Start the Day Right...

Breakfast the first meal of the day, breaks the long fast of the previous night, and give you the fuel to get up and go (when your get up has gone). Now if you are anything like me, I get bored of having the same thing day in day out. Which is why I like to switch it up a little sometimes it is a smoothie (great for when you are short on time), or toast with nut butter or boring ole cereal - soggy and unappetising (you know what I am talking about, yes, that mush that sits in your bowl daring you to eat it).

But, cereal doesn't have to be boring! I know, I know hard to believe right? let me show you what I mean.

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This is anything but boring, in fact I want to have some right now, but I've eaten it already...Just think a little outside the cereal box.

The Low Down:

Wholegrain flakes whether wheat, oats, or barley are going to be high in micro-nutrients, good dietary fibres, and help in maintaining a stable blood glucose level. Making sure that whenever possible you are having the whole grain is a good habit to get into. Processing takes away the germ (which you could say is the life force of the grain) and the bran which you need to keep your colon healthy. Processing removes more than half the vitamin B complexes (B1,B2, B3), vitamin E, folic acid, calcium, zinc, iron and fibre found in wholegrain.  The ludicrous thing here is that the grain is processed to about 60% losing all these goodness, and then it is enriched - basically putting back in some of the B vitamins, magnesium, iron and fibre which had been removed in the first place. To deal with the health implications that arise from removing these in the first place. * (I will do a post soon solely focusing on nutrients). 
If you can make only one change to your dietary intake, I would say switch out your refined and processed foods to wholegrain and foods in as natural state as possible.Whole-grains can reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome the name given to a group of risk factors that increases your  risk of heart disease, diabetes and stroke. Yoghurt will provide live cultures for your gut which in tern assist your immune system. It will also provide a source of calcium needed for you bones, teeth and the transmission of messages along our nerve. Fruits are a good source of vitamins, phytonutrients and antioxidants.

Now lets get to the good stuff!

Fresh Fruit and Yoghurt Cereal

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Get a cereal bowl, add the flakes, then the yogurt. Next arrange your pear slices and top the yogurt with the halved grapes, few leaves of fresh mint, and your done!

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                       Bon App├ętit!!

Would love to know how you have yours...  

***Disclaimer: Any of the information within this blog post and others on this site is for information and educational purposes only and is NOT intended to be taken as diagnosis, treatment, cure or  to prevent any disease. Any reader concerned about his or her health is advised to seek medical advice from their GP or relevant medical professional***

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