Choose The Right Granola!

Good morning, my friends! Are you perhaps trying to decide what to eat for breakfast, and not just any breakfast but a healthy one? Many of you will say that you don’t have time to prepare those healtylicious meals early in the morning. I would disagree with you and prove that you actually do have time, but only if you have a strong enough desire. For those that really don’t have time, let’s compromise! Cold cereals? Healthy granola?
But what makes cold cereal healthy? Most say they’re healthy on the package, but is it really true?
If we take a closer look, maybe you’ll will be surprised to find out that your favorite morning granola actually isn’t that healthy after all! Not all granola cereals are created the same way and some are healthier than others.
What I know from my own experience is that most of them are full of sugar and high in calories. On the other side, if you search thoroughly enough and try to find the healthier options, I assure you, you will discover them! And even though they might be a little bit more pricy than the sugary ones, trust me, it is worth it !

We all know that breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. Our body needs a healthy balanced breakfast that combines good carbs and fiber with some protein. This kind of balanced breakfast will provide us with energy and it will keep us going until the evening.

My healthy granola choice this time was Lizi’s High Protein Granola. When I read the label “High Protein”, I couldn’t really resist. I was sure I found the right one. Protein intake is very important for me! Not only because I work out and I want to build muscle, but also because protein is crucial for growing youngsters as well as for the elderly who need to protect themselves from muscle loss. A single 50g serving gives 27% of the daily protein needs. It contains vegetable protein, mainly from GM-free soya which makes it suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

I really enjoyed my granola this morning. I sprinkled it on my quinoa smoothie made of frozen berries, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries.

If you want to find your healthy granola then these are the things you should look for when making your decision in the store.

-Check the sugar

Don’t panic! All granola will have some kind of sweetener. Healthier choices would be honey or agave nectar. Less healthy choices would include something like high fructose corn syrup.

– Check the calories

Depending on how much sugar and fat the granola has,  it can have up to 400 calories per serving. The healthier granola, that we are focusing on now is the one with about 200 calories per serving.

– Watch the fat content

We shouldn’t always panic when we see the fat content written on the package, because most of the times it can also come from things like nuts and seeds. Ideally, choose a granola that has about 2-3 grams of fat per serving.

– Oil check

We all know how granola is made! For it to taste better and to be transformed into crunchy muesli that you all love, it needs to be baked (usually with oil).  Many, the ones that you thought were “healthy” granolas, are baked with palm oil, which instantly tells you how unhealthy that granola is. Choose the one that is baked with coconut oil or macadamia oil.

I have one golden rule that I always follow when I go to the store – “if you don’t recognize an ingredient, your body won’t either”. 

One more thing that you should be aware of while indulging in your favorite granola is the serving size. Many people fill one bowl full of granola. I know, I know that it’s tasty, crunchy and makes you enjoy your breakfast. Sorry for revealing this but granola has a serving size of about 1/2 cup. This made me understand that granola is just a healthy decoration, and it should be sprinkled on top. Even if you have found the healthiest granola, eating more than the serving size won’t be a healthy breakfast in the end. And last but not least, if you still struggle to find the perfect granola, you can always make your own! I am about to make one very soon, so stay tuned for the recipe!

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