Nutty Gluten-Free Granola


1 cup almonds
1/2 cup cashews
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup gluten free oats
1/2 cup coconut
3/4 cup almond butter
1/2 cup brown rice syrup

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a pan add brown rice syrup and almond  butter.  Place on medium meat and allow to mix together and become creamy.  Add nuts, oats and coconut to a bowl and mix together.  Once the liquid ingredients are mixed together add to the nut/oat mix.  Place parchment paper on a baking pan.  Spread mix on the baking pan and bake for about 30 minutes.



Good Morning Papaya Smoothie

Smoothie 1

In addition to being known for widespread colds, the second half of the winter season is also New Year’s Resolution time!  For those who are detoxing, that may mean no coffee.  In our experience, this is the biggest battle.  (We’ve heard so many clients say, “No sugar, I can do that.  No coffee?  What?!”)

This is the struggle Tina is facing now, and she’s found a great alternative for that boost in the morning.  Here’s her recipe for a papaya smoothie that will wake you up and prepare you for your day, without the crash later.  This smoothie is a good source of fiber, protein, carbohydrates and good fat.

Good Morning Papaya Smoothie


1/2 cup fresh papaya (Tina gets hers at Whole Foods)*
1/4 cup mango, frozen
5 strawberries, frozen
1/2 to 3/4 cup water (less water will make mix thicker)
2 scoops Xymogen Fit Food Vegan (made from pea protein)
8 whole almonds

*Immediately after buying the papaya, Tina placed it out on the counter near a window to allow it to ripen.  You’ll know when the fruit is ready because it becomes soft.

The frozen strawberries and mango make for a delicious texture and will wake you right up!

The frozen strawberries and mango make for a delicious texture and will wake you right up!

Put water into blender and add fruit and Fit Food protein.  Start on low and increase speed to high until mix is smooth and creamy.  Turn blender back to low and add almonds.  Pulse; you’ll want the almonds to be a tad crunchy rather than completely blended.

Smoothie 2

Throw this in a tumbler and substitute your morning coffee with it, you’ll feel awake and clear-headed the whole day through. Enjoy!