8.27.2013

Tasty Tuesday ~ Sugar Free Quinoa Granola

Happy Tasty Tuesday Rambles of a SAHM readers! It's Laura from Food Snob St. Louis with the last Tasty Tuesday of August. I cannot believe that fall is approaching so quickly! Fall actually means back to work (part-time) for me. I teach a few classes at a local university, so we are fully in back-to-school mode.

I was at Costco the other day in hopes of finding some quick snacks and things to have on hand since time to cook is a little strained these days. As I wandered the aisles, I started thinking - why are so many of our foods full of empty calories and lack any nutritional value whatsoever. I suppose I've noticed this more now that I am a parent because so many food products marketed to kids have no nutritional value - at least in my opinion. I'm not screaming from the roof tops that I am perfect here by any stretch of the imagination. I've got some personal favorites of food that I would say fall into this category: snow cones, animal crackers, fruit snacks, red licorice and hot tamales . . . just to name a few.

 I don't know why, but the trip to Costco and thought process afterwards led to me make a healthier, more nutrient-rich version of granola. Yogurt is a breakfast staple around here, and I knew I needed to make a batch of granola to top it with, rather than our kid's Cherrio's. I added quinoa to the granola to give it a protein boost and left out all the sugar (unless you count the naturally occurring sugars in dried fruit).

 I could not be happier with my results.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHead on over to Food Snob St. Louis today for the recipe!

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