Healthy Upgrades + Homemade Granola Recipes

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The weekday breakfast is what starts our busy day off on the right, or often totally wrong foot. Most people are rushing out the door & lucky to give their bodies any fuel to power through their mornings. The standard diet is a high carb, high sugar option such as cereal, bagels, pastries & granola. I totally understand the lack of wanting to dedicate much time to dirtying up extra pans. Our brains are on so many to do’s that building the perfectly balanced breakfast isn’t always feasible. While I do suggest some awesome make ahead meals such as a healthy frittata, sometimes you just have to grab what’s on hand & go!

My husband is absolutely one of those people & for years grabbed his individual flavored yogurt, topped it with some pre-packaged granola & quickly consumed on the way out the door. Insert Emma…*evil laugh*…

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Overtime I started to offer him a few simple swaps to upgrade the nutrition he was getting. I knew he would not be on board with adding any more difficulty to his morning routine so instead of aiming for perfection, we aimed for homemade higher quality.

Old Breakfast:

  • 1 Individual Strawberry Chobani:chobani-cacao

140 calories/20g carbs/14g protein/0g fat/19g sugar

  • 1/2c Cherry Vanilla Granola (Back to Nature):

200 calories/38g carbs/5g protein/4g fat/12g sugar

Meal Total = 340 calories/58g carbs/19g protein/4g fat/31g sugar

Current Breakfast:

  • 6oz Plain Whole Milk Greek Yogurt (Atlanta Fresh Local)peanut-butter-yogurt

136 calories/12.5g carbs/16g protein/8g fat/12g sugar

  • 1/2c Homemade Granola (recipe below)

152 calories/23 carbs/4g protein/5.2g fat/7g sugar

Meal Total = 288 calories/35.5g carbs/20g protein/13g fat/19g sugar

Still the same simple breakfast, but with way less sugar & based in single ingredient foods. I buy whole milk yogurt for some healthy fat in the meal & he often include a handful of berries to his bowl. The ingredient list on plain yogurt to the sweetened varieties is WAY shorter, as well as skipping the preservatives from both the yogurt & “healthy” pre-packaged granola.

My easy to make granola recipe is just a few ingredients that can be made in a big batch to last for weeks. Not to mentioned be tweaked to your preferences. You can add in nuts, chia seeds, flax seeds & much more!

Classic Homemade Granola:

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  • Ingredients:

2 cups Old Fashioned Oats (we use gluten free)

2 tbsp coconut oil

1/4c honey or maple syrup (I use 2tbsp honey + 2tbsp maple)

1 tsp salt

1 tsp vanila

  • Directions:

1. Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees & line baking sheet w/ foil.

2. Whisk together coconut oil, honey, salt & vanilla in a bowl.

3. Add oats & stir to coat throughly.

4. Add granola to baking sheet & cook for 30 – 35 minutes or until golden brown, stirring once midway through.

5. Let cool & store in airtight container.IMG_3249

* I have reduced both the oil & honey for a less sweetened version which turned out great. I usually add chopped almonds to this basic mix for extra crunch!

You may not be completey ready to do a full pantry clean, ditch every food habit you’re attached to or strive to be the next healthy iron chef. BUT that doesn’t mean that the small upgrades over time won’t add up! Change your mindset to view it as what nutrition can you ADD to your meals, instead of what has to be taken away!

Small changes over time creates consistency. Consistency trumps perfection every time!

What’s one staple in your diet you KNOW is not ideal but need help to upgrade? Let me know so we can troubleshoot it together! Leave me a comment or email me at: emma@healthybalancewithemma.com

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