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Life Advice From the Creator of the Best Granola in the World: Well-Balanced


I take breakfast very seriously. It sets the tone for my entire day, which is why I try to kick things off with something that is wholesome but also exciting. (No flabby bagels or green bananas here.) One of my favorite breakfasts is granola, and over the years I’ve made it my business to sample all the options on the market. For a long time, my gold standard was Early Bird Granola. While I’m still a diehard Early Bird fan, I’ve been alternating with Purely Elizabeth’s Ancient Grain Granola. The sweet, crisp mix is made with powerhouse ingredients like chia seeds, coconut oil, and quinoa. I love it with yogurt, almond milk, by itself, and even on ice cream—yes, it’s that good. 

In addition to making magical granola, Purely Elizabeth is a pretty impressive company. Their CEO and founder, Elizabeth Stein, launched the business almost by accident in 2009 when she created healthy blueberry muffins to hand out at a triathalon (learn more about Stein in this month’s Birchbox Crush feature). I asked Stein to weigh in on this month’s theme of “Tiny Tweaks, Big Results.” Click through for her best advice.

"I believe that it’s all about taking small steps to make lasting lifestyle changes. Small, measurable steps are achievable and don’t set you up for failure. When I worked with clients as a holistic nutrition counselor, I’d always start them with one simple change such as adding leafy greens (like kale, swiss chard, arugula etc.) to every meal of the day. Greens have an incredible nutritional profile that make you feel amazing and at the same time crowd out other foods.

But living purely is more then what you put in your body, it’s also about having balance in life with family, friends, exercise, and work.  I suggest writing down a list of all the things that you love and that are important to you and then prioritizing how you can fit them into your week.”


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