The 5 Day Challenge, you could set tummy niggles aside and mark the start of a bran-new you in a truly delicious way. All we ask you to do is try the cereal for 5 consecutive days to see if you notice a difference in your general digestive well-being
Did you know that 90 to 95 per cent of the ‘happy’ hormone serotonin is made in the gut? A study* of 1,000 UK women found 52 per cent experience digestive complaints, such as bloating or gas, at least once a week. Eating fibre everyday is a simple remedy for happy tums.
- Many people suffer from symptoms of digestive discomfort such as bloating and feelings of sluggishness from time to time. In fact, research estimates around 40% of the population suffer from bloating regularly.
- Fibre is an essential nutrient that our bodies need to feel good inside. Unlike others, it’s not digested, but acts as a lubricant to help make sure everything else is. So although it passes through the gut relatively unchanged, it’s the most important ingredient to getting rid of what we don’t need.
- Switching from a relatively low-fibre diet to one that’s rich in high-fibre foods can be uncomfortable at first, and may cause bloating. But don’t give up. After just a few days, the body will start to adjust
- Fibre can be broadly split into two types – soluble and insoluble (wheat bran is the insoluble type). Both types are important in a healthy balanced diet.
- Foods are 'high in fibre' when they contain 6g or more of fibre per 100g and a 'source of fibre' when they contain 3g or more per 100g. Checking food labels in the supermarket to compare fibre levels is a great start to achieving a higher fibre intake * source of information
I have to say if you said all bran to me I immediately think of the stick like bits of bran that taste like soggy cardboard once you add milk to them. (I have to say I don't take milk on cereals, I either eat them dry or with yoghurt on.) Well if your like me you need to think again. Kelloggs do a range of six different all bran cereals and two breakfast biscuits that come under their all bran range, so something to suit nearly everybody.
I also have to admit that I do have tummy issues. For all I am fortunate that I have a bowel movement normally twice a day. Sometimes due to foods I eat (and that list grows ever longer) sometimes twice a day can be four, five, six times a day complete with huge discomfort if I am not careful.
sorry too much information. Maybe the twice a day is because I eat a healthy diet high in fibre and drink far to much water.
Anyway I digress, so I was sent out three boxes of different cereals, Golden crunch, red berry crunch and chocolate wheats. Have to say the first two appealed to me more than the last one did. But the wheat ones were dead handy to take to work to snack on, dry, eaten with fingers in my break, much better than grabbing unhealthy crisps and chocolate. My favourite was the red berry crunch, but just because I like red berries. The cereals were crunchy, the clusters were a nice siz but broke up easily in your mouth and they did not soak the yoghurt in and go soggy at all. I have to say I thought the forty grammes was a generous portion size, and as I always do I added some sultanas to my breakfast which complimented the crunch nicely.
But these cereals are for me a great healthy start to the morning, are packed with vitamins and iron that a woman of my age needs with nothing artificial added. I add a handful of sultanas which are virtually fat free, totally cholesterol free, but add fibre and potassium.
I also used some in a recipe; a handy snack now the school holidays are here, great for the children to make as well, no baking needed.
chocolate crispy crunch
- melt 200-400g of dark chocolate
- chop a few figs, apricots and prunes
- stir the dried fruit through the chocolate, and then stir in enough Golden Crunch to uncorporate all the chocolate
- spoon into cake cases and refrigerate until set.
So having tried them for more than five days, all three boxes and finished with only me eating them, my tummy feels good, my bowels feel good and they are sustaining me through the morning. I cannot start my day without breakfast, and for me it needs to be a healthy start to the day, and these certainly fit that criteria. Why not try them yourself for five, or more days?