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BetterOats® is owned by Post, the third largest cereal company in the United States – a corporation better known as the maker of Honey Combs, Alpha-Bits, Fruity Pebbles, and Raisin Bran. In an effort to capture the more health conscious market (and for this the company should be commended), BetterOats® has recently introduced an unsweetened instant multigrain hot cereal made with seven ingredients: Read more
Not all granola is created equal.
When I hear the word “buckwheat,” I am reminded of “The Little Rascals” and “Our Gang” – the popular short films about a group of neighborhood kids (Spanky, Alfalfa, Chubby, Breezy, Darla, Stymie, and of course, Buckwheat), their dog (Pete), and beloved teacher (Miss Crabtree) that was filmed in the 1930’s and enjoyed syndication on television for decades after.
But, buckwheat is actually a very popular food in Russia and China (owing to its short growing season) that serves as a staple similar to quinoa in Peru, rice in Asian countries, and corn in Latin America. Many Americans think buckwheat belongs to the wheat family, as its name suggests but buckwheat is a gluten-free seed packed with protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals. And, therefore a perfect ingredient for granola. Read more
The granola section in many grocery stores is starting to look like the cereal aisle of a Grand Union circa 1980 but instead of cereal, the shelves are filled with every type of granola known to mankind. Most people are thrilled with all the new choices of this traditional breakfast food though there are some naysayers who claim the last thing we need is another artisan granola. Not so and I’ll tell you why. Read more
There are few cereals in the supermarket that contain no added sugar or salt and there are only a handful of cereals that contain two organic ingredients: gluten-free thick cut old-fashioned rolled oats and milled flax seeds. Of course, these two ingredients can be purchased separately and mixed together (make sure to store milled flax seed in the refrigerator to prevent spoilage) but when time is a factor, consider Dr. McDougall’s Right Foods Milled Flax No Sugar No Salt Thick Cut Organic Old Fashioned Oatmeal (that’s a mouthful) for a nutritious and delicious breakfast cereal. Read more
Soul Sprout Granola Bars are nutritionally dense snacks made with a base of 12 ingredients:
- Four organic sprouted items: oat groats, buckwheat groats, millet, and almonds
- Four organic raw seeds: sunflower, pumpkin, chia, and flax
- Organic coconut syrup
- Organic cinnamon
- Organic sunflower lecithin
- Sea salt
McDougall’s Right Foods is a California-based family business committed to making delicious, convenient, and natural food products that are also healthy, affordable, low in fat, completely plant-based, and sustainably packaged. Certified non-GMO, organic, vegan, and gluten-free, McDougall’s Organic Superfood Hot Cereal Variety Pack contains two varieties of breakfast (or snack) food that have a foundation of oats: Read more
Introducing the Functional Granola Bar.
From March 10-17, Purely Elizabeth of granola fame is selling a Wellness Bar Sampler Pack which contains 5 bars for $9.99. These bars are made with Purely Elizabeth award-winning Ancient Grain Granola and are certified organic, gluten-free, vegan, and non-GMO project verified. As with every Purely Elizabeth product, you can trust the ingredients which are always of the highest quality with no added sugar, artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. Read more
Look no further than Lancaster, Pennsylvania where organic, non-GMO whole grain flakes are packaged for Shiloh Farms.
Spelt, barley, and kamut flakes look remarkably similar to rolled oats but have subtle nutty flavor differences which can liven up and energize a variety of breakfast and snack foods. Delicious alone or combined with each other and oats, whole grain flakes make a nutritious and delicious hot cereal or mid-morning pick-me-up. Simply cook according to the package directions (5-20 minutes) or add as is to a homemade muesli recipe (click here for a fantastic not too sweet muesli recipe). Read more
Oatmeal is oatmeal, right? Well…..not exactly. The quality and the texture (whole grain is better than quick cooking) of the oats matters because flavor counts but it is virtually impossible to look at oats and assess the flavor. You have to read reviews and try various brands until you find the flavor you want..and, then you have to master the cooking part.
Most people cook oats with water – which produces a somewhat bland tasting oatmeal unless you are the lucky owner of some serious oats like Cayuga Pure Organics Erick’s Rolled Oats or Anson Mills). If you can’t get your hands on one of those bags, then consider Bob’s Red Mill Organic Oats – a 32 ounce bag is about $5 at grocery stores nationwide…but don’t use water. Read more
Most granola contains added oil and sweeteners so it’s really important to read the label to know what’s in the food you’re eating. At the top of the list of ingredients to avoid are refined sugars and oils with saturated fat (note: there are two types of fat: saturated and unsaturated and within unsaturated there are two subgroups: polyunsaturated and monounsaturated). Unsaturated fats – both poly (i.e. sunflower oil, safflower oil, nuts and seeds) and mono (i.e. olive oil, walnut oil, canola oil, peanut butter) – are a better choice in moderation than saturated fats (i.e. butter, palm oil). Read more