Do you, take this granola…
Do you ever find yourself to be the kind of person who comes across something great, only to find that everyone else has already known about it for months? Yeah, I’m that way with food. My eating habits are pretty routine – routinely dull. I can eat the same thing for breakfast or for lunch – for weeks. I can read about a cool tip on healthier eating while the rest of the planet says, ‘Really? We’ve been doing that for months. Where exactly have you been?’
Enter three words that are new to my language as I step out of the dark ages: Protein and Greek Yogurt. For the longest time I’ve been hearing the songs of praise from one end of the Internet to the other about the heavenly bliss that is Greek Yogurt. So, right on schedule in the World-of-Ellen, or more realistically speaking, about 8 months later than the cool kids, I decided I’d better find out what all the fuss was about.
My original thought was that since I don’t eat much meat, I should probably incorporate more protein into my diet. Protein used to be high on the diet radar when Atkins was the rage, but then it died down for a while. Now that it’s back in the headlines once again I thought I’d re-educate myself on the benefits of eating more protein. According to WebMD, incorporating more protein into one’s diet will allow for a more satisfied fullness after eating, and for a longer period of time. Protein also aids in tissue repair, and helps build skin, hair, nails and cartilage.
That’s great news and all, but I had no idea how much protein I should be eating a day. One quick Google search later, I found a Protein Calculator (don’t you just love the Internet?) If you want to know how much protein you should be eating a day, click here to find out.
Once I felt educated enough, I decided to go out and buy some new protein-friendly goodies for breakfast. It’s been so flippin’ hot here, my usual steaming bowl of oats now has me running for the hills in retaliation. My mission: go on the hunt for a lo-cal yet satisfying cold breakfast alternative.
I have to say, I can see why Greek Yogurt is all the rage. I bought Stonyfield’s Organic Oikos Nonfat Plain. It has the consistency of sour cream – thick and dreamy. And frankly, I had no idea how much protein is packed in just 5 ounces: 15 grams! The calorie count isn’t too shabby either at only 80 calories. That gives me plenty of wiggle-room to add some granola, and I found the perfect brand after spending 10 minutes looking at the nutritional stats of countless bags in the cereal isle of my grocery store:
Finding a granola with respectable stats is not an easy task. The average granola cereal has anywhere from 200 to 250 calories per half cup (is it me, or is that just insane?) I must confess, I bought this bag solely on the fact that it had the lowest calorie count of the brands offered, and because I could pronounce all of the ingredients. I didn’t expect to fall head over heels, but Erin Baker’s Granola is simply wonderful. It’s not overly sweet, and if you like your granola a bit chewy, you will LOVE this. By the way, Erin Baker did not ask me to endorse this product; I’m simply sharing it with you because I love it enough to want to marry it.
So, what else have I been missing out on? I keep hearing about this really cool movie; it’s called Avatar. Also, there’s some new female pop singer that’s supposedly really popular. Oh, what’s her name….Lady Gaga? ;)