Key Benefits of Granola + Recipes

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Granola, typically made out of rolled oats, nuts, dried fruits and honey, is a healthy breakfast and snack food suitable for all ages. Granola is often eaten in combination with yogurt, fresh fruits such as bananas and strawberries, or as milk as a form of cereal. It also serves as toppings for desserts such as pastries and ice cream. Granola is also often combined with honey or corn syrup and condensed into a bar for which makes it easy as an on-the-go snack for hiking or other activities.

 

Health benefits

1. Improved Digestion

Granola is commonly consumed by those who want a boost in their fiber intake as it contains both soluble and insoluble fiber. Fiber is an essential part of anyone’s eating habits as it regulates digestion. Soluble fiber is good for alleviating symptoms of constipation while insoluble fiber can harden loosen stools and reduce the occurrence of diarrhoea.

2. Reduced Cholesterol Levels

The soluble fiber in granola reduces harmful cholesterol and promotes the spread of good cholesterol throughout the body. This prevents the development of plaque in the arteries and veins which causes the increase in blood pressure and strain on the cardiovascular system. The nuts in granolas such as almonds and walnuts are great sources of omega 3-fatty acids, which are forms of good cholesterol for the body.

3. Boosted Cognition

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day as it keeps your brain working throughout the day. This is especially true when you incorporate granola into your diet as it reduces the blood pressure in the body as it is high in potassium and low in sodium. When blood pressure is lowered, it stimulates an increased blood and oxygen flow to the brain, hence boosting cognitive function. This shows that granola is an excellent form of “brain food” for your body!

 

Recipes

1. Fruit and Granola Yogurt Parfait

When layered in a glass, a healthy parfait is the perfect grab-and-go breakfast. 

Fruit and Granola Yogurt Parfait

 

2. Granola-Chocolate Bark 

Bark is the easiest chocolate bar you can make. Add in some granola for a nutty bite! 

Granola-Chocolate Bark

 

3. Savoury Sweet Potato Crumble

A hearty sprinkle of organic granola makes this buttery crumble an instant hit at the breakfast (or dinner) table. 

Savoury Sweet Potato Crumble

 

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Jie Yeu