NEWS FLASH! Snacking is where many consumers get their calories according to NHANES data (1). For some, eating snacks during the day can be a not so healthy thing to do, but it's actually good for your body! Instead of eating a big deli sandwich or a chicken caesar salad, try snacking throughout the day so you don’t over indulge waiting for your lunch break.
Something simple and delicious to make is granola! Granola can be made with many ingredients and can be sweet, savory, salty or as crunchy as you like. My granola is made with my favorite ingredients: shredded coconut, chia seeds and honey! This is the perfect snack and it goes well with Greek yogurt, cottage cheese or in a bowl with milk.
Kelly's Classic Granola
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup sunflower seed kernels
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 4 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well.
- Spread mixture evenly onto a baking sheet. Bake in the oven until crispy and toasted, about 30 minutes. Stir every 10 minutes to evenly bake granola.
- Remove from oven and let cool. Serve and enjoy!
What's your favorite granola combination?
SOURCE: What We Eat in America, NHANES 2007-2008, Day 1 dietary intake data, weighted; MyPyramid Food Intake Patterns available a thttp://www.mypyramid.gov/downloads/MyPyramid_Food_Intake_Patterns.pdf [accessed July 16, 2014].