• What is granola?
  • Could I make my own granola?
  • What about the fat content in granola?
  • I’m on a low carb diet. Can I eat your granola?

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  • What is granola?
    Granola dates back to some interesting events in the 19th Century involving a movement for healthy living and eating and a curious connection between the names Kellogg and Post.

    About the time of the American Civil War, Dr. James Jackson of New York put forward a call for a healthy diet. He baked sheets of a dry cracker made from whole grain wheat known as Graham flour. The sheets were then broken up, baked again and crumbled smaller. The result was called “granula”.

    Later, in Battle Creek Michigan (1876) Dr. John Harvey Kellogg became the director of the Western Health Reform Institute, devoted to temperance, vegetarianism and healthy diet. Dr. Kellogg developed a breakfast food of whole grains, baked and ground up. He called this “granula” until he was sued by Dr. Jackson, so he changed a vowel and invented the word “granola”. This same Dr. Kellogg eventually joined efforts with his brother to develop and market healthy breakfast foods. They forgot about the granola but had commercial success with corn flakes and Kellogg Company came into being.There is also an interesting connection here with the Post Cereal Compnay. Charles Post was a patient at the Western Health Reform Institute in 1891 and after he was cured of his health problems, he opened his own health retreat. He used Dr. Jackson’s basic recipe for Granula which he marketed as Grape Nuts. This was the first commercial success for what became the Post Cereal Company.

    “Granola” as a name for a product did not reappear until the movement for healthy foods came along in the 1960’s. Many recipes for granola were developed and shared and because the “hippie” community was into healthy food, the connection between crunchy granola and the hippie lifestyle was made.

    Granola recipes consist of various combinations of whole grains combined with nuts and dried fruits. The dry ingredients are combined with an oil and liquid sweetener then spread on a baking sheet and baked until the ingredients are dry and crisp. The ingredients come off the sheet in large chunks and are then broken up just as Dr. Jackson broke up his sheets of “granula”.

  • Could I make my own granola?
    There is hardly anything better than the aroma of a fresh batch of granola hot from the oven. Although I’d like you to buy Quaker Hill Granola, go ahead and try making a batch of your own. It’s not hard to do, it just requires assembling several different ingredients. Choose a recipe that sounds good to you (the internet is a good resource) and substitute the fruits and nuts you enjoy most.
  • What about the fat content in granola?
    Canola Oil and nuts are the source of fat in Quaker Hill Granola. Both of these are considered healthy oils that are essential to our bodies. Canola oil is lower in saturated fat than any other oil and contains Omega-3 fatty acids which are reputed to not only lower cholesterol, but to contribute to brain growth and development. Likewise, the oils present in almonds, pecans and cashews are mono or polyunsaturated oils that contain Omega-3 fatty acids and are a good source of vitamin E as well as other nutrients.
  • If you are an individual who is strictly limiting your intake of fats, you may not be able to enjoy a bowl of granola every day but you can certainly enjoy it in small quantities by adding a few spoonfuls to your daily bowl of oatmeal or a tablespoon on top of cottage cheese to add some crunch. Pack a few spoonfuls in a zip top bag to serve as your afternoon snack so you won’t be tempted by the candy bars in the vending machine.

    Eating a bowl of Quaker Hill Granola with milk really fills you up. This leaves you ready to take on the full morning of work and activity without craving a sweet snack before lunch. Studies show that individuals who strictly limited their fat content are more likely to feel empty and go in search of a filling snack between meals. Why not start out right at breakfast and eat something delicious that will see you through the next 5 hours?

  • I’m on a low carb diet. Can I eat your granola?
    You have to decide for yourself but the word on carbs is that they are the main source of fuel for our bodies. Whole grains, such as the oats in Quaker Hill Granola, are one of the best sources of carbs. Referred to as “complex carbohydrates”, whole grains supply us with essential nutrients and add fiber to the diet which helps control both blood sugar and blood cholesterol levels. Carbohydrates from whole grains are digested slowly by the body and leave us feeling full over a period of hours. This can help you avoid the craving for a “bad” carb which may look a lot like a donut.