I used to be the kid that had to have breakfast rammed down my throat early in the mornings, as mama ran around the kitchen trying to get every one ready for the school/work day ahead and out of the door on time. I was a nightmare; tantrums and sulks were the norm as soon as a bowl of plain corn flakes, or heaven forbid, porridge, was put in front of me. Going to University changed things for me; you start to realise that you can no longer sit through that two-hour 9 am lecture after three hours of sleep the night before and a sorry excuse for a cup of coffee for breakfast.
So in my next grocery shop came a box of Coco Pops and I was living the dream breakfast life (for a student anyway). With the holidays, the prospect of a nice fry up breakfast comes around and believe me, nothing gets me out of bed faster than the smell of toast and fresh coffee in the mornings. Home is a heaven for breakfast deprived students. Not only that I started to also realise that the more I skipped breakfast in the mornings the less I was able to concentrate throughout the day. Adding to that, it was also very distracting because all I would then think about for the rest of the day was food! When they say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, they really aren’t kidding around!
Coming back home for the easter holidays and after a thorough search of the kitchen cupboards I came across some quite pretty looking granola boxes and decided to try it for myself once morning. And boy am I glad I did! It was quite possibly one of the simplest breakfasts to make and I was surprised by how full and awake I felt after a bowl of chocolate granola with greek yogurt and a chopped banana.
Granola is extremely popular for breakfast or even as a snack and with a bucket load of health benefits, it doesn’t come as a surprise! It has the ability to lower cholesterol, regulate digestion, aid in weight loss attempts, improve your heart health, increase energy, prevent anemia and promote proper organ function. Intake of granola also helps to lower blood pressure, increase cognitive activity, improve skin quality, build stronger bones, manage diabetes, stimulate new tissue and hormonal growth.
And it doesn’t have to be boring either! At home, you can combine your granola with yogurt, honey, strawberries, bananas or other fruits and can be mixed in with other cereal to really amp up the nutritional value. So next time you get tempted to chuck a box of Coco Pops into your shopping cart, maybe swap it for a box of granola instead and give it a go!