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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Super Food Saturday- Blueberry Crunch Granola

Today's recipe is adapted from one in a recent Runner's World Magazine. I changed the butter in the recipe to coconut oil and the maple syrup to honey. I increased the honey a bit.  The extra honey helps to make this a nice crisp granola. It is great for snacking as well as for breakfast. This would be great to take along for a winter hike, ski or snow shoe.

So feel free to customize this recipe to your taste. That is what is great about making granola at home. You are totally in control of the ingredients.

Blueberry Crunch Granola

2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
½ cup wheat germ
¾ cup dried blueberries
¾ cup sliced almonds
½ cup raw cashews, coarsely chopped
½ cup shredded coconut
½ cups packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons apple pie spice
4 tablespoons coconut oil
3 tablespoons honey

Pre-heat oven to 300 F. Cover a jelly roll pan with aluminum foil.

Combine the oats, wheat germ, blueberries, almonds, cashews, coconut and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl.  Mix well.  In a saucepan melt coconut oil and add the honey. Pour over the cereal and nut mixture and mix well.  Spread on prepared pan.  Sprinkle with the apple pie spice.  Bake for 35 minutes or until lightly brown.  Stir occasionally while baking.  Makes 6 Cups

Super Foods Today:  Blueberries, coconut oil, almonds, honey

Chris Wodke at Duathlon National Championship Tuscon 2013

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 finished 2nd 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.

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