Is granola healthy? This is a question I am often asked by my clients.
As with all foods, it’s important to consider the quality of ingredients, nutritional profile and the quantity you consume. While many products will make health claims, by reading the nutritional labels, you’ll find that there are many brands of granola that are high in sugar and contain some not-so-great ingredients. If you whip up a yogurt parfait by pairing a sugary granola with sweetened yogurt and fruit, you could be looking at hefty serving of sugar for breakfast! So how do you know if your granola is healthy?
The first thing you want to do is read the list of ingredients. Do you recognize them? Can you pronounce them?
Next you’ll want to check the amount of sugar. As a general rule of thumb, I’d opt for under 7g of sugar for a 1/3 cup serving. Keep in mind that serving sizes will vary.
Since granola tends to be calorie-dense, I suggest making granola an accompaniment to your meal/snack rather than making it the star of the show, as would be the case with cereal. Add a little granola on your yogurt, on top of a smoothie or have a small handful for a quick snack.