Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Gluten-Free Tuesday: New Healthy Snack!

One of my absolute favorite foods to snack on is granola (ask any of my friends... especially if they tell me they want to start eating healthier. My first response is an emphatic "EAT GRANOLA!!!"). It's easy to make (or buy) and you can use it in a variety of ways. Eat it by itself, as a cereal, add it to yogurt, make it into bars or use it in an ingredient in your cooking.

Granolas can be pretty high in fat and/or sugar, so make sure to check the ingredients! Avoid the granolas with lots of added sugar, chocolate, and oil. The benefits of good granola greatly outweigh the negatives, however. Consuming granola gives your body lots of fiber and, usually, antioxidants; it also very "heart healthy" and can aid in lowering cholesterol and preventing diseases. Make sure to stick to natural/organic granolas- these tend to have less of the "bad" sugars and ingredients. Still read the ingredients!

This past week, we started carrying Chappaqua Crunch Granola! Chappaqua granolas are not only gluten-free, but also boast containing significantly less sugar (and fat) than most granolas available. We have them in three different flavors and they are absolutely delicious! I can't wait to munch on some today!

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