As always, mom was right. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But choosing what to eat in the morning can be difficult. There are so many options out there, some unhealthy, and some cleverly packaged as healthy. Really, what is healthy and convenient?
Carefully chosen granola is a simple, well-rounded breakfast that’s perfect for starting your day out right, filling and healthy.
The many health benefits of granola
So what are the health benefits of adding granola to your breakfast?
Breakfast is the meal that sets the stage for your day. According to Christen Cooper, MS, RD of Cooper Nutrition, “aim to eat about 25 percent of your daily calorie intake at breakfast so you’re not starving by noon.” She also states: “The important thing to keep in mind is that foods should be a good blend of high protein, fiber, and some carbohydrates.”
Gluten free vegan granola is very fibrous
Fortunately, the single 2.5 oz. serving bags of Nora’s Kitchen gluten free vegan granola provides all of the things Christen Cooper said goes in a solid breakfast. First, our granola contains 8 grams of fiber per serving, which is about a quarter of your daily intake. Fiber contains a plethora of vitamins and minerals including sodium, potassium, zinc, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, and iron. Vitamins include vitamin E, vitamin C, niacin, and thiamine. The iron helps combat anemia, the vitamin E helps with sunburns, anti-aging, heart health, and overall circulation and Zinc is a great immune booster! Granola is also a hefty source of manganese, which is an antioxidant that specializes in inhibiting the formation of cancer. It works by reducing the levels of by-product, free-radical cells that come from your metabolic processes. These free radical cells have a much higher chance of mutating and metastasizing into cancerous ones. In the end, eating antioxidant rich granola reduces your chances of cancer, heart disease, and more.
Fiber smooths things out
Fiber helps regulate digestion by smoothing out hard stools, and thickening the runny ones. Eating fiber rich granola also helps keep your heart healthy by lessening overall cholesterol levels, which can lead to a bevy of issues like heart attack, and stroke. Fiber also promotes the feeling of fullness after a meal. The grains absorb water and expand in your stomach while inhibiting the release of ghrelin (also known as the “hunger hormone”), which triggers your hunger response. This feeling of fullness without actually being full is a great way to lose weight, or keep the weight off!
Nora’s Kitchen Granola also contains 11 grams of protein per serving which is about 20% of what you need every day. We’ve mentioned before how your body uses protein to build and repair muscles. Protein also is used to make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals required for optimal bodily function.
Did you say healthy fats?
Another health benefit of our vegan gluten free granola is that it provides a good source of healthy fats from the nuts, seeds, and oils in the recipe. Our gluten free vegan granola uses pistachios, pumpkin seeds, almonds, and olive oil as the main source of these polyunsaturated fats. Harvard Health published that healthy fats are a major source of energy as well as helping you absorb vitamins and minerals more efficiently.
There are so many important health benefits of adding granola to your breakfast, especially because of how customizable it is. Fruits, nuts, yogurt, and berries are excellent toppings, perfect for people who need variety in their breakfasts. We suggest adding blueberries and raspberries for their antioxidants, and a milk alternative for even more beneficial protein. As far as efficiency, ease, tastiness, and nutrition goes, Nora’s Kitchen Granola has it all.