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Hi! I am Hardly A Goddess: Mom to twin boys, and two tween-age girls. I am a Librarian, a Blogger, and someone who loves her life, running, cooking, reading, and most of all laughing out loud. Really loud.

Book Review: Super Genes: Unlock the Astonish Power of Your DNA

As a book reviewer, I received a copy of this book for free from Blogging For Books to facilitate this review. I received no other compensation and as always my review and opinion is 100% my own. Links within the post are affiliate links (read full disclosure).

I had high hopes for this book. I really respect Deepak Chopra as a thoughtful mind in the mind/body arena. I think though the last time I read a book by him it was Ageless Body, Timeless Mind…which was in 1993. So maybe I don’t remember his writing style or maybe since Super Genes was also written by Rudolph Tanzi, the writing was a giant leap for me to get over. I had to skip past the first 80 pages, which is essentially Part 1 of the book, until I could get my head around relating to any concepts the authors were trying to express.

At page 80 though, we finally got to some ideas that I can understand, and this section is Part 2 of the book.

Diet: How the “laissez-faire taken toward fast food by many Americans(p87)” is doing us more harm than we think. It’s not all about calories and fat my friends. Inflammation response in your body after eating fast food, can last 5 hours! And we have been hearing a lot about inflammation as the cause to so many of our problems. BUT they point out, we can counteract inflammatory foods by eating non-processed foods with them, and the book offers Easy Choices, Harder Choices, and Experimental Choices for people to take to try to change their diet for the better.

This Easy, Harder, Experimental Choice theme repeats itself in the book, with other topics like:

  • Stress
  • Exercise
  • Meditation
  • Sleep
  • Emotions

In each there is definite scientific analysis going on, so it can get technical to slog through, but I like that they were basing their suggestions on actual studies that were done.

Finally, Part 3 of the book speaks to the title of the book: connecting the brain and body, summarizing with:

Cooperate with your body’s wisdom.
Don’t oppose your body’s wisdom.
Increase your body’s wisdom (p230).

Wisdom being knowledge from experience. Your body’s wisdom. And they go on to speak of the 9 essentials of cells and when one is out of whack, it can set your whole body out of sorts. Hmmm. Stuff to think about for sure here, and much of it is “big-head” thinking. But this chapter gets into the adaptation of our cells that can modify its DNA as it adapts to its environment (whew!).

I think the concepts are here in this book and solid and super interesting. Genetics are so fascinating as they approach our own understanding of serious diseases like Cancer or Alzheimer’s. But I teach college students how to perform research for my “day job” and this book is sort of geared toward research or a higher level of reading than a general audience. If you enjoy facts and figures and science behind your non-fiction reading, then you may enjoy this. For now I can only give it a light recommendation for an everyday read.

As a book reviewer, I received a copy of this book for free from Blogging For Books to facilitate this review. I received no other compensation and as always my review and opinion is 100% my own. Links within the post are affiliate links (read full disclosure).

Caramel Apple Granola #FoodieExtravaganza

caramel apple granolaSeriously. Caramel Apple taste made in granola form. When you make this, you are going to love it! And…it’s healthy for you!!! Full of all kinds of good for you ingredients, you don’t have to feel bad about this Caramel Apple- you just need to make it!

It’s so easy too- Just add all the dry ingredients to a BIG bowl, so you have plenty of room to mix it all up in:

caramel apple granola

I add these yummy and crunchy apples to the mix- to be honest, I have never bought these before, but I wanted a crunchy apple not a mushy one, and I liked how convenient these pouches were:Caramel Apple Granola

Then heat up some honey, brown sugar, and oil to make a caramel-ish wet mixture, mix it with the dry ingredients, and then  spread it all in a pan and bake:

caramel apple granola

See? So easy. And my house smells awesome on this rainy day- a perfect time for this recipe!

Caramel Apple Granola

Caramel Apple Granola

Ingredients

    Dry
  • 4 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup cashew pieces
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour
  • 2 Tbsp. flax seeds
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 .36oz packages freeze dried apples (the crunchy kind)
  • Wet
  • 1/2 cup neutral oil (like canola or safflower)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • *1 tsp. almond (or vanilla) extract

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl add all of the dry ingredients except the apples and mix together until totally combined.
  2. Without opening the apple bags, crush the apples with your hands. Add these to the dry mixture.
  3. In a small pot, add the wet ingredients except the extract.
  4. Heat the wet ingredients over medium heat until they simmer a bit. Continue to simmer, constantly stirring until the bubbles won't disappear and the sugar is all dissolved. Remove from the heat, and stir in the extract.
  5. Pour this over the dry ingredients, scraping the pan with a rubber spatula. Carefully mix the wet into the dry using the spatula until it is totally covered in the sugar mixture.
  6. Spread evenly on a rimmed sheet pan and bake for one hour at 325*. Using a spatula, turn the mixture every 15 minutes to make sure it all bakes evenly and browns nicely. Cook up to an additional 15 minutes if you like your granola especially crunchy. Let cool on the pan, and store in a ziplock bag or tupperware for as long as it lasts!
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You know I love my granola! My Crunchy & Hearty Granola or Peanut Butter Pumpkin Granola can give you some other ideas for making my favorite snack!
Foodie Extravaganza

This recipe for Caramel Apple Granola is just one of many inspired by this month’s theme of “Caramel.” Foodie Extravaganza is a monthly party where bloggers come together to create recipes using the same ingredient. The host, this month it’s Kathleen from Fearlessly Creative Mammas, and she chose caramel recipes.  If you’re a blogger and would like to join in the fun, you can request to join on this Facebook page. Posting day is always the first Wednesday of the month. If you’d like to see past recipes, you can follow our Pinterest board too.

Here  are the Caramel Recipes from this month’s inspiration:

Gooey Caramel Cake – Fearlessly Creative Mammas
Easter Coconut Bird’s Egg Nests – Palatable Pastimes
Ooey Gooey Salted Caramel Cake – A Day in the Life on the Farm
Caramel Apple Granola – Hardly a Goddess
Caramel Apple Dip – Sew You Think You Can Cook
Banana Chia Pudding with Date Caramel – Caroline’s Cooking
Affogato – Vanilla Ice Cream With Espresso, Caramel Sauce And Salted Almonds – Sneha’s Recipes
Fa’ausi (Samoan Coconut Caramel Bread) – Tara’s Multicultural Table

#MondayMatinee Book Giveaway: The Last Chance Matinee

Hey there friends and loyal readers! I am giving on lucky reader a chance to win a signed, hardcopy of this wonderful book by Mariah Stewart. 
lcm book review

This is so Easy! Stop by this post (where I reviewed the book) and leave a comment over there on WHY you want to win a signed copy of this book!

Done. The giveaway ends on April 10th, IS OVER so comment away- only once per person please!

This is a #MondayMatinee Giveaway: Follow XOXO After Dark on Twitter (@xoxoafterdark) Mondays in April to see which blogs on the blog tour will host a giveaway for The Last Chance Matinee: April 3, 10, 17, 24!


*I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*

Giveaway ends April 10 at 11:59 PM EST. Open to Legal Residents (18 years of age or older) of the *US only*. Prizes cannot be shipped to PO Boxes. Winner will be selected by Random.com and be notified by email. Please note that Hardly A Goddess is not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes. I have represented each sponsor with the expectation they will fulfill their prize and in a timely manner. I will contact the sponsor regarding your prize(s). The sponsor will ship their items to you directly. I will make every effort to assist you in obtaining your prize. If there is an issue with a sponsor, please notify the blog you won a prize from within 30 days for assistance, after that we may be unable to assist you. The product provided for the review was free of charge from the company. The product offered for the giveaway is free of charge, no purchase necessary. My opinions are my own and were not influenced by any form of compensation. Facebook, Twitter and Google+ are in no way associated with this giveaway.