Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Nature Valley™ through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Nature Valley™ Protein Granola, all opinions are my own.
I’ve done a few of these daily food diary blogs in the past, and when Nature Valley™ sent me some of their Protein Granola to try out, I thought it’d be a fun way to incorporate it into a post. Every day my caloric intake and food choices are a little different because I don’t have any strict dietary restrictions, but I barely eat meat (sushi and eggs are the exception), and one of the questions I get asked a lot is about protein deficiencies. I think, in general, people underestimate the value of plant-based protein. You don’t need to eat meat to get enough protein in your diet! Without even consciously trying, I got protein in at each meal this day—beans, quinoa, tofu, and the Nature Valley™ Protein Granola. Eggs were the only animal protein I ate this day.
[6:30AM] My Morning Juice
I love starting the day off with juice! I switch it up and base the ingredients off of whatever I have in my kitchen, and this time it was a beet, carrot, apple and ginger combo. I downed my glass and ran off to take a morning class at Btone.
[8:30AM] Eggs for Breakfast
After my workout, I was more than ready for breakfast! I kept it simple, scrambling up two eggs + 1 egg white and then chopping up half an avocado and a small mango. Delicious! I enjoyed breakfast while catching up on some blogging work.
[11AM] A Couple Handfuls of Nature Valley™ Protein Granola
Granola is one thing I have to be careful about keeping in the house because I have no self control with portion size. One handful turns into one bag oh-so quickly. I strategically didn’t open this bag until I had to run out the door so I wouldn’t have time to down the whole thing, but the Peanut Butter ‘n Dark Chocolate flavor sent to me is rich and super filling, so I actually wasn’t tempted to overdo it—definitely a good thing! According to the bag, ½ cup Nature Valley™ Protein Granola provides 10 grams of protein and 22-26 grams of whole grain; at least 48 grams of whole grain is recommended daily.
In addition to eating it plain, you can check out these creative recipes using the granola.
[2PM] Leftover Black Bean Soup with Tofu Croutons for Lunch
[6PM] A Big Ol’ Salad for Dinner
The first time I made this salad it was just a random compilation of anything and everything I could find in the kitchen, but my boyfriend and I loved it so much, I ended up making it for our dinner just about every night that week. It’s a scoop of quinoa over a bed of mixed greens topped with roasted sweet potato chunks, grapes, avocado and raisins.
[7:30PM] A Nature Valley™ Protein Granola and Almond Milk Treat
Talk about delicious. I was craving something sweet, and added almond milk to a mini bowl of granola to enjoy while watching some Netflix at the end of the day. The chocolate in the Nature Valley™ Protein Granola sorta melted off into the milk and made for a yummy, satisfying, healthier dessert option.