Yesterday I dined elegantly over a delicious four course meal in Shoreditch, courtesy of Arla to celebrate the launch of their new high-fibre, low-fat yogurt.
Thankfully on a Slimming World plan, I already eat 40g each day, which is usually in the form of a weekday porridge or weekend wholemeal bacon sandwich.
But although the UK Government recommends a 30g daily intake, according to the studies*, the population on average only eats about 18g. So we were enouraged to #GetFussed about fibre.
SO, WHO ARE ARLA?
With milk being a main staple in my household’s diet, I assumed they’d been around for a very long time. This was purely because I pay more visits to the fridge aisle than others and it’s regularly caught my eye. Well, OK, they have been around much longer, but not as we know it.
Lots of supermarket branded milk is apparently sourced from Arla. And they’re also the source of many we love today. Lurpak, Anchor and Cravendale to name a few.
But since last year, they’ve been holding their own in the ways of yogurt and milk. One, being a particular favourite of mine is their B.O.B milk (“Best of Both”): skimmed milk that tastes like semi.
So when we sat down, each of us were given a list featuring a set menu. If truth be told, I never originally noticed a difference between the two until my foodie friend, Sandhya pointed it out.
In fact, during the courses, the differences were so subtle, but we’ll get to the reasons why shortly.
Yet looking back, it was probably intentional that I was placed between two vegetarians whose main meals looked rather different to mine.
My first course was this delicious risotto with
chorizo wholemeal crumb, coffee, Parmesan and baby basil.
Firstly, something that could easily be adapted to a low syn option.
And secondly, as I expressed later in the day in discussion, what that I didn’t usually associate fibre with pale, white or creamy foods. But mid eating, penny still hadn’t dropped.
Next up was an exquisite roast cutlet and croquette of lamb with salsa verde and potato gratin.
Albeit, had I not drank two large coffees before arriving, I would have been able to eat every morsel, but I knew full well there were more courses to come!
And again, at first glance, I never associated my main with a large amount of fibre. But what wasn’t listed on the menu was a wholemeal coating on the croquette.
And then came the desserts. Now we’re talking.
Here you can see Sandhya’s desert being held (above) by our waitress, filled with grapes, cherries and kiwis. Whereas mine (below) was laden with figs, raspberries, strawberries and honey’d Arla fibre yogurt.
Another difference was our crust. The first one being white and mine being wholemeal. It turned out the red menu, (mine), was higher in fibre.
They main aspects of all our dishes, carnivores or not, all looked more or less the same.
And had we not watched a video featuring Coronation Street’s actress, Sally Lindsay demonstrating how simple changes in to her diet could help increase her fibre, I would not have been any the wiser.
Why? Because I expect fibre to look boringly brown.
I’m sure all the diners would agree that Arla definitely proved fibre is and can be disguised in many foods, such as their new Fibre yogurt, without compromising on taste.
Some of the changes we can make for a balanced digestive system are always opt for brown over white, like wholewheat pasta, rice and brown bread.
And of course, choosing healthier options, such as fruit and veg.
FIBRE & SYNS
So, what’s the syns for the new Arla Fibre yogurts? Here you go…
- Each 150g Arla Fibre yogurt contains 4.7g of fibre and are 2 syns each.
- A 450g pot of Arla Strawberry Fibre contains 13.95g of fibre and is 6 syns each, or 2 syns per 150g
- A 450g pot of Arla Blueberry Fibre contains 14.85g of fibre and is 6.5 syns each, or 2 syns per 150g
HERE’S A PIN SO YOU CAN SHARE OR SAVE THE SYN INFO FOR LATER!
RECIPE SUGGESTIONS USING YOGURTS
- Low Syn Eton Mess
- Low Syn Bircher Muesli
- Low Syn Chocolate & Apple Frozen Shards
- Slimming World Overnight Oats
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Disclosure: I was invited to attend and paid a fee for my time. All views are my own.