Adding a small amount of crunchy, slightly sweet granola to your yogurt is so delicious. Still, you don't always have time to make it yourself. So, how do you choose healthy granola from your grocery store?
Here are a few pointers to help you make the right choice..
The list of ingredients
Granola is generally made up of different cereal grains, including oats and one or more fats, sugar, dried fruit and nuts/seeds. The main drawback with commercial versions is the low quality of the ingredients. It is crucial to choose a product with whole grains and nuts/seeds as first ingredients. Also, select a product that contains quality fats such as olive oil or canola oil. Coconut fat is rich in saturated fats, while palm oil is often refined and not very eco-friendly. Finally, you must try to limit the consumption of food additives. To do this, nothing is better than a list of simple ingredients. Low-processed foods are unquestionably a good ally for your health!
The main advantage of adding granola to yogurt is that it allows you to add fibre to your diet because of its content of cereal grains, nuts/seeds and dried fruit. Thus, on the Nutrition Facts Table, you should select a product that contains at least 5 g of fibre per 50 g serving, or about 20% of the Daily Value.
One of the advantages of making your own granola is that you can reduce the amount of sugar you add to the mix. Indeed, as you know, the industry likes to put vast amounts of sugar in its products, and granola is no exception! To choose a tasty, nutritious and healthy mix, aim for less than 5 to 7 g of sugar per 50 g serving. It is usual for granola to contain more than 7 g of carbohydrates per portion; after all, it is mainly composed of oats! Watch out for added sugars because that's where the quality of the product shows!
These criteria should help you make an informed choice. That said, it is always better to opt for homemade products rather than buying a commercial product. That's why I challenge you to try this simple homemade granola!
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