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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Super Food Saturday- Pumpkkn Granola

Keeping up with the pumpking theme from last week.   You may have never thought about using pumpkin for granola, but the result is delicious!

Pumpkin Granola

2/3 cup pumpkin puree
1/3 cup maple syrup
¼ cup agave or honey
¼ cup canola or melted coconut oil
1 tablespoon molasses
1 teaspoon orange extract
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
2 cups rolled oats
2 cups grape nuts cereal
½ cup wheat germ
¼ cup uncooked quinoa
2/3 cup shredded coconut
½ cup pumpkin seeds
1 cup golden raisins
1 cup craisins
2/3 cup chopped pecans

Combine the pumpkin, syrup, agave, oil, molasses, extract and spice.    Combine the rolled oats, cereal, wheat germ, quinoa, coconut and seeds. Fold pumpkin mixture into the cereal mixture and stir well until combined.    Cover a jellyroll pan  (cookie sheet with sides) with aluminum foil. Spread mixture onto pan.  Bake at 300 F for 60 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes to keep from burning.  Remove from oven and let cool. Once cooled add the raisins, craisins and pecans.


Author at Aquathon National Championship 2014

Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finishe2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship. She has qualified to represent Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015.  

 In 2014 she represented  the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 159 members in 30 states. We also have members in Australia, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland and Iran. If you wish to join us visit our web site; or

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

Additional Link
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