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Moving from Orange County to Encinitas was a tough transition for me. I was so comfortable in Orange County. We had weekly activities like running the local college track as a family, hiking Top of the World in Laguna or running stairs at Strands on Sunday’s. It was the perfect mix of clean manicured beach towns to insanely beautiful hikes and trails with ocean views. Don’t get me wrong, Encinitas is an incredible beach town, just more raw which locals love! It’s taken some getting used to(for me). One thing that’s helped is getting out and exploring our own town! There are so many beautiful trails and paths along the lagoon with ocean views. The more we explore, the more I appreciate where we live. One thing I am really trying to do more in 2019 is find the hidden gems in North Country, San Diego.
Ozzy and I set out on a favorite trail for the kids. It’s the San Elijo Lagoon
. Nice and flat with a enough gravel, that even with some rain Ozzy can walk along with me. I made some of our favorite homemade protein granola (see recipe below) that we ate in the car before our walk and we wore cold weather gear from BACKCOUNTRY! You know how much we love Backcountry and thanks to our exclusive discount code: SALTY15 so many of you have scored PATAGONIA, NORTH FACE, ALO, NIKE, YETI + hundreds of brands for 15% off your first purchase!
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HOMEMADE PROTEIN GRANOLA RECIPE
What I love to do is adapt recipes to make them healthier for our family. This recipe starts with the basics to any granola recipe you can find online. My twist is no sugar added, replacing vegetable oil with coconut oil, and adding protein and lots of fiber.
5 cups quick oats
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup vanilla protein powder (I use Vega or Tone It Up)
1/3 cup ground flax meal
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1 Tbsp sea salt
1/2 cup peanut butter chips
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 cup agave or imitation honey (found honey at Target)
Mix everything in a large bowl by hand. Spread out on a cookie sheet.
Bake in pre-heated 300 degree oven for 20 mins. If you prefer your granola crispy, cook longer. Just watch to make sure it doesn’t burn.
Let cool. Store in a gallon ziploc or airtight container.
*What’s great about granola is being able to add what you like and already have in your pantry. Here are some other options I’ve tried: raisins, cranberries, dried blueberries, pumpkin seeds, add some cinnamon, whatever sounds good to you.