The Ultimate Granola Summer Guide

Hopefully the sun will start to peek out from behind the clouds and summer will be officially on its way.  Here is our ultimate summer guide to granola.

Breakfast Boost

Everyone needs a good pick me up in the mornings to kick start the body and mind. The vast majority of us could all do with a little more time but when you’ve got a busy day ahead, whether that’s work, getting the kids ready for school, running errands and meeting appointments, you need something that’s nutritious, packed with energy inducing goodness and above all, deliciously tasty.

It’s been said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but if you find yourself short on time in the early hours of the morning, then you need something that’s quick and easy to prepare. Follow this simple granola smoothie recipe to give you that much needed boost to tackle whatever the day may throw at you.

Five-minute Banana Granola Smoothie

Packed with super healthy ingredients, designed to keep you feeling full for longer and perfect for a mid morning pick me up.

Ingredients;

  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup granola
  • 1 cup crushed ice

Prep - using a blender, pop in all of the above and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass or for on the go, pour into your smoothie bottle.

Healthy snacks

Healthy eating for the family is more than just a trend, it’s now a necessity. No-one can deny the importance of your five a day. The key is to keep it simple and to keep food prep to a minimum, to allow you to spend quality time as a family, doing the things you love.

Let your little ones tuck into a healthy day time snack of granola, yoghurt and fruit. Put a dollop or two of natural yoghurt into a bowl, chop up strawberries, banana and pineapple, place on top and then sprinkle with crunchy granola. For a little sweet kick, add a couple of teaspoons of honey. Extremely simple, but a very quick and easy way of keeping their hunger at bay.

Crunchy Cheesecake

A retro dessert, but tastes utterly scrumptious and suitable for celiacs as its made with JustLive a Little Gluten free granola . The perfect ending to a Sunday lunch or a midweek treat, the cheesecake is traditionally made with a biscuit base. Ramp up your homemade cheesecake recipe and add a little crunch with a tasty granola base layer.

Ingredients

For the granola base:

  • ¾ cup Just Live a Little Triple gluten free rolled oats
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup

For the cheesecake filling:

  • 4 ounces light cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ·Fresh mixed berries, to top the cheesecakes

Granola on the go

Busy days can often lead to poor food choices. The irony is that when our schedule is packed full with to-do’s and appointments, we need all the energy we can get. However, when the hunger pangs kick in, it’s very easy to reach for the most convenient and often unhealthiest option.

Luckily we have the solution with our Granola on the go pots. Simply add yoghurt or milk and eat at your desk.  when you only have minutes to spare.

Picnic Treats

We aren’t blessed with beautiful weather all year round.  In fact, summer sunshine can be all too fleeting. Make the most of the warm temperatures and clear skies, or what little we have of it, by packing a picnic, take a family road trip and explore nature woodlands, forest trails or go to the seaside.

Along with your flasks and ham sandwiches, save time by packing Just Live a Little Granola bars  they are super tasty, healthy and won’t take up too much room in your picnic basket. Added fruit and a yummy yoghurt topping makes these bars both chewy and nutritious. A firm favourite with our kids.

Gluten free goodness

Gluten free foods are surprisingly still hard to come by. More stores and supermarkets are stocking diet specific foods, but all too often they lack flavour.

Just Live a Little Gluten free granola mixed with crunchy almonds, pecan and cashews allows you to enjoy a tasty breakfast or snack without the worry of lethargy or bloating. Simply add yoghurt, a dash of cinnamon or a teaspoon of honey.