Homemade granola is my constant…I add it into my yogurt, grab handfuls, bring it on hikes, and share it with friends. So, whats in my granola? Once I started to go through the ingredients, I began to doubt that what I make is really called granola, yet its not trail mix, maybe its a glorified cereal? However, the definition of granola is: A mixture of grains, dried fruits, nuts, and/or seeds, toasted and eaten as cereal or snack. Its granola after all!

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The short of it: buy what you like from bulk bins at a natural food store and mix it all up.

granola label

Makes about ten 1 cup servings, ~200 calories per serving.

The long of it: Most grains, seeds, nuts, and dried fruit are packed with nutrients so as long as you get  a variety there’s no wrong way to mix it. Here’s a look at the nutrients I get every single day:

Organic Kamut Puffs (kah-moot)- The puffs are light (duh) and slightly sweet, almost caramel-ly but with no added sugar or salt. kamutThe kamut kernel is several times larger than the more commonly used wheat kernel and is nutritionally superior with 20–40% more protein, higher in lipids, amino acids, vitamins and minerals.

Organic Multigrain Cereal – made with a blend of wheat, barley, quinoa, spelt and just lightly sweetened with honey. Contains 5 grams of fiber per serving and most importantly adds a crunch to the mix.natures path cereal

Almonds – high in monounsaturated fats which have been associated with reduced risk of heart disease. Good dose of magnesium (improves the flow of blood, oxygen and nutrients throughout the body) and potassium (mineral that is essential for maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function)

Cashews – lower in fat that other nuts, promotes good cardiovascular health (see almonds)

Walnuts – Excellent source of omega-3 essential fatty acids (a fat that the body cannot make), which promotes cardiovascular healthy, better cognitive function, and anti-inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, and eczema. Wow. mixed nuts

Rolled Oats – remove cholesterol from the digestive system that would otherwise end up in the bloodstream

Dried Cherries – high level of antioxidants, which may prevent cancer, aging, and heart disease

Apricot -Contains antioxidants, particularly good source of Vitamin A and beta-carotene to promote good vision

Dates – Its nature’s candy…need I say more? I will because dates contain oil, calcium, sulphur, iron, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, copper and magnesium. They are a powerhouse all on their own. A date a day for all…

apricotsGinger – Effective digestive aid

Sunflower Seeds – Contains antioxidants, particularly good source of Vitamin E which neutralizes free radicals

Pumpkin Seeds – good source of the minerals including magnesium, manganese, and phosphorus 

So get to your natural food store and make the bins your adult version of a candy store. Its cheaper, healthier, and made for you, by you.

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