Nutty Granola Recipe

Cereal is one of my all time favourite meals, if i'm being really honest, I think i'd have it for all three meals a day if it wasn't frowned upon. But, although I do love a big bowl of Coco Pops or Special K, nothing beats homemade cereal. As with anything homemade, you can alter the recipe to your taste, and you know exactly what's going in, no horrible chemicals or extra sugar or salt added. 

Here I bring you a super nutty granola recipe that you'll be enjoying each morning with your glass of OJ. As with anything, feel free to make any changes to the recipe to suit your taste, and add anything you think might add that special touch. 


-4 cups of oats 
-1 cup of nuts (I used almonds and crushed hazelnuts) 
-1/2 cup of dried fruit (I used raisins) 
-1/4 cup of honey or syrup 
-1/4 cup of melted butter or oil
-1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla essence 
-A pinch of salt 

How to: 
-Pre-heat the oven to 150 degrees C. 
-Mix together all of the dry ingredients in a bowl. 
-Add all of the wet ingredients and mix thoroughly. 
-Place the mix on a baking tray and cook for 30 minutes. 
-Check the mix throughout and stir.
-Once cooked, leave to cool and keep in an airtight container. 


The Power of Negative Thinking

Each and everyone of us spend so much of our time trying to work out ways to make ourselves happier, whether that's with more money, abs or more time off work. But striving for this happiness means that we are leaving ourselves feeling unhappy and unfulfilled in our current situation. Striving for that perfection will only have a negative impact on your life as there will always be something better that you could have. 

It's like buying the latest phone, sure you're happy for a couple of months, but 8 months down the line when the new model comes out, you're suddenly feeling like you need the upgrade. Our need to consume in society in order to make us happy has gone way overboard. 

This post is all about reflecting on the negatives in life in order to reach a point of happiness, sounds mad I know but it all makes sense...

If you don't like it, change it 

It sounds super simple, and you'll be thinking to yourself, 'it's just not that easy', but why isn't it? When it comes to negative thinking, you need to think about the things you don't like about your current situation in order to make the change. For example, if you don't like that you get out of breath every morning when you run for the bus then change this, join a fitness class, learn to run or do a sport. Likewise, if you don't like waking up to a job every morning that you don't enjoy, change it. Start researching what kind of jobs you like, get your CV polished off and start applying. 

By reflecting on the negative things in our life, it seems far easier to eliminate these than to come up with something you think might make you happy, but it might not. Sure you might think being slimmer will make you happy, but if you've not got a negative drive behind this (like getting out of breath easily) then what's the point? 

Start small 

Now i'm not tell you to go and quit your job or run a marathon, it's all about baby steps. If you don't want to rush around getting the kids ready for school every morning and feel like you have a mini heart attack each day at 8am then do something small to change this. Get up earlier. I know those extra minutes in bed may seem precious, but if you could spend 15 minutes before the kids wake up having a cup of tea to yourself and having things ready for when they come downstairs then wouldn't you have a less stressful start to your day? This will also have a knock on effect on how the rest of your day goes. 

These small changes make a large contribution to how you spend the rest of your day. Plus, if you've got a big goal, then breaking it down into smaller goals makes it seem a lot more manageable. 

Get a negativity list going 

So, first things first, write down a list of the things that are making you unhappy in life. For one, this will probably clear your head a little and make you realise what it actually is that's not making you feel great. Writing things down is one of the best ways the release what's on your mind. 

Once you've got this list, write down next to each negative point what you can do to make this a positive, like the statements listed earlier. These don't need to be huge changes, just small steps to eliminate that negative in your life. You should also note that you don't need to erase all of the negatives at once as this would become quite overwhelming. Order the points from which is having the most negative impact on your life to the least and work on the ones that are having the most impact first. You'll feel a weight lift off your shoulders when you cross off that first negative.