Granola is one of those go to snacks that is easy, tastes yummy and is perfect when on the go. Unfortunately, thanks to our standard American diet most of the granola our there is junk. Many are full of refined sugar, GMO ingredients, food additives and dried fruits grown with pesticides and herbicides.
Seriously, the added gunk in our food is just lame. Even “natural” and sometimes organic are guilty of packing foods with unnecessary additives and sugar.
A quick sugar lesson…the World Health Organization lowered sugar intake recommendation in 2014 from 10% of your daily intake to 5%. For adults with a normal BMI, daily sugar intake should be about 6 teaspoons or 25 grams.
To put this in perspective, granola bars like Kashi, Natures Valley or Quaker have about 6 grams of sugar per bar. One Honest juice pouch has 9 grams of sugar, but if a kiddo has two of those then their sugar intake has quickly jumped from 15 grams to 24 grams and that is for only one snack and two drinks! At the end of the day kids are consuming sugar and processed foods at an alarming rate.
After my son was born I started to focus more and more on removing processed foods from our diet. In an ideal world I would make everything from scratch and only shop the perimeter of the grocery store, but life with an active toddler doesn’t afford me endless amounts of free time.
The two things I do pay very close attention to are nutrition and ingredient labels. Read and understand what is in your food and the food that your child eats daily. It’s incredibly important, but definitely don’t stress yourself out about it. Moderation is key…we can all splurge with a cupcake from time to time.
As I was perusing my Pinterest for some healthy snack ideas I found these Grain Free Granola Balls whipped up by The Loser Sister. I couldn’t wait to make them, first, because the ingredients are super simple and easy to substitute what you have on hand, and second, because measuring, mixing and stirring are things Little C can help me with. Anytime I can get C in the kitchen with me we’re both happy!
I followed the recipe with the exception of changing up the nuts, seeds, dried fruits and molding the granola into bites instead of balls.
If you’re looking for an easy to make snack that isn’t packed with refined sugar and also offers a gluten free options for those who need it, I highly recommend making these yummy bites!
Thanks Jessie for the delish recipe! It’s a new favorite in my house. 🙂