Consisting of honey, nuts, puffed rice, rolled oats and various dried fruits such as dates and raisins that have been baked till they have become crispy, granola makes a wonderful food/snack for persons who are camping, backpacking or hiking. This is because other than it having similar qualities as a trail mix, it is easy to store, fast to digest, healthy, light in weight and high in calories hence, makes a perfect energy boosting food/snack. To be specific, these are the reasons why granola is the perfect trail food:
1. IT’S AN EXCELLENT ENERGY BOOSTER:
Being highly rich in calories and sugars, granola will give you the extra energy boost you deserve. Every time you ingest granola, your body tissues gets stimulated hence giving way for optimal distribution of nutritional resources throughout your body. This will come in handy as it will give you a feeling of being full hence-by allowing you to cut down on calories without having to ‘punish’ your body. Moreover, due the numerous minerals in granola, such as calcium and potassium, you can be assured of having your bones strengthened hence capable of taking you through the harshest of trails.
2. IMPROVES THE QUALITY OF YOUR SKIN:
Generally, the outdoors can be quite harsh on your skin more so if you are hiking or backpacking for weeks or months. But then, if you take granola with you and make it your favorite trail food, then, its nutrients will play a key role in protecting your skin from harsh weather/climatic conditions sun as sun’s UV rays. As a result, you won’t have to worry about getting sunburns or pre-mature wrinkles.
3. HELPS IN KEEPING YOUR INTESTINES IN ORDER:
Thanks to the whole grains in granola which are highly rich in both soluble and insoluble fiber, you can be assured that your body will fill fuller for longer periods of time. Also, these whole grains help in keeping your intestines in order hence no need to worry about stomach upsets.
4. ENHANCES YOUR ABILITY TO HEAL:
Due to the high content of manganese in granola, more new tissues whose purpose is to help in organ and cellular repair will be produced. As such, you’ll end up having your wounds heal faster and in case of injuries such as cuts, have the blood clot in no time.
5. STIMULATES IMPROVED COGNITIVE ACTIVITY:
Eating granola exposes your body to a whole load of nutrients that help in stimulating mental functionability / ensuring that your brain remains alert all day long. Presence of omega 3 fatty acids further helps in enhancing the brain’s functionability.
6. HAS HIGH NUTRITIONAL VALUE:
Though each granola variation has slightly different nutrients, the main ones include Vitamins C and E, omega 3 fatty acids, minerals, dietary fibers, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc and potassium.