When I was in high school I developed an open obsession with Oprah. I watched her show everyday, delved into old episodes (which go back to before I was even a thought), frequented her website, shed some tears on her final episode, and even was given the embarrassing senior superlative; most likely to follow around Oprah (advice-wise of course! I’m not that crazy). Like any Oprah fan my absolute FAVORITE episode was Oprah’s Favorite Things. Every Christmas season Oprah would pick a few of her favorite things, from tote bags to diamonds, and throw them out to her audience like pieces of candy. I tried SO HARD every year to get to go to this taping, well it never worked, but now I’m turning the tables. No I am not going to start giving away vacations to Australia or brand new cars (yet) but for now here are a few of my favorite things (Just in case you were wondering I can’t ever say this without humming the tune from Sound of Music).
1) Resistance bands: I know these are old…but I’ve been using resistance bands more lately with my morning boot camp and they are such a good tool to have! Especially because they are easy to use in your own home or take with you out and about!
2) Cast iron skillets: SO since moving out of my family home I have learned that I need to start building up my very own kitchen collection, spices included. One thing I am so excited about is my set of cast iron skillets, they make everything taste better for some reason AND they get better with age, so I’m starting now.
3) Rad. Fly Art Clothing: This one is the perfect combination for my love of rap, art history, and humor. T-Shirts and comfy sweatshirts picturing famous art pieces and rap lyrics to match, I love this kind of creativity.
4) Coconut oil spray: I can’t live without this Trader Joe’s gem and can honestly say I use it everyday. P.s. you can also use it for moisturizer and in your hair! Trust me coconut oil works all kinds of wonders.
5) It’s a 10 miracle leave-in: Seriously, this stuff changed my hair when I started using it last year. Especially when I had long locks, it was the perfect solution for boosting moisture and avoiding dreaded dead ends.
6) Pumpkin: You can probably tell from my recipes lately…Call me basic but I cannot get enough of this fall flavor! It is the perfect way to boost flavor profiles without added sugar and calories!
So continuing with the pumpkin theme, here is another recipe! Pumpkin peanut butter granola. Have at it!
1 1/2 cups Rolled Oats
1/4 cup chopped pecans, chopped
1 tbsp flax seeds
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup organic peanut butter
1/4 cup honey
2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt
Preheat your oven to 300 degrees, line a baking sheet with foil and spray with coconut oil spray. In a medium bowl add the oats, pecans, and flax seeds.
In a small bowl combine the pumpkin, peanut butter, honey, and oil. Mix the wet ingredients until combined and add to the dry ingredients. Stir again and add to the baking sheet, gently pat down to cover the tray. Bake for about 10 minutes, gently mix, then bake for another 10 minutes until set.