Until we went artificial-free, I wasn't really a granola fan. Too crunchy or too soft, often tasting of cardboard... Blech! But now that I've had to find alternatives to our favorite "brand name" cereals, most of which contain artificial preservatives (BHA, BHT, or TBHQ,) I've had to give granola another look. And boy have I been pleasantly surprised!
With a large assortment of lightly sweetened and naturally flavored options to choose from, I've found many ways to enjoy eating granola again! I was extremely pleased to find Nature's Hand Granola. I'm not a fan of soft granola, and Nature's Hand didn't disappoint. Pleasantly crunchy and clumpy. And the flavors I chose had nice chewy dried fruit bits too.
Nature's Hand Granola wasn't just yummy for a healthy, low-fat, low-sugar, no-sodium, all-natural granola. It was just plain YUMMY!
My Four Favorite Ways to Enjoy Granola:1. Eat it plain!
2. Eat as a cereal, with milk
3. With yogurt - as a parfait or just a mix-in! Also on ice cream. Same concept.
4. "Apple Sandwiches"
(These certainly aren't the ONLY ways. Here are some yummy-looking recipes. Granola can be a tasty pie or tart topping, with baked apples, etc. But I'm too lazy to cook... )
Mama's "Apple Sandwich"
|Rosemary bread, apple sandwich with PB and Nature's Hand Wild Blueberry granola, salad |
w/cauliflower, broccoli, carrot scraps, golden beet, dried blueberries, sunflower seeds, dressing
To help keep the granola from getting soggy, I spread peanut butter on both slices of apple, to create a barrier.
I think in future I'll pack the ingredients separately and assemble on-site. More fun, and I can fit more apple slices in there!
Layer yogurt (I prefer Greek yogurt,) sliced fresh (or canned) fruit, and granola in alternating layers. DONE! Deeelicious!
Mama's Breakfast On the Go!Nature's Hand Granola in a sealable container and grabbed a yogurt cup. Some of the granola went into my yogurt, but Baby ended up eating most of the yogurt, so I got my granola plain!
Disclaimer: I was given two flavors of Nature's Hand granola to try. They lasted about 5 seconds each! Haha!