The world of fitness in Pakistan has recently been evolving at a rapid pace and along with weight loss training methodologies and state of the art gym equipment, healthy food products especially organic ones have also made their way into our hypermarkets such as Hyperstar, Green Valley, and Al Fatah. One thing that was a very common trend in the west and has now seeped into Pakistan is the granola eating culture. Granola bars now are widely available in not only these hypermarkets but also in your local grocery stores. While they can easily be classified under the snack category, granola bars are a very common substitute for breakfast, but sometimes are also just munched on in the middle of the day when you may be too occupied with a busy routine to stop by and grab lunch, or just cook.
What is it made of?
Granola is commonly known as a cereal bar since it is considered as breakfast sustenance, as mentioned earlier. It’s basically a nibble nourishment in a five-inch packet comprising a mixture of nuts and oatmeal, wrapped in a honey coating or different sweeteners. At times, it also consists of puffed rice, that is generally heated to the point that it is fresh, toasted, and brilliant darker. Sometimes, for an added flavor, chocolate chips and raisins may also be added (Oh yum!). A majority of the angrez qaum prefers eating granola bars with a bowl of yogurt or a glass of milk, we have been following the same trend.
What can be unhealthy?
When all of the ingredients in a granola bar sound so nutritional and promising, what could possibly go wrong? Here’s when you ask questions like, is it a whole grain granola bar that I’m buying? Is it way too sugary for my diet? Because in all honesty, a vast majority of these bars are basically fatty treats and many are not any more nutritious than sweet treats at a higher cost. Another thing that many of us argue about is the amount of fiber the granolas can provide, whereas the truth remains: your usual bar of granola picked at a grocery store would contain no more than a handful of fibers, not even half of the 30 g intake your body requires daily. At long last, these monetarily made grain bars additionally contain added substances as preserves, in addition to counterfeit color and flavors.
Are there any healthier alternatives?
No doubt, granola bars are super easy to carry around and are an entire meal in themselves leaving you full. You can make them at home! That is one of the greatest things you can treat yourself with if you are a granola fan and yet would like to yield full nutritional benefits from it. Instead of going for packed options under food brands, stick to the basics. It is shockingly hard to discover granola bars that are made with gluten-free oats and are free of nuts, hence when made at home, your special reward would be that you can keep a considerable measure of sugar, fat, and additives like many instant bars do. Include seeds and either dried organic product or chocolate chips for a fantastic crunchy treat.