WordPress is sporting a plethora of New Year’s Posts. They range from why it’s a bad idea to establish resolutions to the very most resolved. There’s advice on how to create a new habit and helpful tips to eliminate the bad ones. And I am no different. There are things that I’d love to start doing, some things that I should stop, and real change that I’d like to see occur in 2012.
Much of the hoopla fades quickly. By week three my jam-packed gym will have dwindled to typical attendance levels. Vast amounts of consumers will be tossing out spoiled wheatgrass and putting their new juicers on the pantry shelf. Then every time they see that shelf, they’ll remember the resolution that never was or their failed attempt to create a new lifestyle.
I’ve read much on the topics of change and goal setting and my take is that inventing our lives is a process and we need to view it as that. So here I sit on January 2nd weighing a half pound more than I did on January 1st but what an amazing hike we had and what a great time meeting new friends last night. Now, I’m greeting this new day as another fresh opportunity to work towards overall betterment in spirituality, health, family and leadership.
One thing that I see us doing in 2012 is spending more time in the kitchen. That doesn’t necessarily mean more time eating but it does mean more time preparing fresh foods and cooking together. In my model, that hits all four categories that I’m working on. My boys learn to cook healthy foods. We spend more time together. Hopefully we can share things here that others will try and enjoy. Each day greets us with a new opportunity so on days when we don’t cook, we’ll move on and welcome the next chance.
This morning we embraced the idea of a fresh start and rolled out a batch of homemade granola. We’ve been fortunate to have Sally, chef to the stars in our home this last week and she was kind enough to share her recipe. My youngest son marveled at the simplicity of the process.
Starting Fresh Granola
- 2/3 cup frozen apple juice concentrate
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/3 cup sunflower oil (almond or canola oil will also work)
- 1 Tbs cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 5 cups of rolled oats (not the quick cooking type)
- 1 cup toasted wheat germ
- 1 cup almonds, coarsely chopped
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds, shelled
- 1 and 1/2 cups dried fruit