How to Buy the Healthiest Granola

By: Lisa Valente, M.S., R.D.  |  Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Granola’s health halo can be well deserved; after all, it’s made with whole oats, nuts and dried fruit and most brands have 3 grams of fiber per ¼-cup serving. But they can be high in sugar and calories. Here’s how to pick the healthiest and tastiest.
Sugar Smarts: Almost all granolas have some sugar—it’s one reason they’re so yummy. Look for one with no more than 6 grams per ¼ cup.
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Check the Calories: Granolas pack around 100-130 calories in a small 1/4-cup serving. That’s about twice what you’ll find in many cereals. So keep serving size in mind and try just a bit of granola on top of yogurt or ricotta with lots of fruit. If you like granola with milk, bulk up your bowl with fruit or mix in another lower-calorie cereal.
Brands We Like:
• Whole Foods 365 Organic Fruit & Nut Granola
• Kind Oats & Honey Clusters
• Purely Elizabeth Blueberry Hemp
• Back to Nature Classic
• Bear Naked Maple-Icious Pecan
• Love Grown Foods Apple Walnut Delight
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