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The truth about granola
Don't you love granola for breakfast, granola bars for a snack, and those fun little granola parfaits you can get at fast food restaurants anytime? So wholesome right? Well, actually not. Despite its healthy image, some store-bought granola is so loaded with fat and calories it makes our list of 25 Fattening Foods You Should Never Eat. The solution? Make your own low-sugar, low-fat granola, breakfast bars and parfaits and pair it with fat-free fruit and Greek yogurt. Here are some of our favorite recipes!
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Wholesome Morning Granola
This delicious, crunchy granola is sweetened with fruit juice, honey and natural sugars (you control the sweetness) and packs a whopping 5.6 grams of fiber per serving. We toss in dried blueberries but it tastes just as good with raisins or any dried fruit. Make it in large batches to use in other recipes or give as a housewarming gift.
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Yogurt Breakfast Bowl
Indian spices and freeze-dried fruit make this low-fat breakfast full of surprising flavors and crunch. Greek yogurt delivers 11 grams of protein, double what you'd get from a regular granola parfait, as well as calcium and vitamin D.
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Granola with Pecans, Pumpkin Seeds and Dried Mango
Possibly the easiest granola recipe ever created, this version is perfect for beginners, with a 5-minute prep time and mix-and-match ingredients. This incredibly crispy and hearty cereal gets its fabulous flavor from chopped dried mango, pumpkin seeds, and pecans.
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Yogurt Crunch Parfait
Granola is the perfect excuse to sneak our favorite source of monounsaturated healthy fat, pumpkin seeds, into breakfast. Pumpkin seeds not only add texture, but essential minerals such as iron, zinc, and magnesium, too! Antioxidant-rich cantaloupe and blueberries add juice, sweetness, and color.
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Almond Cereal Bars
Cereal bars aren’t usually a dieter's best friend. These are the exception. At only 144 calories each, they pack fiber, vitamin C, and loads of sweet and tart fruit flavor. We love to make them in large batches, then individually wrap them in plastic and freeze. Yum!
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Greek Yogurt Sundae
Stock up on Greek yogurt, your own homemade granola and fresh fruit and you can enjoy this fat-burning breakfast every morning. Yes, it looks like a sundae, so you can also enjoy it for dessert. Here's how to make it: In a bowl, layer 1 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt with 1/2 cup granola and 1 cup sliced kiwifruit. Sprinkle with a dash of nutmeg.
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Have you ever noticed how expensive store-bought granola can be? This delicious, nutty version can be made at home for pennies, and it's packed with energizing dried fruit, fiber, and unsaturated fats. Add low-fat Greek yogurt and it's a meal!
Try this recipe: Everyday Granola
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Greek Yogurt Fruit Parfait
Every layer of this skinny parfait, from the cereal to the Greek yogurt to fresh fruit, is filled with energizing nutrients and flavor. With a whopping 23 grams of protein, this amazing breakfast will keep your metabolism humming all day.
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Granola Yogurt Parfait
Parfaits are so inviting they're hard to resist, and this one happens to be super healthy too. You can use your favorite fruit-flavored Greek yogurt to make this delicious breakfast, but if you go for plain instead you'll save 70 calories. Here's how to make it: Layer 6 ounces plain fat-free Greek yogurt with 2/3 cup granola mixed with 1/2 cup puffed wheat cereal or granola, and 1 cup sliced fruit.
Jamie's Easy Granola
This easy granola recipe, created by Jamie Oliver, one of our favorite celebrity chefs, tosses together quick-cooking oats, mixed nuts, lot of high-fiber seeds and shredded coconut. Feel free to mix and match the ingredients to suit your taste. Try serving with low-fat milk or yogurt for a quick breakfast or a snack.
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Maple Date-Nut Oatmeal Breakfast Squares
These delicious granola bars are almost foolproof to make. They are packed with heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, fiber, and a deep maple flavor. Eat one every morning to satisfy your sweet tooth and keep you energized all day.
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Parfaits are a fun way to mix up your breakfast or snack routine. This recipe has layers or tart kiwi, loaded with vitamin C, protein-packed Greek yogurt, crunchy, heart-healthy walnuts, and apple and apricot flavors. Sprinkle a little homemade granola on top for amp up the crunch and fiber.
Try this recipe: Waldorf Parfaits