6. Store-Bought Granola
Sure, it looks like a health mixture of honey, brown sugar, oats, and dried fruit, but think again. Most store-bought boxes of granola contain up to 10 grams of fat and 400 calories per serving, which outweighs a glazed donut. Many boxed granolas contain a whole whack of hidden sugar, unless you’re reading labels and consciously buying an organic or natural variety made with simple sugars, or making your own at home. Otherwise, you’re basically eating dessert for breakfast!
The good news is that DIY granola is typically a lot healthier and a lot cheaper on the wallet. Mix your own by combining whole grain oats, raw nuts, organic dried fruit and seeds, dried spices (i.e., cinnamon and nutmeg), and a touch of natural sweetness (i.e., real maple syrup or raw honey). I like to make my own for the week and then bring a large container to work so breakfast is waiting for me at my desk when I arrive each morning.