[ Jessica Mulvey, private yoga instructor ]
Meet Jessica Mulvey. Just by looking at the picture above it is obvious of why I named her “Skinnista of the Month.” She is a private yoga instructor & her blog, Yoga Babes compiles yoga tips, healthy eating guidelines & even a fabulous DIY yoga mat spray. She was kind enough to share her secret homemade granola recipe [ that I baked this weekend [[see below]] ]- it was a delicious hit & extremely low calorie.
[ Add Greek 0% yogurt or almond milk to the granola for a quick snack ]
+ What is a quick skinny trick?
JM: Eating at home. It all begins at the grocery store- set yourself up for success by making a shopping list & sticking to it! Never buy processed food or candy, because you will eat them! When you eat out at restaurants for your meals there’s no way of knowing how the meal was prepared, the portions are almost always too large and you normally order based on what sounds tasty [ but not usually healthy ]! Also, besides the control over what you are consuming, eating at home saves you a lot money.
+ What is your weekly workout schedule?
JM: It consists of a lot of yoga [ at home and at a studio ]. My favorite type of yoga is a Vinyasa flow. I believe mixing it up with fresh exercise routines is the best way to keep your body challenged and healthy…I absolutely love Pure Barre, running, hiking & spin.
+ What is your favorite go-to healthy food?
JM: This would would have to be tacos. At our house we whip up chicken tacos with oodles of fresh veggies and lots of cilantro and salsa; it is a lot like Lauryn’s Lite Chicken Taco recipe. My hubby is allergic to dairy so we have to skip out on the cheese & sour cream, which makes the tacos really healthy and I swear, they’re still delish!
+ What is your motivation to stay in shape?
JM: I am a yoga instructor and yoga & wellness blogger. You have to walk the walk, not just talk the talk, if you want to be an genuine & authentic inspiration to other people.
+ What is skinny cocktail of choice?
JM: Lauryn’s grapefruit thin-tini– I love vodka!!!
[ One of Jessica’s favorite yoga poses ]
[ This recipe turned out to be filling & perfectly crunchy ]
[ Fun polka dot cupcake holders to store granola ]
3 cups of old fashioned rolled oats
1 ¼ cup of nuts (cashews & almonds unsalted)
¼ cup of flaxseed
2/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup melted coconut oil
½ cup local organic honey
2 tablespoons peanut butter
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine the dry ingredients & stir. Then add in the wet ingredients. Line two baking sheets with aluminum foil & transfer this mixture evenly onto them. Bake for 20-30 minutes & mix the granola every 10 minutes so nothing burns. Granola is done when it is golden. Let the granola cool on the pan, then transfer to cute little holders or a Tupperware.