The benefits of granola, a superfood that has taken the wellness world by storm, are many. And making it a part of your regular diet is super easy too.
With health and wellness becoming a top priority for a lot of people, it is imperative that we are mindful about what we eat. When it comes to breakfast and mid-meal snacking, we might have a multitude of alternatives to choose from but we still find ourselves in a fix looking for easy, guilt-free and versatile options. Enter: granola
Not only is it a convenient and nutritious option, but also satisfies your taste buds with its wholesomeness. The perfect level of crunchiness in granola is brought out with a mix of flavorful nuts, seeds and baked oats that also deliver all the health benefits needed.
What makes granola interesting to incorporate in your diet is also its versatility. In addition to the classic way of consuming granola for breakfast, there are various interesting recipes that you can whip up in no time that make for the perfect snacking option. It is easy to integrate granola to transform your everyday mid-meal snacks into a delicious yet guilt-free indulgence.
For maintaining conscious eating habits as we all chase an active lifestyle, granola should be integrated into your diet.
Here are 5 reasons why granola should be integrated into your diet.
Keeps your gut happier and healthier
The healthy bacteria present in our gut is retained through the prebiotic fibre present in whole grains, which are a part of granola. Whole grains are an extremely rich source of fibre that not only help maintain good bacteria levels, but also aid digestion.
Source of high protein and micronutrients
Granola provides the body with multiple micronutrients such as magnesium, zinc and iron, and serves as a high source of protein. The high density of dried fruits, seeds and nuts provides sufficient protein, making it an ideal post-workout snack.
Here’s a quick post-workout yogurt and dried fruits granola bowl recipe you should consider trying:
Yogurt and dried fruits granola bowl
- ¾ cup granola
- 1 cup fresh and dried fruits of your choice
- ½ cup yogurt
- Sliced and roasted coconut and chia seeds
Place the yogurt in a bowl and add fresh and dried fruits.
Top it with granola, chia seeds and sliced coconut.
Caters to your antioxidants need
As antioxidants are known to boost overall health, some of the antioxidant-rich ingredients of granola help by fighting inflammation and providing gallic acid, quercetin, selenium, vitamin E, etc.
Reduces your cholesterol
Granola is primarily made of oats; a superfood that is rich in beta glucan. Beta glucan is a fibre that is known to reduce total and bad cholesterol levels in your body. Lowering your cholesterol is vital since increased levels can lead to a higher risk of heart diseases.
Provides you with rich dietary fibres
The high content of fibre that comes from oats and whole grains makes one feel full and content for a longer period while also reducing your body’s digestion rate of sugar and carbohydrates, thereby making it the perfect breakfast option.
Here’s a granola breakfast recipe you must try to combat your cravings:
Granola energy bites
- 2 cups granola
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tbsp nut butter
In a large bowl, add the granola, maple syrup and nut butter of your choice.
Mix all the ingredients well and form the mixture into square shapes. Refrigerate them and voila!
By virtue of the benefits it offers, by making granola a part of your life, you’ll definitely take one big step towards living a more active lifestyle. Its versatility enables one to dish out various recipes; thereby making it possible for granola to be a part of your daily diet in different forms, mealtimes and different moods.
The author Purvi Pugalia is the co-founder of Munchilicious Granola.