If you’re stuck in a breakfast rut, consider adding granola to your lineup. According to Livestrong.com, granola can help lower your cholesterol and possibly prevent cancer and heart disease. Granola is also a good source of fiber – you can get about 4 grams from just 1/3 cup of granola! Fiber is a key component of regulating your digestive system and preventing constipation. Bonus: it also helps control blood sugar and makes you feel fuller longer.
Eating granola also helps your body get the beneficial fats that it needs. One serving of granola contains about 4 grams of monounsaturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids, both of which can reduce inflammation and boost brain function. More moms are encouraging their families to consume grain-free diets as part of a Paleolithic lifestyle. When you cut grains out of your diet, you can help fight autoimmune disease, boost mental health, and reach your fitness goals.
The next time you’re in the mood to make a healthy snack, consider this grain-free granola recipe, courtesy of Mother Earth Living:
Grain-Free Granola Recipe
You’ll need the following ingredients:
- 1 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup ground flax seeds
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/3 cup raw honey
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1 cup coconut flakes
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon powder
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. Put the ingredients a bowl and thoroughly mix. Make sure that the honey is evenly distributed in the bowl.
3. Spread the mixture in a thin layer on a baking sheet.
4. Bake for 10 minutes or until the coconut flakes start to brown.
5. Store the granola by putting it in a brown bag or glass jar.
This is the perfect after-school snack for kids to hold them over until dinner. You can also pack it in their lunch kits as an excellent school snack.
Is your family crazy for granola?