- Is Granola Good for You or Not?
- 7 Secretly Unhealthy Foods
- What is granola?
- What is a normal portion size?
- Nutritional profile of granola
- How to buy healthier granola
- Granola recipes
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- Is Granola Healthy? Here’s What Experts Say
- What is granola made of?
- What should you look for in granola?
- What is a serving size of granola?
- Thank you!
- What’s the healthiest way to eat granola?
- Is granola actually healthy?
- Watch how to make these Granola & Yogurt Bowls in 4 different ways!
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Is Granola Good for You or Not?
Earlier this year, the New York Times asked about 700 nutritionists what they consider to be “health food” and compared that info with the responses of 2,000 Americans. Granola was a serious point of contention, with 80 percent of Americans deeming it healthy and only 47 percent of nutritionists agreeing.
So, what is the deal with those tasty clusters? Is granola good for you or not? Read on learn the truth about granola.
The Benefits of Granola
A quick walk down the cereal aisle can make even the savviest shopper believe that granola is healthy. Packages touting whole grains and high fiber content make it seem like a no-brainer addition to your shopping cart. And there are legit benefits. Consider the ingredients that go into your average granola recipe: Whole-grain oats deliver loads of satiating fiber; nuts and seeds offer heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, and dried fruit or coconut offer natural sweetness. When you compare all that goodness to the box of Froot Loops on the shelf nearby, granola looks like the nutrition all-star.
The problem comes when food manufacturers take those good-for-you ingredients and then add tons of sugar-in many cases enough to rival a dessert. “When the companies use a lot of honey or chocolate or yogurt-covered bars, that’s when you run the risk of added sugar outweighing the benefits of granola,” says registered dietitian Dawn Orsaeo. One variety of peanut butter and dark chocolate granola, for instance, has 15 grams of sugar in a half-cup serving, which is more than the 11 grams of sugar you’ll consume in a same-size serving of a popular vanilla ice cream.
Which brings up the next issue with granola: serving size. When you glance at the nutrition label, notice that the suggested serving size is a measly quarter or half cup. More power to you if you can stick to that! But many people eat granola like they would any other cereal, which is a problem because a bowl full of granola is a serious calorie bomb. What starts off as a healthy breakfast could set you back more than 400 calories for just one cup-plus another 50 or so when you add milk. What’s more, you may be more likely to overeat foods that are labeled “healthy.” A study published in the Journal of the Association for Consumer Research determined that people automatically view healthy food as less filling. Feeling or even just thinking that you’re less full leads people to go for that second-or third-helping.
Unfortunately for on-the-go snackers, your granola bar could be just as bad. In the New York Times survey, granola bars were the food item that nutritionists and the general public disagreed about the most, with 71 percent of Americans surveyed considering them healthy, while only 28 percent of nutritionists agreed. A study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found caloric sweeteners are packed into more than 95 percent of granola bars, so it’s very likely your grab-and-go option is weighing you down. (Yep, foods with added sugar could end up causing weight gain, particularly extra belly fat.)
The Final Word On Granola
Granola has some benefits, but the food quickly veers away from healthy territory when loads of sugars and artificial ingredients are added. So should you stop buying it altogether? Not necessarily, though you should pay close attention to the serving size and the ingredients that go into your granola of choice. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute suggests limiting your granola intake and choosing a low-fat alternative, such as bran flakes, oatmeal, or at least a reduced-fat granola if you can’t quit the crunchy breakfast treat. (And just so you know, fat is not bad for you, but all the extra calories can interfere with your weight loss goals.)
Steer clear of granola featuring other sugary ingredients, like chocolate chunks or brown sugar, and look for options with a low sugar count. “Avoid products with sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, or honey in the first five ingredients,” says Orsaeo. To keep your portion size in check, use a measuring cup or adjust your approach and think of granola as an add-on to Greek yogurt instead of the entire breakfast bowl itself.
You could also try making a healthy homemade granola recipe at home. Just be sure to monitor how much sweet stuff you’re adding-even natural ingredients like maple syrup and honey could significantly inflate the amount of sugar and calories. (This sugar-free granola recipe is a smart option.)
- By By Moira Lawler
7 Secretly Unhealthy Foods
You know how some sneakers are specifically engineered for workouts and others, it turns out, are suited for nothing more than making fashion statements? Well, foods are like that too. Some are dressed up to look like they’re good for you when in fact they’re anything but. When you’re trying to eat well, it can be maddening when unhealthful impostors—filled with sugar, fat, and sodium—undo your good work. Here’s how to spot and stop seven of them.
Just because they come in a tiny package that says they’re loaded with vitamin and minerals, energy bars are not necessarily a healthy choice. In fact, “a lot of them are nothing more than glorified candy bars,” says Sari Greaves, RD, nutrition director for Step Ahead Weight Loss Center in New Jersey. “They can be packed with enriched white flour, high fructose corn syrup, and other sweeteners.” Many are high in saturated fat, too, and low in fiber. “And if you eat them in addition to meals,” says Greaves, “that’s an extra 300 to 400 calories in your day, which most of us can’t afford.”
- If you’re replacing a meal with an energy bar, choose one with 200 to 300 calories; for a snack, shoot for 150 calories or fewer.
- Opt for a bar whose ingredient list is short and begins with a whole grain such as brown rice, whole wheat, or whole oat flour.
- Make sure your pick meets at least two of Greaves’s requirements: fewer than 15 grams of sugar, less than 2 grams of saturated fat, at least 3 grams of fiber, and at least 5 grams of protein.
- If you can’t find one containing that much protein, add it yourself: Spread a low-calorie bar with a thin layer of peanut butter, or enjoy a glass of low-fat milk or a piece of low-fat string cheese with it. “Adding in the protein will help you feel more satisfied longer,” says Greaves.
Given that we use the word “granola” to describe healthy, outdoorsy types, it’s ironic that the yummy breakfast cereal is one of the least healthy ways to start your day. “Most have too much sugar and very little fiber. A healthy breakfast cereal should be the exact opposite,” says Keri Gans, RD, author of the forthcoming Small Change Diet (to be published by Gallery Books in spring 2011, amazon.com). With all the sugar it contains, just one cup of granola can easily top out at 600 calories, a third of the average woman’s daily allowance.
- Gans recommends picking a cereal that has the same satisfying crunch as granola but contains more grams of fiber than sugar. Add a heaping tablespoon of nuts (try walnuts) and your favorite berry for sweetness.
- If you just can’t give up granola, sprinkle a small amount (less than a quarter of a cup—that’s how unhealthy it is!) over low-fat or nonfat plain yogurt with a handful of blueberries or a half-cup of sliced strawberries.
With so much fruit, how could a smoothie be a bad thing? Trouble comes to tropical paradise when a smoothie’s main ingredient is fruit juice, which adds calories without providing any of the good-for-you fiber you get from the fruit itself. What’s more, some smoothie spots use sugar-loaded sherbet or frozen yogurt to bump up flavor. “The average smoothie is going to provide enough calories for a meal—400 to 600—but not satisfy you like a meal,” warns Gans. Which means you’ll be adding on the calories later when hunger comes roaring back.
- On the go, opt for a low-fat yogurt and a piece of fruit.
- At home, try Gans’s recipe for a healthy smoothie: Blend a half-cup low-fat yogurt, a half-cup nonfat milk, one serving of fruit (such as a cup of frozen berries or a frozen banana), and a tablespoon of flax seed.
Vitamin Drinks, Sports Drinks, and Other Sweetened Beverages
A growing body of research suggests that ingesting added sugar from sweetened beverages increases the risk of developing chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. In fact, the American Heart Association recommends we get no more than 6.5 teaspoons of added sugar daily. But most of us way outpace that. Between 1970 and 2005 the average American’s intake of added sugars (cane sugar, beet sugar, high fructose corn syrup, honey, or agave) jumped by 20 percent, and most of that increase came from beverages. You probably consume 22 to 30 teaspoons of added sugar daily, which adds up to 350 to 475 empty calories every day.
Soda takes a lot of the heat, but the problem doesn’t begin and end there. For instance, the 20-ounce bottle of SoBe Green Tea provides 15.5 teaspoons of added sugar—just one teaspoon less than a 20-ounce Coke. And a Minute Maid lemonade of the same size has a half-teaspoon more than a Coke. Gatorade and Vitamin Water may sound healthy, but a 20-ounce bottle of either exceeds your daily sugar allowance by two teaspoons.
- In restaurants, ask for unsweetened beverages—like ice tea—and add in a zero-calorie sweetener such as Splenda, says Greaves.
- Look for sugar-free versions of Vitamin Water and lemonade (like good ol’ Crystal Light), and Gatorade’s G2 reduced-sugar drink.
- At home, make your own flavored water, adding in sliced cucumbers, oranges, berries, lemons, or limes. Looking for a boost of vitamins? Pop a multi with your water.
They sure sound good, but the problem with fat-free foods, says Greaves, is that “people view them as a ticket to eat more.” Which is especially troublesome because when you take fat out of foods, something has to replace the flavor—and that something is generally added sugar and sodium. The right kinds of fats are actually essential to a healthy diet, providing flavor, reducing the risk of heart disease, and even picking up your mood, says Greaves. Furthermore, fat can help you feel full; many foods become less satisfying without it, which may lead you to eat more at your next meal.
- Dairy products, such as milk, cheese, and yogurt, are typically high in saturated fat; choose fat-free or low-fat versions.
- Ditto with commercially processed foods such as stick margarine and frozen meals, which are often high in trans-fats.
- On the other hand, “sometimes one regular cookie is a better choice than eight fat-free cookies,” says Greaves. It may be more likely to satisfy you and keep you from overindulging.
- Always go with full-fat, natural peanut butter, which is rich in healthy polyunsaturated fats. Reduced-fat versions replace them with hydrogenated oils (which are high in trans fats) and sugar.
- Fat-free salad dressings are loaded with sodium and sugar. Instead, mix two teaspoons of olive oil with lemon juice or flavored vinegar.
“I’ll just have a salad” has become the universal slogan of the well-intentioned eater, but consider this: Some restaurant chains have salads on their menus that top out at 1,000 calories. And if you pick up a premade Caesar-salad kit at the grocery store you might as well have stopped into Burger King for a Whopper, says Greaves. The fact is, many salads are packed with unhealthy add-ins, such as cheese (100 calories in four dice-sized cubes), bacon bits, creamy dressings, and croutons. Nothing against a big bowl of healthy greens; it’s the company they keep that’s worrisome.
- When you’re dining out, always ask for dressings on the side. Dip your fork into the dressing first, then spear some greens.
- At the salad bar, skip anything that’s mixed with mayonnaise, such as tuna or egg salad. Choose grilled chicken breast, tofu, or a half-cup of chickpeas instead.
- If you love cheese, dust a tablespoon of grated Parmesan over your salad before eating, to give it a lot of flavor with way fewer calories.
- Instead of chopped ham or croutons, go for a tablespoon of slivered almonds or sunflower seeds for flavor and crunch.
- At home, replace dressing with flavorful fresh fruit—such as pears or mandarin oranges.
With little leaves of lettuce peeking out and slim slices of deli meats, wraps seem like a solid choice. But the flat breads that give the sandwiches their name can bring 300 calories to the table all on their own, says Marisa Moore, RD, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association in Atlanta. By the time you add in some cheese, cold cuts, and a spread, you can be putting away a 700-calorie meal that feels more like a snack. Plus, wraps are often made from refined grains—which means they don’t give you the fiber you need for a healthy lunch.
- Check nutrition info, if it’s available: A wrap made of whole grain is best. Barring that, look for the choice that’s highest in fiber, which will help you feel fuller.
- Eat only half of the sandwich for lunch, with a piece of fruit and a side of greens; save the other half for a post-exercise or afternoon snack.
- Skip the cheese and choose avocado (which is full of heart-healthy fat) instead.
- Pick Dijon or spicy mustard over mayonnaise.
- Pile on extra veggies, such as green peppers, onions, lettuce, and tomatoes.
What is granola?
Granola is a breakfast cereal that’s similar to muesli, but it’s usually coated in some form of sugar such as honey to give it a crunchy, chunky texture. Common ingredients include oats, chopped nuts, seeds and dried fruit.
What is a normal portion size?
A typical serving size is about 40-45g, which is approximately ½ cup or about 3 tablespoons.
Granola can form part of a varied and balanced diet, but it’s best to keep to the recommended portion size as granola is often high in sugar. Adding milk or natural yogurt and fresh fruit will help to create a more balanced breakfast, and will add calcium, protein, vitamins and minerals. You can also try adding spices such as cinnamon for extra flavour.
Nutritional profile of granola
The nutritional profile of granola varies depending on the brand or recipe. Some have more dried fruit, which will increase the natural sugar content, and others may be higher in fibre, protein and fat if they contain more nuts and seeds.
As a general guide, a typical oat and raisin granola may have around 200 calories per 45g serving – 32g of which will be carbohydrates, 10g is sugar, and there’s about 3-5g of fibre and protein, and 4-7g of fat.
Generally, a granola that’s lower in added sugars will also be lower on the glycaemic index thanks to ingredients like oats, nuts and seeds.
Nutritionally, granola is typically a good source of iron, zinc and magnesium, as well as vitamin E and B vitamins. Again, this depends on the recipe and ingredients used.
How to buy healthier granola
Always read the nutritional labels if you’re looking to make a healthier choice. There are many brands and flavour combinations to choose from, and while some promise ‘high fibre’ or try to tempt with their luxury branding, they may also include lots of hidden sugars, salt or fat that may not be so good for your health.
Try to choose products with low levels of added sugar – this may be listed on the label as honey, sugar, syrups, or a combination of all three. Some brands add fruit syrups to the dried fruit for extra sweetness, which should also be listed in the ingredients list. Keep an eye on the salt content too, as some brands add this as a flavour enhancer.
Look for brands that have a higher oat, nut and seed content as they will be typically higher in filling protein and fibre and lower in sugar and salt.
Products that are high in sugar or have indulgent ingredients such as chocolate should be enjoyed as an occasional treat.
Alternatively, you could batch make your own, allowing you to keep an eye on the sugar content, and store it in the fridge for a few days for convenience.
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Kerry Torrens BSc. (Hons) PgCert MBANT is a Registered Nutritionist with a post graduate diploma in Personalised Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy. She is a member of the British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT) and a member of the Guild of Food Writers. Over the last 15 years she has been a contributing author to a number of nutritional and cookery publications including BBC Good Food.
Nicola Shubrook is a nutritional therapist and works with both private clients and the corporate sector. She is an accredited member of the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) and the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). Find out more at urbanwellness.co.uk.
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Is Granola Healthy? Here’s What Experts Say
Granola, beloved by hikers and outdoorsy types, certainly seems healthy. You can buy it in health food stores and organic supermarkets, with words like “pure” and “natural” stamped right on the label.
Is granola healthy? It absolutely can be. But products vary greatly, and knowing whether or not the nutty snack lives up to its nutritional claims can take a little bit of digging. Here’s what dietitians say you should know about granola before crunching down.
What is granola made of?
“There is no one standard formula for granola, so whether it’s healthy really depends on the ingredients and how it’s made,” says Cynthia Sass, a New York and Los Angeles-based registered dietitian, by email. Granola tends to be made from whole oats, some nuts or seeds and dried fruit.
Oats are filled with fiber, which can help lower cholesterol, says Nancy Clark, a sports nutrition counselor and registered dietitian based in Boston, in an email. And while nuts provide healthy fats and dried fruits contain potassium, an electrolyte that’s essential for bodily processes including cell function and muscle contractions, the amount of nuts and dried fruit in most granola likely isn’t enough to offer big benefits, she says.
Granola is also packed with carbs. “For active people, granola is best known for being a source of carbohydrate to fuel the muscles and provide energy for a busy day,” Clark says. “Grains are excellent for athletic people to fuel muscles.”
But often, ingredients like oats and nuts are bound together by a sticky sweetener, says Sass, which can increase granola’s sugar content.
If you’re watching your weight, a bowl of granola also offers a large number of calories—sometimes 240 per half a cup (but amounts can vary).
What should you look for in granola?
First, look at a product’s ingredient list. “It can give you some insight into the sugar content, as the higher up on the ingredient list a sweetener is, the more it makes up each bite,” says Sass. And remember: added sugar can masquerade under names including anhydrous dextrose, corn syrup solids, dextrose, fructose, high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), honey, lactose, malt syrup, maltose, maple syrup, molasses, nectars, sucrose and more.
“Avoid anything artificial or ingredients you don’t recognize,” suggests Sass. “The ingredient list on a granola package should read like a recipe you could have made in your own kitchen.”
Then, consider your dietary restrictions. There are grain-free granolas made with nuts and seeds, which might appeal if you’re following a grain-free or Paleo diet. Just note that if you’re choosing grain-free granola, it will lack the carb load of regular granola that’s often used to fuel performance, notes Clark.
Look for granolas that do not contain trans fat and that are low in saturated fat. In excess, saturated fat (which sometimes creeps into granola through coconut and certain oils) can raise levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol and have been linked to heart disease, according to the American Heart Association.
What is a serving size of granola?
The serving size for granola can differ by brand, but a typical portion of granola is 1/3 cup, says Sass, “about the size of one-third of a tennis ball.” That means sitting down to a big bowl of granola for breakfast is excessive.
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But whether or not that serving size works for you depends on your energy needs, which can vary depending on your sex, activity levels and age. “The body is the best calorie counter, so the correct portion of a granola-meal is the portion that leaves the person satisfied, not stuffed,” says Clark. That said, measuring out an amount can help you estimate what a portion should look like.
What’s the healthiest way to eat granola?
Once you’ve chosen a brand and amount you feel good about, you can boost granola’s nutritional value by eating it with milk or yogurt and adding berries, banana and an extra handful of nuts or pumpkin seeds, says Clark.
For a healthy snack, Sass recommends pairing 1/3 cup or less of granola with almond milk, or eating it with fresh berries alongside a protein such as grass-fed organic Greek yogurt or eggs.
If you’re an athlete who burns a lot of calories throughout the day, you could also benefit from the calories in a bowl of granola, says Clark. A higher carb granola—one made with oats, a sweetener like honey or maple syrup and fruit—would help to fuel an extended physical activity like a hike or bike ride, says Sass. And for the rest of us, “a small portion of grain-free granola made with nuts and seeds with less sweetener would be fine as a snack before less active hours, like an afternoon of office or computer work.”
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Is granola actually healthy?
Nothing beats a quick and easy breakfast on those mornings when you’re run off your feet – but I’m not talking about the bacon and egg roll or café-style muffin you can pick up on your way into work.
For the health-conscious among us, you might be inclined to whip up a bowl of muesli when you’re short on time. After all, it takes only seconds to pour it from the box to the bowl.
The breakfast cereal aisle has certainly given these products a health-halo – but is it actually deserved? Well, listen up. Here’s your answer.
The basis of granola is usually oats – an ingredient I’ve got a lot of time for. As a dietitian, I think oats truly deserve the title of ‘superfood’ (as opposed to the exotic berries and expensive powders that boast this title instead).
For one, they’re packed with gut-loving fibre. Just half a cup (60 grams) of oats has almost 6 grams. What’s more, oats contain a type of fibre called ‘beta-glucan’, which actually works to lower your cholesterol – so they’re good for your ticker, too.
As a wholegrain, oats are full of micronutrients that help our bodies to work their best. Some examples are energising b-group vitamins, iron for oxygen transport and disease-fighting antioxidants, like vitamin E.
Oats are also packed with low-GI carbs – and FYI, carbs aren’t the devil in disguise. In fact, quality carbs are an important component of any balanced meal. That’s because they provide slow burning energy that will keep you feeling full till your next meal (read: you’ll be less likely to reach for the office biscuit jar come morning tea).
The nuts and seeds
Nuts and seeds are also part and parcel of your standard granola – and luckily, I’m a big fan of these, too.
You see, nuts are jam-packed with heart-healthy fats. They’re also a source of plant-based protein for muscle maintenance and repair, and fibre to support a healthy gut.
They’re so good for you, in fact, that research has actually linked a handful of nuts a day to benefits like reduced risk of heart disease and diabetes, as well as a healthy weight.
The other components
So far, it’s a gold star for granola. But, not so fast!
Unfortunately, some granola varieties aren’t the best choice with good health in mind. That’s because they can come loaded with added sugar (FYI, honey is one of them!), as well as fats if they’re baked in oil.
You can bet your bottom dollar that granola can be a perfectly healthy breakfast – it’s actually one of my top recommendations. An added bonus is that you usually pair granola with milk or yoghurt, so you’ll get a dose of bone-strengthening calcium and another boost of muscle-building protein.
But, there can be pitfalls, so here’s my top tips for picking a healthy granola:
- Scan the ingredients – look for minimal ingredients sans sugar and fat. That includes things like maple syrup, rice malt syrup and raw sugar, as well as coconut and other oils.
- Check the nutritionals – look for less than 15 grams of sugar per 100 grams. If the granola has dried fruit and there’s more sugar than that, just be sure that added sugar isn’t towards the start of the ingredients list. Also look for less than 3 grams of saturated fat per 100 grams.
- Consider the health star rating – it’s pretty simple. The more stars, the healthier the product. There’s plenty of brands that boast five stars, so do your best to choose one of those.
Melissa Meier is a Sydney-based Accredited Practising Dietitian. You can follow her @honest_nutrition.
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One year, a co-worker gave me a bag of granola for Christmas from Great Harvest. That began my love of gifting (and receiving) granola. It’s more than a breakfast cereal, and can be so versatile. We love granola because you can add so many healthy ingredients, such as:
- Dried fruit
- Wheat Germ
- Whole wheat
- or even fresh fruit!
So whether you are giving granola this year, or you got some, we’ve got some ideas for you!
- Mixed it with yogurt. As a dessert or breakfast, use granola, yogurt and fruit. Then dig in.
- Use as a topping for a baked apple!
- Add to muffins
- Bake it in bread
- Make granola bars! These are so good, and only 4 ingredients. Granola, honey, peanut butter and chocolate!
- Roll bananas in granola and freeze
- Top a salad with it.
- Toss it with oatmeal for a crunchy twist
- Add it to smoothies
- Soften it up with heated milk and let sit. Then eat.
- Use instead of bread crumbs for stuffing
- Crush and roll chicken in it before baking for some crispy chicken.
- Eat it straight with various nuts and seeds as add-ins. Try sunflower seeds, almonds, raisins, craisins, pecans, m&m’s, cashews, dried apricots, dried apples, dried pineapple.
- Makes a great neighbor gift. Pour granola in decorative cellophane bag and tie with ribbon.
The granola recipe that has worked best for our family is found here.
What do you like to do with granola?
By Kate Springer
Ever wonder what to do with granola? A lot of people use it as a breakfast cereal, or on top of yogurt, but there are many additional ways in which granola can be used. We’ve updated this old blog post that’s dedicated to listing some tips for how to use granola. Check out the ideas below for some inspiration on how to enjoy granola for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and snack!
- Add some granola to your breakfast cereal bowl for some extra crunch.
- Top off your yogurt with a sprinkling of your favorite granola.
- Our Oats So Good Muesli tastes even better with Nutty No Grainer!
- Stir some granola into pancake batter for an interesting take on the breakfast classic. Our Granola Blues Granola goes great with blueberry pancakes!
- Coat French toast with our original Maple-Vanilla Granola, or use theorganic version.
- For some extra dimension, add granola to your next smoothie bowl.
- Sprinkle your toast with granola. Peanut butter or chocolate-hazelnut spread toast goes great with Chocolate Granola.
- Toss in some granola with your oatmeal.
Granola with Lunch
- Try Nutty No Grainer Original on top of a salad.
- Make chicken tenders with Nutty No Grainer Original instead of breadcrumbs or batter. For a more savory take, use our Nutty No Grainer Mediterranean Blend.
- Add Maple-Vanilla Granola to meatballs, meatloaf or hamburgers to add texture.
- Granola or nut blends, such as our Nutty No Grainer, works as a topping on cottage cheese. Add some fruit for a sweet and savory taste.
Dinners that Feature Granola
- Top baked apples with Apple Cinnamon Granola, and pears with rosemary and Maple-Vanilla Granola.
- Give roasted yams a touch of crunch with some Ginger Granola. Or, add any of our granolas to sweet potato crumble for additional flavor.
- Top roasted vegetables with Pumpkin Granola or Go Nuts Granola.
- Substitute breadcrumbs in stuffing for granola.
- Croutons can be replaced with granola for an innovative soup topping.
Desserts with Granola
- Enjoy granola-topped ice cream on nights when you crave a cool treat.
- No yogurt parfait is complete without fruit and granola! If you like this mixture, try making frozen yogurt bites by mixing yogurt, granola and berries together into small clusters. Freeze and eat. As an alternative, make yogurt pops out of fruit and yogurt, and coat them with granola.
- Berry crisp gets a leg up with granola. Apple crisp tastes great with Apple Cinnamon Granola, while blueberry works with Nutty No Grainer with Blueberries or Granola Blues Granola. If you prefer a more traditional take, just about any crisp works with our Maple-Vanilla Granola, Nuts & Flax Granola or Ginger Granola.
- Put granola on top of pies, cakes, cupcakes and cheesecakes for visual interest.
- Chocolate bark is even more flavorful when mixed with our granola. For chocolate-cherry bark, add in Cherry Vanilla Pecan Granola. Nutty No Grainer with Cranberries also works well.
- Add granola to chia seed pudding for added substance.
- Roll strawberries or bananas in nut butter (or a nut-free substitute) and top with Chocolate Granola for a sweet treat.
- Jazz up a pudding cup with your granola of choice.
- Top baked fruit, such as apples, with a generous handful of granola.
- Mix granola into muffin, brownie or cake batter.
- Whip up some delicious granola-chocolate chip cookies with our mix.
- Place granola on top of your go-to smoothie.
- Make granola bars out of ingredients such as honey, peanut butter, chocolate chips and dried fruit. Be sure to use your favorite type of granola! For some tropical flavor, try using Coconut Granola, which is available in both original and organic versions. Those looking for a unique taste might want to reach for our First Date Granola, which has no added sugar.
- Energy bites are great for days on the go: just mix up granola, sweetener and nut butter, and form the mixture into balls. Refrigerate, and then simply grab and go.
- Add granola to your trail mix the next time you need to refuel on an outdoor adventure.
- Take our snack packs with you on busy days. They’re available for all of our granolas, so stock up on your favorites.
- Make a pretty parfait in a mason jar by alternating layers of yogurt, fruit and granola.
- Coat pretzel sticks in frosting or nut butter. Drizzle melted chocolate over that layer. Roll the pretzels in granola. Our Coconut Granola or our Chocolate Granola works well for this.
- Top apple slices with nut butter and granola, such as our Apple Cinnamon Granola.
We hope you enjoy these ideas for different ways to use granola. Be sure to share any other tips, plus photos of how you eat your granola, with us on social media, or email us at [email protected] Thanks to Clare Barboza for the wonderful photos!
Watch how to make these Granola & Yogurt Bowls in 4 different ways!
Personally, I believe that breakfast should be fun, delicious, and insanely nutritious. It’s your kickstart for the day! And, I mean, you guys know me. I’m a breakfast FANATIC.
Every night when I go to bed, I’m already excited for breakfast in the morning. It is my absolute favorite! On the weekends I make a breakfast/brunch treat like these Pecan Pie Pancakes, Gingerbread French Toast, or maybe even Maple Pecan Doughnuts. On weekdays, however, I quickly throw together these Granola & Yogurt Bowls. Not only are they delicious, but they provide vitamins, calcium, protein, healthy carbs, and healthy fats that our bodies desperately need each and every day. Talk about a balanced and delicious breakfast!
Here are 4 ways to create these Granola & Yogurt Bowls!
1.) Raspberry Chocolate Yogurt Bowl
Yogurt + Granola + Raspberries + Chocolate Syrup.
2.) Tropical Yogurt Bowl
Yogurt + Granola + Cantaloupe + Goji Berries + Coconut Shavings.
3.) Triple Berry Yogurt Bowl
Yogurt + Granola + Raspberries + Blackberries + Strawberries.
4.) Peanut Butter & Jelly Yogurt Bowl
Yogurt + Granola + Peanut Butter + Jelly + Strawberries.
Here’s a tip that I’ve recently learned about creating a balanced breakfast bowl (or really any healthy meal): Put as much colorful fruit in there as possible, even if that means using less of each item. Instead of one serving of one type of fruit and one type of nut, create your breakfast bowl with lots of different types of colorful fruit and nuts/seeds! Some of the BEST Granola & Yogurt Bowl additions are:
- Richly colored fruit, such as berries, oranges, cantaloupe, pomegranate, goji berries, kiwi, papaya, watermelon, and pineapple.
- Nuts/seeds, such as pumpkin seeds, walnuts, almonds, and unsalted pistachios.
- Plain greek yogurt, organic milk, soy milk, or almond milk.
- Organic granola, cereal, or oats (or make your own Homemade Granola).
And so much more! You can get as creative as you wish with these Granola & Yogurt Bowls 🙂 And feel free to make them totally Inta worthy! I mean….it’s like food art. It IS food art. Ya with me? That’s what I attempt to do, anyway.
Here’s an easy recipe for Granola & Yogurt Bowls:
5 from 2 votes
Granola & Yogurt Bowls
Because every morning needs to start off with a bang! And these Granola & Yogurt Bowls do just that. So yummy, so delicious, and they each only take about 5 minutes to make! Course: Breakfast Cuisine: American Prep Time: 5 minutes Total Time: 5 minutes Servings: 1 Servings Calories: 308 kcal Author: Christine McMichael
- 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup blueberries
- 1/4 cup raspberries
- 1/2 cup cantaloupe
- 1/2 Tbsp goji berries
- 1/2 Tbsp pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 Tbsp sliced almonds
- 1/2 Tbsp coconut shavings
- 1/4 cup granola
- Place the yogurt in a bowl.
- Add the washed fruit.
- Top with the seeds, nuts, coconut, and granola.
- Serve and enjoy!
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