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Gluten Free Granola Naturopathic Doctor Toronto

Today on the blog we have a guest post from our friends Nourish and Glow, two holistic culinary nutritionists (Michelle Tirmandi and Rachel Bies) who have been helping their clients eat well and feel better for years.

With the realization that many of their clients had limited time to prepare healthy meals, they decided they needed to come up with something that would go one step beyond providing nutritional advice. They’ve since come up with an affordable, meal planning service for busy and overwhelmed individuals that involves joining a community where you’ll receive a weekly meal plan (gluten free + omnivore), super simple recipes and done for you grocery lists (paired with nutrition education and support) right to your inbox!(You can say goodbye to the phrase ‘what should we have for dinner tonight!”). They’ve also recently started to offer weekly meal delivery services within the GTA for those who are looking to have healthy meals delivered to your home or office!

If you are feeling busy and overwhelmed, with little time to think about healthy meal prep, sign up to receive more information about joining the weekly meal planning community (launching mid-Sept) here and make sure to send along any questions or inquires about custom meal delivery to

6 Reasons to Eat Breakfast + A Healthy Granola Recipe

With September fast approaching, it’s a great time for many of us to start to think about getting back to a healthy routine. Eating a healthy breakfast is just one way we can ensure that we set each day up for success!

  1. Manages your Blood Sugar: The word ‘breakfast’ means just that, ‘break-fast, as in breaking the fast that we have endured while sleeping. 6-8 hours is a long time to go without eating and the level of glucose in your blood drops overnight. Low blood sugar can lead to plenty of negative side effects including: physical hunger, mood swings (hanger!), feeling lightheaded and dizzy – the opposite of feeling energized and ready to tackle your day.
  2. Boosts your Metabolism: Our metabolism is largely responsible for our energy levels as well as how quickly and efficiently we burn the fuel we put in our tank. When we eat within 30-60 minutes of waking we give our bodies a natural kickstart, like a rev to our engine which is very important to help us feel energized for the day.
  3. Supports Healthy Weight Loss: Breakfast is a great opportunity to make healthy food choices as you start your day. Psychologically, when we make a healthier choice in the morning we are more likely to set ourselves up for success for the remainder of the day. Physiologically, as noted above, breakfast gets the calorie-burning engine running and studies have shown that those who skip breakfast are more likely to be overweight.
  4. Supports A Better Workout: Ever tried working out when you feel tired? With no fuel in the tank you body doesn’t have the fuel available to help you to power through your workout. Your better off to eat something small then head to a workout sans breakfast.
  5. Boosts Brain Power: Skipping breakfast can lead to brain fog and poor memory, whereas eating a healthy, balanced breakfast can lead to increased focus and productivity!
  6. Creates Space for Healthy Habits: When we wake up early enough, or prep the night before for breakfast, we are prioritizing our health which as we know, will pay off in spades. It’s likely that if you are making time for a healthy breakfast you will also have made the time for more healthy habits like drinking a tall glass or lemon water, taking your supplements and practicing a moment of gratitude before the day begins.

The Simplest Gluten Free Granola

Servings: 4 cups


  • 1/3 cup of dried cherries, raisins or wild blueberries
  • 1/3 cup of raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup raw pepitas, pecans, walnuts and almonds
  • 1.5 cups gluten free oats
  • 4 tbsp coconut oil
  • 6 tbsp raw honey or organic maple syrup


  1. Preheat your oven to 300’
  2. Place all seeds and nuts into food processor and pulse until a med/small chop.
  3. Mix in remaining ingredients.
  4. Stir thoroughly making sure everything is coated.
  5. Spread mix on a baking/cookie sheet (unlined) making sure not too thick of a layer.
  6. Bake for 35-40 minutes until golden brown.
  7. Cool down and store in sealed glass jar.

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