Keeping ready-to-eat, nutritious foods on hand can help you stick to a healthy diet because you can reach for them instead of fast food or unhealthy snacks when you're hungry. Yogurt and granola can be ideal choices for breakfasts or snacks. Together, these foods are a healthy combination to include in your diet as long as you consume them in moderation and select nutritious varieties.
Control Your Weight
Eating breakfast can help you control your weight. Yogurt and granola are convenient foods that can promote eating breakfast, even when you're in a hurry. To further help with weight control, the protein in yogurt and dietary fiber in granola can help delay the onset of hunger. Once cup of fat-free yogurt provides about 8 grams of protein, or 16 percent of the daily value for protein, based on a 2,000-calorie diet, while 1 cup of granola provides 3.4 grams of dietary fiber, or 14 percent of the daily value.
Support Strong Bones
Yogurt and granola can be healthy because they are rich in many essential vitamins and minerals. One cup of fat-free plain yogurt provides 452 milligrams of calcium, which is 45 percent of the daily value. Calcium is an essential mineral for building and maintaining strong bones. One cup of granola supplies 40 international units of vitamin D, or 10 percent of the daily value. Vitamin D helps your body absorb and use calcium from your diet.
Prevent Nutrient Deficiencies
Each cup of granola supplies 1.8 milligrams of iron, or 10 percent of the daily value. Iron is necessary for maintaining healthy red blood cells and preventing symptoms of anemia such as fatigue and weakness. Other nutrients in yogurt and granola include magnesium, zinc and vitamin B-12. Choose fortified granola to increase your nutrient consumption. For breakfast, try yogurt and granola with strawberries, or another source of vitamin C to improve your body’s ability to absorb iron.
Make Healthy Choices
Limit your portions of yogurt and granola, so that you don't eat too many calories and gain weight. Choose fat-free yogurt instead of full-fat or reduced fat yogurt to keep the number of calories and the amount of saturated fat low. Select plain yogurt instead of flavored, sugar-sweetened yogurt -- and further limit your consumption of added sugars by choosing granola that is unsweetened, lightly sweetened or sweetened with fruit juice instead of honey, or white or brown sugar.
- Clemson University: Brighten up With Breakfast
- U.S. Department of Agriculture: National Nutrient Database
- Food and Drug Administration: Guidance for Industry: A Food Labeling Guide (14. Appendix F: Calculate the Percent Daily Value for the Appropriate Nutrients)
- Linus Pauling Institute: Vitamin D
- Linus Pauling Institute: Iron