To prevent blood sugar crashes when you aren’t able to stop for a meal, it’s always a good idea to carry around a protein rich snack.  You know that dull headache, lightheaded feeling and irritability you experience during the day that sends you rushing for a coffee or sugary snack? That’s most often a symptom of low blood sugar. The worst thing you can do is reach for a refined carbohydrate, sugar-laden snack. Sure, it will give you an instant boost in energy, but it won’t be a healthy, sustained type of energy. Any kind of rapid spike in blood sugar will always be followed by a sharp decline. This type of dramatic up and down fluctuation in blood sugar puts stress on the pancreas and sets the stage for diabetes.

Stored in a sealed container, this quick and easy to prepare snack will keep for at least two weeks.

Homemade Apple Cinnamon Granola

• 1 cup steel cut oats
½ cup ground, sprouted chia seeds
1 cup raw sunflower seeds
½ cup sesame seeds
1 tbsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp sea salt
¼ cup molasses
1 apple, diced
¼ cup apple sauce
2 tbsp maple syrup

Mix all dry and wet ingredients separately, then slowly combine, mixing well. Spread evenly on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake for 1 hour at 250° F. Let cool and break into clusters.
Using a dehydrator, dehydrate for 12 hours at 115°.

Add to cereal, sprinkle it on yogurt, toss it on some salad or just eat it as is!

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