Most commercial granola seems to have a serving size of a quarter cup. That's a pretty small bowl!
3/9/12 9:09 A
In my experience, granola can vary widely in calorie count and nutritional value because of the amount of sugars that may be used to make it stick together in a granola-like fashion. Otherwise it's a trail mix, you know?
There is a home-made granola that I learned about here, that I can't have more than a tablespoon of with yogurt, because it is so high in sugars. (SOOOO yummy! SOOOO not in my food plan! - but probably great for other people!)
One of the reasons granola is so good for activities such as hiking or camping is because of all the energy packed into a small serving that's easy to carry. Extrapolating from that, a little goes a long way. So unless you know for sure what the nutritional value of your mystery granola is, I'd probably stick with a little bit as a topping for something else, not a whole bowl.
The Bear Naked Fit ganola that I have in my pantry right now is 120 calories for 1/2 cup. It's really love in sugar (3-4 grams), though, considering it has dried fruit in it. I find that granola is a pretty high calorie treat, in general, when store bought. You can probably cut calories by making your own. I'vebeen wanting to try it, but haven't made the attempt yet. I will either eat it plain or mixed in with nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt. I wouldn't eat it as a bowl of cereal simply beause it would either be a rather small bowl for one serving or I'd end up wating 2-3 servings for 300 calories!
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