Granola used to be one of those foods, like yogurt, that you could only find in health food stores where earthy, health-conscious people shopped. Fortunately, now granola is mainstream. Not only does every grocery store sell it, but they also carry all kinds of flavors and varieties, with additions such as fruit, spices, nuts, flax, chocolate, honey and more.
Granola is great on its own as a breakfast cereal, but its also fun to sprinkle over yogurt to add a little crunch, to mix with dried fruits for a midday snack, or to just eat right out of the bag for an anytime snack.
Bare-bones granola is basically oats, with perhaps some nuts and sweetener, toasted until crunchy. Muesli contains similar ingredients, but its not toasted and has a chewier texture. Oats, nuts, seeds and dried fruits can add important nutrients to your diet, including heart-healthy soluble fiber, protein, vitamins, minerals, healthy fats and phytochemicals (plant compounds with health-protective activities).
But many supermarket granolas and muesli have extra ingredients that contribute to high fat and/or high sugar contents.
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