’s an open faced lobster grilled cheese, which I broil and cover with a bunch of lobster sauce. 

Motto in life: Live life, love long. (And consume as many oysters as possible. [East coast varieties are preferable.])