Lunch: Jennifer's Granola

Recipe by CHOFFMASTER This is a granola recipe fortified with wheat germ and flax seed that still tastes good.

This recipe includes fertility superfoods such as:

Cinnamon, Wheat Germ, Sunflower Seeds, Honey, Flax Seed

Health and fertility benefits of Jennifer's Granola

Cinnamon is one of the best ingredients that someone with insulin sensitivity can eat. Half a teaspoon of cinnamon per day has been shown to be very effective at normalizing blood sugar levels. Cinnamon contains hydroxychalcone, which is thought to enhance the effects of insulin. It has also been suggested that Cinnamon prevents post-meal blood sugar spikes by slowing the gastric emptying rate - meaning that food digests slowly. (Reference: Wheatgerm is a natural source of Inositol, which is often prescribed in the form of supplements for women with PCOS due to its ability to effectively reduce insulin resistance and improve insulin sensitivity. Sunflower seeds are an excellent food for PCOS as they are packed with vitamin B2 (riboflavin) and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine). Just one cup of sunflower seeds provides 30% of the recommended daily intake for vitamin B6. Sunflower seeds are also loaded with two other important of PCOS busting minerals: zinc and magnesium. One tbsp of honey has a glycemic index (GI) of 55. Flaxseed can be used to combat PCOS as it helps decrease androgen levels. It contains lignans that increase the production of sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) that binds testosterone in the blood, thereby preventing it from wreaking havoc in the body. Being high in fiber, flaxseed helps slow down glucose metabolism and lower cholesterol levels. The omega-3 fatty acids in this flaxseed also reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of chronic diseases like heart disease.


4 cups rolled oats
1 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup flax seed meal
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/3 cup canola oil
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup water


Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
In a large bowl, mix together the oats, wheat germ, flax seed meal, brown sugar, sunflower seeds, pecans, almonds, cinnamon and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the oil, honey, vanilla and water. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry, and mix until evenly blended. Spread in a greased 9x13 or 11x7 inch baking pan.
Bake for 1 hour in the preheated oven, stirring every 20 minutes, or until toasted. Let cool completely before storing in an airtight container.


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