When I enter my kitchen on week day mornings, I’m greeted by sunlight streaming through the windows and my husband’s breakfast dishes in the sink. He eats breakfast on his own, standing in front of that window. It’s his moment of quiet before a hectic day.
My husband eats the same thing for breakfast each day: cereal and milk. The cereal tends to be the same, something crunchy and healthy. Often, it’s granola.
Now, I love all those people who tell me granola is “so easy” to make and I “could totally do it!” I’m sure it is, and I’m sure I’m not going to make it. The thing about being a working parent is that you chose your priorities carefully; making homemade granola isn’t at the top of my list, especially when there are so many delicious and healthy options out there.
One of those options is now in my kitchen cupboard. Thanks to the folks at Stonyfield, Nature’s Path Organic, a non-GMO, organic product, is replacing my husband’s regular granola. As a Stonyfield Blogger, I was sent two flavors to try: Pumpkin Flax Granola, which is enriched by pumpkin and flax seeds and is filled with Omega-3 fatty acids, and Qi’a Cranberry Almond, which combines cranberries, sliced almonds, chia, hemp, and buckwheat and is a good source of fiber. I’m also replacing my husband’s milk with Stonyfield Greek Yogurt to give him an extra boost of calcium. It’s time for a breakfast overhaul: mixing granola and yogurt together is his new go-to meal, and so far the report back is that this mix is delicious.
My daughter, who has never met a yogurt parfait she didn’t like, will undoubtedly jockey with my husband for the granola, I’m sure. But I’m saving this breakfast mix for him.
Here on Red Shutters, I share stories about my kids a lot, while my husband remains in the periphery. That’s partly strategic; when I started this blog, I never wanted to be a blogger who let you in all the way to our marriage, or who shared our disagreements or the things he does that drives me crazy (believe me, his list of things I do that drive him crazy is longer). That amount of sharing wouldn’t work for us; that’s not how our relationship works.
The downside is that he’s often out of the spotlight on the fun blogger experiences that come our way, and the kids, who inhale yogurt like oxygen, aren’t keen to share their Stonyfield stash. But, this one’s for him. I love the idea of setting him up each morning for his new breakfast choice. Since he’s often awake much earlier than me most mornings, providing him with a breakfast like this one is my way of making sure his day starts off right (even if, I’m still under the covers in dreamland).
If granola for breakfast isn’t your thing, consider these other ways to enjoy this yummy food:
- Spoon granola over berries for an afternoon pick-me-up.
- Pack granola in small containers or Ziploc bags and throw them in your bag for a source of fuel when you’re running errands.
- Roll granola and peanut butter into small balls and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes for protein-filled snack.
- For kids: unpeel a banana, slide it into a popsicle stick, cover it with honey, and roll it in granola. For adults: nix the popsicle stick, cutting the banana into slices, covering it with honey and granola for sticky after-dinner treat.
- Add granola to your ice cream sundae fixins bar.
- Add granola to muffins or breads to add some crunch to your baked good.
- Add it to salads.
Granola is one of those foods you could have at any meal, making it versatile and a go-to addition to the grocery list. Now, if I can only keep it away from the kids…
How do you eat granola?
Disclosure: This post was created in partnership with Stonyfield. All opinions are my own.