Raspberry Granola Parfait and Fibre – Are You Getting Enough?

Raspberry Granola Parfait

As a wholefood blogger, I’m well aware of the importance of fibre in our diet, both soluble and insoluble. However, Public Health England have recently come up with a recommendation that adults should consume at least 30g of fibre daily. It turns out, apparently, that the average intake is only 18g. Oh dear! Arla Fibre to the rescue and a quick but effective breakfast ‘recipe’ from me for raspberry granola parfait.

Last week, I took my first trip to London since moving to the New Forest. The train journey takes half the time it did from Cornwall, so a day trip is much more doable. I spent a very pleasant afternoon having a #GetFussed lunch with Arla, learning a bit more about fibre and trying the recently launched Arla Fibre yoghurts.

#GetFussed Arla Fibre Lunch

Arla Fibre Yoghurts

There is a perception that fibre is bland, boring and unappealing. That’s patently not true, but when I tried my first spoonful of Arla’s strawberry yoghurt, I was surprised to find it looked like any other fruit yoghurt I’ve tried. I sort of expected it to be full of bran. Luckily I was wrong. It was creamy in texture and fruity in flavour and if I wasn’t any wiser, I’d have had no idea it was particularly high in fibre. I was more than happy to polish off my bowlful.

Arla Fibre Strawberry Yoghurt

The fibre comes in the form of chicory inulin, a prebiotic that is fairly bland on its own but adds sweetness and soluble fibre to other food products. You really wouldn’t know it was there unless you read the label.

#GetFussed Arla Fibre Yoghurt

Not only is Arla Fibre yoghurt high in fibre, it’s also low in fat and high in protein and calcium, making it a good choice for a healthy snack, dessert or breakfast. It comes in handy 150g pots which contain 4.7g of fibre and 450g tubs for the family. Both sizes come in four varieties: raspberry, strawberry, blueberry and pineapple with passionfruit. The price seems very reasonable: the 450g pot retails at around £1.75. They are available from major supermarkets.

A Not So Fibrous Lunch

#GetFussed Arla Fibre Lunch Cocktails

On arrival at the venue we were presented with a sumptuous cocktail. This was a pleasurable way to get us in the mood for taking photos of the lovely lunch set up and learning about fibre.

#GetFussed Arla Fibre Lunch

We then enjoyed a three course lunch, which was quite delicious. As a vegetarian, I didn’t feel in the least bit hard done by, as I sometimes do on these occasions. There were two menus doing the rounds. We were asked to check our menus before ordering and then have a look at our neighbours to see if we could spot any differences. There were a few seemingly minor ones, but they were pretty similar. We didn’t know it at the time, but half the diners had a high fibre menu and the other had a low fibre one. 

#GetFussed Arla Fibre Lunch Risotto

I started with an asparagus, aged feta and baby basil risotto. This was really well done and the envy of the meat eaters around the table; their risottos didn’t look nearly as appetising.

#GetFussed Carrot Fritters

This was followed by heritage roast carrots with carrot & shallot fritters, salsa verde and couscous. This was far more interesting fare than I was expecting, although I did feel a vegetable other than carrots would have been good to accompany the carrot fritters. I finished with an elegant French fruit tart with kiwi, red grapes, cherries and honey’d natural yoghurt.

#GetFussed French Tart

Turned out, mine was the not so fibrous lunch. A few small changes were made to the dishes to increase the fibre for half of the diners. So kale, for example, was used in the high fibre salsa verde, brown rice in the risotto and berries rather than grapes in the French tart. The fibrous French tart also included figs and some wholemeal flour in the pastry. Doesn’t it look good?

#GetFussed High Fibre French Tart

To ensure we’d been paying proper attention, we had a post-lunch fibre quiz. I got it mostly right – honest!

#GetFussed Arla Fibre Quiz

For some absolutely stunning shots of the event, head over to Sandhya’s Kitchen

#GetFussed Arla Fibre Lunch Flowers

Simple Swaps

Luckily, I get plenty of fibre in my diet and don’t need to worry about not getting the requisite 30g. If you eat plenty of vegetables, some fruit and introduce wholegrains into your diet, you should be fine. However, if you think you may not be reaching the target, there are some very simple things you can do which will make a huge difference. Here are a few easy swaps you can try to up your fibre intake.

  • Wholemeal bread instead of bread made with refined flours
  • Brown rice for white rice
  • Wholemeal pasta instead of ordinary
  • Berries instead of grapes 
  • Potatoes and other vegetables with skin on instead of peeled
  • Wholemeal flour instead of plain when baking
  • Arla Fibre yoghurt instead of ordinary low fat fruit yoghurt.
  • Follow my blog and recipes instead of looking at standard recipe books 😉

Raspberry Granola Parfait

Here’s a recipe for a very quick, simple but delicious breakfast: raspberry granola parfait. It’s hardly a recipe at all really, more an assembly of three simple ingredients to make a lush high fibre meal in a glass. I expect most of you already have your own version. I find eating granola and yoghurt this way feels much more luxurious than just bunging them together in a bowl and it promotes a great start to the day. The addition of berries makes it even more special. Raspberries, I learnt during my Arla lunch, are a particularly high fibre fruit, as are other berries.

 Raspberry Granola Parfait

Granola can also be high in fibre, especially if you make your own. A nutty one works well for this raspberry granola parfait. You could try my recipe for gorgeous gluten-free granola or for something a little more indulgent, this chocolate granola is decidedly good.

The third ingredient is Arla Fibre Raspberry Yoghurt. The yoghurt is delicious all by itself, but makes a perfect component in this raspberry granola parfait. The smooth and creamy yoghurt contrasts wonderfully with the crunchy granola and tart fruit.

Raspberry Granola Parfait – The Recipe

Raspberry Granola Parfait
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 
A quick and easy high fibre breakfast that feels more luxurious and indulgent than it actually is. Perfect for weekend breakfasts or entertaining guests.
Course: Breakfast
Servings: 1 person
Author: Choclette @ Tin and Thyme
Ingredients
  • 50 g nutty granola
  • 150 g Arla Fibre raspberry yoghurt
  • 8 raspberries
  • 2 strawberries - hulled & quartered
Instructions
  1. Place half the granola at the bottom of a wide glass. Top with half the yogurt, then half the berries.
  2. Repeat the layers and admire before tucking in with a spoon.
Recipe Notes

Multiply the quantities depending on how many people you're preparing breakfast for.

Add edible flowers for an extra special breakfast.

Can be made an hour or so in advance.

 

#CookBlogShareI’m sharing my raspberry granola parfait with #CookBlogShare, hosted this week at Recipes Made Easy.

 

 

 

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I was invited by Arla Foods to attend their lunch event and I was paid for my time. I was not expected to write a positive review and all opinions are, as always, my own. Thanks to my readers for supporting the brands and organisations that help to keep Tin and Thyme blythe and blogging.

Comments

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    Grace
    17th April 2018

    Yes, more fibre but how much sugar is in the yoghurt?

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      Choclette
      18th April 2018

      Good point Grace. I don’t know what the quantity is, but it doesn’t taste super sweet.

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      Choclette
      18th April 2018

      Thanks Angie. I really enjoy eating granola like this, but have to confess more often than not, I just bung it in a bowl. Veggie fritters are ace.

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    Corina Blum
    18th April 2018

    That parfait looks delicious and the pastry for the berry tart look so much tastier than the pastry on the grape tart. I have to admit that fibre is just not something I think about very often. I eat lots of veggies and wholemeal bread but there are definitely a few other changes I could make.

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      Choclette
      18th April 2018

      Thanks Corina. I’m with you on the pastry. There’s much talk of vitamins, minerals, sugar, salt, fat and protein, but fibre rarely gets a mention.

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    Kate | The Veg Space
    18th April 2018

    What a lovely parfait. I have no idea how much fibre I eat, but would never have thought that fibre-fortified yoghurt could be a ‘thing’!! Isn’t it amazing what can be done with food these days. Your lunch looked fabulous, what a treat. Hope life in the New Forest is treating you well!

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      Choclette
      18th April 2018

      Thanks Kate. Yes indeed, it seems there is always something new to learn when it comes to food. Loving the New Forest, though we have a very overgrown garden which is taking up rather too much time.

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    Jacqueline Meldrum
    18th April 2018

    The parfait looks gorgeous. It looks like you had a wonderful meal while you were there. I’ll have to look out for that yoghurt. Shared!

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      Choclette
      18th April 2018

      Thanks Jac. It was a lovely meal and so good to have an interesting veggie option. The yoghurt is definitely worth trying.

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    Eva Katona
    18th April 2018

    This sounds delicious and healthy and in fact, granola, fruits and yogurt is my favourite breakfast!

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      Choclette
      18th April 2018

      Thanks Eva. I generally have a smoothie for breakfast, so this feels much more of a treat.

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    Olivia Jade
    18th April 2018

    I found out my fibre in take is actually too high? I don’t know how that happens, but I suppose I do eat a lot of the foods that contain it e.g beans and slimming world bars 🙂 this recipie looks lush! X

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      Choclette
      18th April 2018

      Gosh, I didn’t know it could be too high. I eat loads of it. I know it’s best to increase it gradually if you’re not used to it though.

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    Nico @ yumsome
    18th April 2018

    Aaah, such are the benefits of being a vegan who is too lazy to peel veg! Ha ha ha! I have tons of fibre in my diet. Your yog and granola looks so lovely too! xx

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      Choclette
      18th April 2018

      You and me both 😀 I never saw the point of peeling veg – for the most part anyway. So much of the goodness is in the peel.

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    Sylvia
    20th April 2018

    Wow, what a feast! It all looks delicious, I love granola with loads of fruits for breakfast, sounds like a perfect post workout meal too!

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      Choclette
      22nd April 2018

      Granola, yoghurt and fruit is a really good quick meal with the added benefits of being delicious and good for you too.

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    jacqui Bellefontaine
    21st April 2018

    What a good idea adding the granola for even more fibre. I can confirm that the meat eaters rissotto tasted amazing too even if you thought it less appetising looking. It was lovely to have met you a put a face to name. Hope to see you in London more often now its a shorter trip for you. Thank you for linking to #CookBlogShare

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      Choclette
      22nd April 2018

      Thanks Jacqui. Haha, I’m sure your risotto tasted fine, but everyone on my table was looking rather enviously at mine 😉 It was good to meet you too and I’ll hopefully manage to make it up to London for the odd event or two.

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    Sammie
    29th April 2018

    As a mum with three teens making sure we all have enough fibre in our diet is important. I will definitely give Arla a try and make up your beautiful parfaits. Thanks for sharing such a great idea.

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      Choclette
      30th April 2018

      Thanks Sammie. Layering up granola with fruit and yoghurt is my favourite way to eat it, but I still only tend to do it this way as an occasional treat.

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