By Emily McLaughlin
My love affair started as a child when I would have a granola bar as an afternoon snack or treat after dinner. This obsession evolved when I came to college and was introduced to the wonderful world of the dining commons; I would have yogurt topped with fruit and granola cereal… every day. Now that I have moved out of the dorms and nixed my meal plan, I am on my own in terms of finding the perfect granola. I have stumbled upon a few different, tasty brand, but I would have to say that my favorite thing to do is scoop my own or bake my own.
In the organic section in Stop & Shop, you can find a number of great brands of granola or , even better, you can scoop your own from their choices. There are a great variety including granola-nut mixes, granola with dried fruit, or just plain ol’ granola. Scooping your own can save you some money and some calories–so try it out next time you go shopping.
Granola is an extremely versatile source of carbohydrates. You can eat it as cereal, pair it with yogurt or cottage cheese, make granola bars or add it to your trail mix.
Remember to watch your portion size as well as the fat and sugar content in your granola. Some brands sneak in extra sugars, which may lead you to eat more than you intended. Also, aim for buying granola that is made from whole grains; this way, you will be full after eating a small portion.