These days, granola is often thought of in health conscious crowds as more of a junk food than a health food.
And for good reason: most of the granola you buy in the store is loaded with sugars and added sweeteners, and is essentially just a higher calorie version of the standard junk cereal.
But granola doesn’t have to be bad for you—with the right ingredients, granola can be a healthy option on days when you just need something quick and don’t feel like making protein pancakes or oatmeal.
There are two keys to making granola a sensible breakfast or snack option: be aware of your portion sizes and pair it with protein.
Most granolas have a portion size of 1/4 to 1/3 cup—and this one is no exception. It’s dense with nutrients though and includes healthy fats, which will both help fill you up faster and keep you feeling full longer.
Adding protein to your meal will add to that feeling of fullness, as well as help keep your muscles fed and happy and keep you lean and fit. Greek yogurt, eggs, and protein powder (in a smoothie maybe) are all good choices to have with your granola.
Ok, now for how to actually make this really yummy coconut chia granola: