One could really get overwhelmed by the array of granola bars out there…
This section of the grocery store has really exploded in the past few years.
It’s hard to know which is a good one vs. a bad one.
Here’s a trick if you’re choosing between two different granola bars:
Read the label and if the fibre and protein added together are less than the added sugars, put it back and take check another one.
This can help you pick a granola bar that doesn’t overload you with refined carbohydrates and offers some nutrition (protein, fibre, etc.)
Or you could also make this week’s recipe: Sweet and Salty Oat Bites!
These are super simple to make and you’ll love them because you can use up your browning bananas on the counter 🙂
And when it comes to reversing prediabetes, you gotta have some oats.
These nutritional powerhouses are packed full of:
- Beta-glucan, a type of fibre
- Starch, a healthy carb to keep you full
- Manganese, selenium and phosphorus
- Polyphenols, which act as antioxidants in the body
So they are basically one of the top diabetes prevention foods out there.
Personally I eat them every darn day.
Honestly in my lifetime I’ll probably consume 50 tonnes of oats!
Or that’s how it feels anyways.
I usually make them as “Overnight Oats”, especially in the summer.
Have you tried these yet?
You take 1/2 cup each of:
You combine these ingredients together with little extras like cinnamon or vanilla.
I’ll even add my fruit at this point, like some strawberries or a banana.
Then you put the whole mixture in the fridge overnight.
In the morning, the oats are “cooked” and soft enough to eat from the milk and yogurt.
You can warm them up in the microwave if the idea of cold oats isn’t so appealing to you.
Back to our recipe for this week – if you want to make these Sweet and Salty Oat Bites, scroll down for the recipe.
- 1.5 cups large flake 100% whole grain oats
- 1.5 cups mashed bananas (about 3 medium bananas)
- ¼ cup chocolate chips
- Cinnamon to taste
- Vanilla to taste
- Pinch of rock salt, if desired
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
- Mash bananas
- Combine bananas with oats and chocolate chips
- Add cinnamon and vanilla if desired
- Place heaping tablespoon-fulls onto a large, non-stick baking sheet (or use a baking mat)
- If wanting the sweet+salty taste, put 3-4 grains of rock salt on the top of each cookie. A little goes a long way with rock salt.
- Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes at 350F.
- Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days. The healthy cookies also freeze well.