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Recently I was invited to London to #GetFussed and enjoy a 3-course lunch with lots of wonderful food bloggers. The purpose of the lunch was to help us all learn more about the new Arla fibre yogurt and also pick up some handy tips for improving our daily fibre intake.
As you can see the venue, and the table settings, were beautiful. I was really excited for the lunch and to learn more about Arla fibre yogurt at this time.
At our lunch, we were served 3 courses, and while our meals looked similar we were actually eating different meals. The people to the left and right of me were eating a meal that was higher in fibre than mine was, however, our meals looked identical, until the desserts.
The first course that I ate was a risotto with chorizo crumb, coffee, parmesan and baby basil. Mine was absolutely delicious and the people seated either side of me had a meal that looked similar too, however, there were a few simple differences. By using whole grain rice, instead of white rice, their meal was higher in fibre.
My main course was a roast lamb cutlet, croquette of lamb with Salsa Verde and potato gratin. This was absolutely delicious, although I’m not a huge fan of pink lamb so I didn’t eat all of that. The croquette of lamb was absolutely delicious.
The dessert was where things got really interesting for me. My dessert was a French fruit tart with kiwi, red grapes, cherries and honey’d natural yogurt.
By changing the dessert up slightly it was possible to make this dessert instead, which frankly looks even more delicious and contained more fibre too. By changing the crust for one with wholegrain and switching the fruits to figs, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries the fibre content was significantly increased. This was really eye opening for me, as I love to cook from scratch, and I feel confident that I will be able to easily increase our fibre content now.
After our lunch we were encouraged to #GetFussed about fibre. I’ll be honest and say that I need to work on my nutrition. I’ve been working out lately and I’m always wanting to learn more about looking after my body, feeling fuller for longer and hopefully losing some weight too. We had a talk, presented by a manager from Arla and a dietician too. We also got to watch a video featuring Dr Ranj and Sally Lindsay which was really eye-opening. With just a few simple changes it is possible to eat delicious meals and still hit the 30g of fibre per day that the Government advises we should be eating.
Simple tips for increasing your fibre intake
Make homemade pesto with sesame seeds instead of pine nuts for 1.6g of extra fibre per portion
Swap grapes for sweet strawberries for 2.5g of extra fibre per bowl
Swap cashews for almonds and even a small 20g portion will give you a whole 1g of extra fibre
Swap low-fat fruit yogurt for Arla fibre yogurt and receive 4.7g of fibre per 150g serving
While at lunch we got to enjoy the Arla fibre yogurts – I tried the blueberry one. I’m not a blueberry fan usually but it was really tasty! I’m really pleased to see a raspberry flavour, as this is my favourite yogurt variety, and I’ll be picking some up at shopping this week! I couldn’t notice a horrible aftertaste and the portion that I had was filling too making Arla fibre yogurts ideal as part of a balanced breakfast or with fruit for a dessert after dinner.
Arla is working on a plain Arla fibre yogurt at the moment – so I’m hoping to see that in the shops soon!
Arla fibre yogurts can be found in 150g (Pineapple & Passionfruit and Raspberry) and 450g pots (Strawberry and Blueberry). You can find the large pots in the yogurt aisle in Tesco and all varieties in-store and online from Asda. Find out more about Arla fibre yogurts and other products in the Arla range by visiting the Arla UK website.
The lunch itself was lovely but what I took away from my lunch with Arla was that with a few simple switches, such as using Arla fibre yogurt, it is possible to hit the 30g of daily fibre that the UK Government recommends.
I was invited to lunch by Arla Fibre and paid a fee for my time to attend.