Last week when I attended the yummy breakfast in the garden we were all given a bag containing different flavours of belVita. And as it turns out it was perfect timing; I was needing some inspiration in my life to jazz up the meals I serve to my family.

So with the boxes of belVita in one hand and a camera in the other I’m going to share with you the meals I’ve been creating. And to help shed light some light on nutrition Melanie McGrice has commented on each. Melanie is a spokes person for belVita and an accredited dietician.

Milk & Cereals belVita with original ricotta cheese and pear

Melanie; What a great way to serve BelVita!  A ‘balanced breakfast’ includes a serving of wholegrains, a serve of dairy and a serve of fruit, so in this quick and easy meal you have all three.

Note: I took a photo of 2 as I couldn’t make 4 look good on the plate. 4 belVitas is equal to 1 serve

Milk & Cereals belVita with original ricotta cheese and pear

 

Crushed Milk & Cereals belVita mixed with Greek yogurt

Melanie; This looks like a really quick and easy breakfast.  BelVita served with dairy has been shown to provide 4 hours of sustained energy release so I’m sure that this kept you going through til lunch time.

Note: I used 4 belVita biscuits and about 150gms of yogurt

Crushed Milk & Cereals belVita mixed with Greek yogurt

Crushed Milk & Cereals belVita mixed with Greek yogurt and tinned raspberries

Melanie; Raspberries are low in kilojoules and rich in antioxidants.  Antioxidants have been shown to decrease the risk of heart disease and cancer, not to mention wrinkles!

Note: I used 4 belVita biscuits, about 150gms of yogurt and about a tablespoon of raspberries along with 3 frozen ones on top

Crushed Milk & Cereals belVita mixed with Greek yogurt and tinned raspberries

Crunchy Oats belVita with original ricotta cheese, banana and a dusting of cinnamon

Melanie; bananas are well known for their high levels of potassium.  Potassium is great for helping you to maintain a healthy blood pressure, so are a great food to include as part of a healthy diet.  Some bananas can be quite large though, so I recommend that you purchase small ones or do what Trina has done and just have a few slices.

Note: I took a photo of 2 as I couldn’t make 4 look good on the plate. 4 belVitas is equal to 1 serve

Crunchy Oats belVita with original ricotta cheese, banana and a dusting of cinnamon

Now as belVita’s are rather delicious and I’m a busy mum with 2 little ones I did have a few of the above meals as lunch instead of breakfast. And as I have found a little rhyme and enjoyment in preparing different meals I have taken a photo of 2 other meals that Melanie has happily commented on; with one in particular making me thing twice next time I using ham.

Fruit muesli mixed with Greek yogurt & pear with chai latte and orange juice

Melanie: According to the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating a ‘serve’ of juice is only 150ml, so watch your portion size.  Most adults only require two serves of fruit per day, so some people like to space them out a little more.  Swiss muesli is a great way to start the day!

Note: I used 50gms of muesli and about 150gms of yogurt.

Fruit muesli mixed with Greek yogurt & pear with chai latte and orange juice

Whole grain toast (with olive butter), ham (fried a little) & poached eggs

Melanie: Although this looks delicious, I would recommend that you consider using grilled tomato instead of ham.  Most ham contains nitrates which are believed to increase the risk of cancer, so it is recommended that this is only eaten occasionally as a treat food.

Whole grain toast, ham & poached eggs

I also want to confess that I am my no means one to count calories etc. In actual fact I don’t even know how to work it out or know the recommended daily intake of anything other than 2 fruit and 3 Vegies. I’m a no fuss girl and my only belief is eating in moderation and lucky for me it appears to work “for me”. However in light of the past week I’m beginning to learn that we might be all eating far too much; which I sort of knew but until this week didn’t really understand by how much. So yes I have started cutting back on the about of food and making sure I’m smarter about my choices.

For example I use to have muesli for breakfast; I would poor it into the bowl until I thought it was a serve.  Upon reading the box I have been having oh about double the amount I should have been having.  When I realised this I was taken aback because based on a serve (50gms) prepared in usual why, I would be hungry in an hour or so.  But making sure that I teamed the muesli up with other foods such as yogurt and fruit it sustained me until lunch time. And not only was it nicer and eating a healthier balanced meal I’m also not snacking us much.

Melanie has a facebook page were she posts great healthy tips and meal ideas, pop over to https://www.facebook.com/NutritionPlusNews and be sure to like her page and your body will thank you.

Make sure you drop back next week for some more breakfast ideas; one in particular I’m sure you’re going to want to make.

 

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