With National Granola Bar day coming up on January 21st, we thought we would dive into a couple quick facts and figures about the beloved granola bar. Granola and granola bars are a go-to snack for hikers and surfers alike here in Hawaii. Not only are we used to the granola bars in the store, but we are also big fans of granola on top of our favorite local treat, an acai bowl.
Granola is a very popular breakfast and snack item that has a ton of health benefits. Generally, granola and bars are made up primarily of rolled oats (oat groats that have been pressed flat and steamed), nuts, puffed rice, sometimes berries, and honey. Granola is known for its versatility and can be used in yogurt, shakes, and baking.
Why are we telling you all of this? Because granola is PACKED with nutritional value. One of the best health benefits of granola is the fiber. Granola is an amazing digestive aid because it contains soluble and insoluble fiber. Fiber is what makes your intestines and digestive tract run smoothly. This fiber can aid in indigestion and even decrease the chances of having a heart attack by improving heart health!
Granola bars is also an awesome complex carb that can help aid in weight loss. Because plain granola has very little sugar and sodium, it’s a great snack full of fiber to help you feel full. This means that granola and bars both can help reduce your appetite AND reduce your cholesterol. Although these benefits are great, not all granola bars and granola are your best bet.
The most important thing to look for when purchasing granola bars is the sugar content. Often times, granola bars can range anywhere from 3grams-10grams of sugar in every bar. This is almost half of your recommended value in one little bar or handful of granola. Brands like Chewy, market towards kids and parents alike, while packing 7grams of sugar into one of the smallest granola bars on the market. Look for bars that have less than 5grams of sugar and are packed with extra fiber or more superfoods like chia seeds, flax seeds, and higher protein levels. For some healthier granola bar options, click here! If you’re looking for a low sugar option for loose granola, it can be difficult. One of the best options is to make your own at home. Pinterest is full of recipes like this one that show you how to make your own healthy alternative granola.
Here at Oahu Spine & Rehab, we hope you have a happy and healthy National Granola Bar Day on January 21st, here in Kailua. Our mission is to provide the highest quality of care to as many people as we can, and we are here to do that on Oahu. Give us a call today to make an appointment at 488-5555.