If you are like me that tries to get the best out of my food and still look good in a swim suit, then these words: Granola and Muesil should not be strangers to your pallets or ear.
So Granola and Muesil, what are they, and how they are different from one another?
Muesli is made from uncooked grains, dried fruit, seeds and nuts. Unlike Granola, Muesli contains no sugar or fat, and it is not baked or toasted.
The difference between Muesli and Granola is simple. While both are composed of pure grains, fruit, seeds and nuts, Muesli is not cooked and is usually soaked in milk or other liquid. Granola on the other hand is mixed with oil and sweetener and baked before packaging.
In addition Muesil is made out of Whole Oat Groats.
“A groat is another name for a grain kernel. Whole oat groats are the result of simply harvesting oats, cleaning them, and removing their inedible hulls. You can most often ﬁnd these in health food stores. They take the longest to cook.“
Granola is made out of rolled oats.
Rolled oats (sometimes called old fashioned oats), are created when oat groats are steamed and then rolled into ﬂakes. This process stabilizes the healthy oils in the oats, so they stay fresh longer, and helps the oats cook faster; by creating a greater surface area.
So how healthy could these Oat variant be for a healthy lifestyle?
Oats, we know is very key in our diet. The oats themselves are pretty dense because they are an uncooked grain. Any uncooked grain has not absorbed the water that it normally does in cooking. Therefore, the grain remains calorie dense. But it’s what we add to it and how we prepare it that determines how healthy a meal we are putting to our body, the best thing that you can do is make your own Granola /Muesli, though you should be conservative when adding the oil, sweetening agent, fruit and nuts in order to keep the sugar and fat content of your Muesli/Granola under control.
You must portion control your Muesil/Granola to about a 1/4 to 1/3 cup serving. This way, it is easier to keep the calorie/ sugar intake under control.
There are lots of healthy recipes on the internet for making your own, just be careful with the amount of sweeten agent, seed, nuts and oil used.