Selecting a Healthy Granola

Perhaps it’s because I reside in (crunchy) Boulder, but when it comes to granola options I am overwhelmed! There are a lot of great, local companies that I love supporting but when the taste and cost are near the same sometimes, I am unsure of what to look for.

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I recently connected with Jasmine Oeinck, a professional athlete and creator of Bulumu Granola in Boulder to learn about her health tips and the why’s and how’s of granola. A special note – Bulumu stands for “Buckle up. Love you. Miss you” – which is part communication with her mom while she was on the road racing. I love that.

These days when I’m at a grocery store, there’s a plethora of granola available. With your expertise, what should we look for in terms of finding a “healthy” granola?

A “healthy” granola is free of high risk GMO ingredients, excess added oils and refined sugars. The shorter and more familiar of an ingredient list, the better.

What constitutes a healthy granola?

A granola with lower far and sugar, combined with a high fiber and protein content. Bulumu Granola has no added oil, so it’s 50-70% less fat than leading granola brands, and the results are lighter, cleaner and healthier granola.

What ingredients should people steer away from?

The top “high risk” GMO ingredients such as soy, canola and corn.

What are some of the health benefits of granola?

The basic ingredients that make up typical granolas, such as oats and nuts, are especially nutrient dense when granola isn’t saturated with excess added oils and refined sugars. Oats are great for lowering cholesterol and nuts provide a great source of protein.

What’s your favorite way to eat granola?

A granola and yogurt parfait with Bulumu Orange Ginger – cranberry granola, mangos and yogurt.

Can you tell us a little about Bulumu Granola and your story?

I was living at the Olympic Training Center as a triathlete (swim, bike, run) and would often eat granola – either for breakfast or between sessions. I noticed that the granolas available to me sat heavy in my stomach and caused stomach aces during training. I decided to experiment with making my own granola and ultimately came up with the oil free and lighter version that is now Bulumu Granola.I met my business partner, Brandon, soon after and we decided to atke Bulumu to market and create a brand behind the product with a mission to inspire and support others in their pursuit of passions and an active / healthy lifestyle.

Special thanks to Jasmine for taking the time in this interview!

Some of my favorite local granolas include:

Eat, Drink, Boulder has a nice comparison between these three granolas that you can read here. What are your favorites? How do you pick a healthy granola?