Monday, March 8, 2010

Meet G'Ma

Hello everyone. This is G'Ma Sally. I was lucky enough to "acquire" Sally when I married her son, Eric. Smart move on my part. Not only does Sally share yummy recipes with me, like the one for her homemade granola below, but she also reminds me that anything is possible with a little hard work and determination. Sally completed her first triathlon at the tender age of 63 and still bangs out century rides with her bike group in Florida. She shows no signs of slowing down and I like it that way.

As we age our metabolisms do slow down, starting at about age 30, but it doesn't have to be the kiss of death. Regular exercise, especially weight training which builds lean muscle mass and elevates our resting metabolic rate, combined with a healthy diet absolutely can thwart the weight gain many assume is inevitable with aging. Grandma Sally exercises at least 5 or 6 days a week and is in better shape than she was in her 30’s, proving that it’s never too late to start an exercise program and see results. Go G'Ma!


Oatmeal and oat bran are significant sources of dietary fiber, containing a mixture of half soluble and half insoluble fibers. One component of the soluble fiber found in oats is beta-glucans which has proven effective in lowering blood cholesterol.

G'Ma's Granola

3 c. regular oats (not “quick” oats)
1 c. chopped walnuts
½ cup sliced almonds
½ c. raw wheat germ
2 TBS agave nectar
1/8 c. water
1/4 c. vegetable oil
1 t. vanilla
1 t. cinnamon
½ t. nutmeg
¼ t. salt
Raisins or dried cranberries, optional

Preheat oven to 270

Combine oats, walnuts, almonds, wheat germ, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a BIG bowl.
Combine agave and water in a measuring cup; microwave about 7 seconds (to combine mixture). Remove from heat and stir.
Stir in oil and vanilla.
Pour over oat mixture and mix thoroughly.
Spread in 9 x 13 or larger rimmed pan.
Bake for 80 minutes total time, stirring at 30/30/20 minutes.
Once cooled, add raisins or cranberries if desired.
Store in an airtight container.

Sprinkle over a big bowl of fresh fruit with some soy yogurt (make sure it is “plain” yogurt as the vanilla and flavored yogurts contain a LOT of added sugar). Also try to make sure the nuts you use are raw or plain rather than salted, as the added sodium is not necessary or good for you.


  1. YEAH G'ma. I fully understand that I did inherit those genes however I am certainly finding my metabolism to have gone in the toilet at age 36. I can't just run anymore to keep the weight down. Plus my cravings are killin me. I'll get there.

    G'ma keep on movin!

  2. Go G'ma! This is like my mom. She still lifts weights and works out hard and plays Masters tennis and coaches wheelchair tennis and Special Olympics, etc...

    Erin, we want to know about the HUT trip! Give it up, girl!

    How funny that you posted this recipe -- I just posted home-made granola bars this weekend. I'm sure you could make them healthier, but we do the best we can given our nut limitation.

    And I also posted about a class I took on Friday at my gym. It was a drumming class and it was AWESOME!

    For all of you who hate exercise, find this class and take it. You get to take out all frustrations and feel like you're a rock star drummer at the same time!

  3. SLM - I'd love your granola bar recipe...I can make it healthy. I'm doing test recipes for granola bars to find the best consistency possible for a very picky 4 yr old!

  4. Sally is my flippen hero!!! I want to be you and look like you! Reading this post just inspired me to keep on running like I do. Oh and the granola sounds and looks yummy.


  5. Dana, go to for it. It's about the 4th post down. I know it doesn't fit Erin's healthy standards, but we love it...

    I looked at your profile. I'll bet we're fairly close by - Northern VA?