Upgrade your granola!
Well the kids are back at school, I’m back at work and life is speeding by at 100mph again.
I don’t miss running a 24-hour kitchen but oh my goodness, I miss the slower start in the morning. I seem to spend the first hour of my day yelling SHOOOOOOOES! WATER BOTTLE! and (insert child-friendly expletive) FACE MASK!!! at the top of my lungs.
We do this EVERY day. Why is it so hard?!
I know there are some parents out there who have leaving the house down to a fine art. I see some women driving to school serenely, windows down, arm casually resting on the ledge, singing a little tune…. I am not one of them. I’m usually trying to cool down the fluster with the AC on max and throwing a hairbrush into the back.
However, no matter what the rush, the kids will have been fed. Maybe the serene people don’t do that? There are smoothies and scrambled eggs and, occasionally even a freshly baked croissant (fancy!). Sometimes it’s cereal or just an organic cheese stick with an apple. All I know is that my children are dangerous animals when they haven’t been fed, so it’s priority number one.
One of the easiest things to make them is a yoghurt/granola cup but it’s really easy for the sugar to add up. If you use vanilla or fruity yoghurt you’ll have about 5 to 6 teaspoons of sugar present before you’ve added any granola at all. Kids shouldn’t be having any more than 6 teaspoons of sugar a day (max!) but it’s easy to get there in one serving of yoghurt. And that’s before the cookies, juice and any other sweet stuff that creeps in - not to mention hidden sugars in bread, pasta sauce and even on potato chips!
So to upgrade your granola cup, make sure you use plain Greek yoghurt, preferably organic. If you want or need to be dairy-free, then try the Co-yo or Coconut Collaborative plain yoghurt. From there, pick a granola with less than 6g sugars per serving (some of the KIND options will work well here) or try using the Holy Crap cereal! Holy Crap is a chia-based “cereal” that’s packed full of Omega 3 and includes some protein too. We like the blueberry-apple one and it’s perfect with plain yoghurt. Add some berries too for an extra dose of antioxidants (fresh is great but frozen is totally fine too).
I also bake cookies with the Holy Crap cereal (see social media) and it’s good in pancake batter too. Find it on the shelves at Miles. You can also buy the Nature’s Path Qi’a version at most grocery stores islandwide. Enjoy!
Catherine Burns is a qualified nutritional therapist. For more details: www.natural.bm, 505-4725, Natural Nutrition Bermuda on Facebook and @naturalbda on Instagram