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.
Sunrise Bircher Muesli & a #HappyTummy with Activia Fibre
- 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.
Post commissioned for Activia’s #HappyTummy campaign. Find out more on their Facebook page.