After the excesses and lack of exercise at Christmas and New Year it is all too common for one’s digestive system to feel rather sluggish. When I am cooking for myself I eat far more fruit, vegetables and wholegrains than when I am away, and it is remarkable how quickly my tummy feels happy again after just one day concentrating on eating fruit and vegetables.
I have one simple mantra for a healthy diet – “Eat a generous portion of (raw) vegetables with every meal whenever you can” – and I find that starting the day on the right track, with a portion of vegetables in my breakfast, is an easy way towards a happy tummy.
I usually have a green smoothie – leafy green vegetables and a portion of fruit whizzed up to silky smooth perfection in a high speed blender – if you have not tried them then you must as you simply cannot taste the green vegetables. Another alternative is bircher muesli; a handful of oats, soaked overnight in orange juice with a generous amount of grated carrot and squash, then served with fresh berries. It is the perfect breakfast for those with busy mornings – make the night before and simply grab and go before the commute to work or the school run.
If I eat more of the good stuff (vegetables, fruit and wholegrains) I feel more energetic and actually want to get active. By exercising I then want to eat less of the bad stuff – why would I want to undo all the good? I sleep better and wake up feeling refreshed and then can enjoy a small mug of coffee without actually needing that caffeine jolt to get me going first thing in the morning. My concentration span is increased which means that I work more effectively and thus have more time to do the things I want to. All in all a good cycle of positive reinforcement.
They have brought out a new product – Activia Fibre – a pot of creamy Activia yoghurt with five live cultures, including the exclusive Bifidus ActiRegularis® and a topper containing wheat bran fibre that contributes to an acceleration of intestinal transit. The claimed effect is obtained with a daily intake of 10g of wheat bran fibre. It is intended to be enjoyed as part of a healthy balanced diet and lifestyle.
If you do not have time, energy or the equipment to make a healthy breakfast then Activia Fibre can be a useful part of your breakfast – have it with some fruit, seeds, a smoothie or even some vegetables to make a complete meal.
- 1 small carrot – coarsely grated
- 25 g butternut squash – peeled and coarsely grated
- 75 g porridge oats
- Freshly squeezed juice one orange
- 1 Activia fibre pot
- 20 g blueberries
- 2 tsp pumpkin seeds
- 2 tsp granola – optional
Place the carrot, butternut squash and oats into a bowl, pour over the orange juice and add half the yoghurt and the fibre topper. Mix well, cover and leave in the fridge overnight for the oats to absorb the liquid.
In the morning stir in the blueberries and pumpkin seeds and serve topped with the remains of the yoghurt and an optional spoonful of granola.
Keeps for two days in the fridge.
Throughout January Activia will be giving away a #HappyTummy hamper everyday on Facebook, packed with products to promote well being and to help you enjoy life’s little moments more, as well as a luxury retreat once per week.
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