Today’s Real Foodie is nutritionist, recipe developer and food blogger Lauren Kelly. As a mom of three busy and always hungry little boys, Lauren believes it is important to feed them quality, real food. For her, granola is a great example:
“Granola is one of those products that is incredibly healthy and so easy to make at home. Many of the store bought granolas are filled with extra processed sugars, high fructose corn syrup, additives and preservatives. Making your own granola at home takes the guess work out of figuring out what's in the store-bought ones. You control the ingredients. And with your granola containing quinoa (high in protein), 100% maple syrup (least refined sugar), coconut oil (filled with good for you, heart-healthy fats) and raw nuts (also filled with heart healthy fats , protein and fiber) you can enjoy this guilt-free. Make sure you use unsweetened dried fruits. Many of the ones in grocery stores contain unnecessary, added sugars. They are naturally sweet already! Many people focus of calories, fat and protein, but people also need to be aware of the quality of their ingredients. I try to eat as many whole, unprocessed foods as I can and that is why I like to make many of my meals from scratch. This granola is a perfect healthy breakfast or snack and no one could ever tell just how healthy it is!”
Here’s Lauren’s recipe for Gluten Free Quinoa Granola. Watch out, it is SUPER addicting!
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