I don’t know if it is just this time of year that does it, but lately my energy levels have not quite been living up to the requirements of my busy lifestyle. Sure I could cut back on some things, but right now I am not really prepared to give up any of my family members or the house that needs constant attention. I don’t want to stop working on my blog and business that gives me reward, engagement and a sense of escape. I don’t want to give up my volunteer role for Heartfelt and I will never cut back on my passion for photography. Then there is finding the energy to ‘hangout’ with 2 toddlers during the day whose energy levels seem to show know signs of dissipating.
So being offered the chance to take up a challenge to ensure my energy levels last a little longer throughout the morning was certainly inviting. The challenge was to eat 4 BelVita biscuits (1 serving) along with one serving of fruit and one serving of dairy every day for a week as my breakfast. There has been lots of scientific testing to ensure that these breakfast biscuits will release energy slowly over 4 hours to get me through to lunch, without having to reach for a mid morning biscuit, chocolate, slice of cake or big latte to fill the void.
So I set about changing from my regular 2 slices of toast and a cup of tea to my ‘biscuits, fruit and dairy’, healthy start to the day.
I have been put in contact with a dietician to help answer my questions, and please feel free to leave any questions in the comments for me to pass on to her. These are not a ‘diet’ or weight loss biscuit, but studies have shown that those that miss breakfast are more likely to gain weight than those that have a healthy start to the day.
These biscuits are made of wholegrains and not highly processed with other “stuff’ we don’t need to be consuming. They are Low GI which I now know refers to how quickly the carbohydrates are broken down. Anything under 55 is low GI and BelVita Biscuits are all between 45-54. Here is picture of yesterdays healthy breakfast of 4 fruit and nut belvida biscuits, a small bowl of yoghurt and a chopped banana. Certainly it was very filling and I actually really enjoyed the taste of the biscuits. And even better it got me through a 40 minute walk/jog and a couple of hours at the park and beach playing with all five of my kids, with no need to snack, no hunger pains and no mid morning flake out!
Day 1 Breakfast
Some snaps of our morning: I may not have joined the kids in the surf but that had way more to do with the temperature of the water than my energy levels!
So far so good but I am going to keep you posted this week with some more updates on my BelVita Breakfast challenge. If you want to find out more about BelVita you can check out their website. Or if you have any questions about breakfast or nutrition in general you can either leave a comment (I will pass on to the expert) or you can email the dietician directly at email@example.com
Do you eat breakfast everyday? If so what do you eat? And do you ever have to snack mid morning?
Please note this a sponsored post, however all views expressed are solely my own and I am required to give an honest opinion of my findings.
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I usually eat breakfast quite late, but these would be great for those running out the door or eating at the office.
Yes, definitely great for those rushed mornings!
By the time I feed the kids and get my black gold(coffee) into me I have usually forgotten about myself. These sound good!
Yes, way too easy to forget about ourselves, but so important we get a good start too.
As a mum to a toddler and newborn I usually just find enough time to shove some cold toast in and then wash it down with cold coffee LOL. That usually happens at mid morning I definitely need to improve my breakfasts…
Yes there is nothing nice about cold toast and coffee!
breakfast is my biggest meal of the day! On any given day I will have a smoothie before the drive to work… about an hour later when ive walked in I will have two pieces of GF toast with peanut butter and a Vaalia yoghurt… then another hour later ill either have a banana or a punnet of strawberries 🙂
I never used to be like this – a year ago i was lucky to have a red bull before breakfast, but the benefitsof focusing on having a healthy and filling breakfast are incredible 🙂
Excellent Lyndal, sounds like we could all take a leaf out of your book, especially if you have really noticed the difference and more importantly the benefits.
I really should be eating a better breakfast. These look great. Rachel x
#TeamIBOT was here x
Yes Rachel…if you’re not you really should 🙂
I’ve been having a green juice for breakfast for the last week and Ive never felt so energetic! hope it keeps up~ I love having more go..
Ooohh, tell me more…what is in green juice?
I love breakast and am generally a cereal person.
I find it usually gets me through the morning. I don’t often reach for snacks.
That’s great Jess, it must be doing the job!
Glad to hear all you guys are trying to eating SOMETHING for breakfast! Next step is to make sure that your brekkie includes a serving of wholegrains (eg. Belvita), a serving of fruit and a serving of low fat dairy. Keep the suggestions coming!! Melanie, dietitian
Thanks Melanie, great advice 🙂
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