14 day Symbio Challenge

So for the last 14 days I’ve been doing the 14 day Symbio challenge (my food diary is below), while I’m not a big fan of food challenges these days this is a different kind as its adding something in…yogurt! Not just any kind of yoghurt, Symbio has won a Gold Medal award for their wholegrain blueberry yoghurt!

I’m a big fan of improving gut health and I’ve been a regular consumer of sauerkraut, which I try to have daily with my eggs but the days I don’t have eggs I don’t have anything else to help my gut health.  I cannot have kombucha due to the caffeine and I’m not entirely sure you can make true kombucha with decaffeinated tea, if you know more about this then please let me know?!

Anyway on to this Yoghurt…

I stocked up on Monday 4th Arpil with all the flavours that took my fancy…Vanilla Bean, Blueberry, Passionfruit and plain unsweetened.  I was immediately impressed with these yoghurts, the consistency was so smooth and I loved all the flavours.  My favourite so far is the Passionfruit!!! Soo yum!

While there are yoghurts on the market that have probiotics in them, only Symbio has 5 billion DR10 probiotic cultures in each 150g serve which is why it makes it effective in supporting your digestive comfort.  Symbio Probalance is a low fat probiotic yoghurt with fibre and calicum to support digestive balance and make you feel great from the inside out.

I had a wee look around their website and was rather impressed at the quality articles, in particular I enjoyed the article on The fullness factor, they are all quite quick reads aimed at improving womens health and the little things we can do each day to look after ourselves.  I’m all for making improvements that don’t include anything too technical and what easier way than yoghurt.

I’ve known for a while now that the gut/brain link is really important, it’s quite well documented these days and it is definitely an interest of mine as I have suffered from anxiety and depression for many years, while greatly improved when I lost all my weight many years ago I still have to take care of my health.

Some of the benefits of buying Symbio Yoghurt:

  • Symbio is the only yoghurt in NZ that contains the natural probiotic Bifidobacterium lactis DR10
  • Symbio has been tested to ensure that there are still over 5 billion DR10 Probiotics right up until the end of the yoghurt’s shelf life
  • Symbio Probalance contains the goodness of dairy with protein and calcium, including the added benefits of vitamins A and D and dietary fibre.
  • So unlike supplements or pills, in addition to probiotics you also get a range of other nutrients
  • The entire Symbio range is now gluten free including our wholegrain varieties
  • Symbio Probalance is made in New Zealand from milk sourced from New Zealand dairy farms and is sold in supermarkets nationwide
  • Product flavours are all listed here.

As for the 14 day challenge I have included a few days to show what my food diary was like and how I used the yoghurt:

Tuesday 5/4/2016

7.30am: Oatmeal with all bran, maple syrup and milk.
12pm: 5 Sushi Rolls, salmon and avocado.  Piece of Sea Salt Dark Chocolate.
3.30pm: Symbio Passionfruit Yoghurt
7pm: Eye fillet, brocolli and cauliflower with butter and mashed potato.
Wednesday 6/4/2016
7am: Symbio Blueberry Yoghurt with Hubbards Strawberry and Vanilla Muesli and 1/2 a banana sliced.
12pm: Large Salad with chicken, capsicum, tomato, cucumber, feta and a little vinegarette. Piece of Chilli Chocolate.
4pm: A few Salt and Vinegar Peckish crackers with hummus.
7.30pm: Roast Chicken with kumera and pumpkin with green beans and gravy.

Thursday 7/4/2016

7am: Poached egg with leftover potato fried in butter with sauerkraut.
12pm: Leftover roast chicken and veggies.  Small Carrot muffin with butter.
4pm: Symbio Passionfruit Yoghurt
8pm: Fresh Gurnard pan-fried with couscous salad and Harissa yogurt dressing using the plain unsweetened symbio.  Piece of Sea Salt Chocolate.
Friday 8/4/2016
7am: Symbio Vanilla Bean Yoghurt with Hubbards Strawberry and Vanilla Muesli and 1/2 a banana sliced.
12pm: Leftover couscous salad with cranberries, broccoli and cashews.
3pm: A few Salt and Vinegar Peckish crackers with hummus. Piece of Chilli Chocolate.
7.30pm: Steak and Chips with a huge cucumber, feta and spinach salad.
Hot Chocolate with marshmallows and a piece of sea salt chocolate.

 

This is a pretty realistic view as to what I eat most the time just with the addition of the Symbio yoghurt, I do sometimes have yoghurt but not as often as I have had on this challenge and I’ve really enjoyed it, especially as an afternoon snack which I will likely keep up, i’ve been really enjoying it in the afternoons.  I can honestly say that I have noticed an improvement in my digestive health (without giving you TMI!!) which has been a pleasant surprise, I definitely recommend giving the Symbio Yoghurts a try.  Which leads me to a giveaway I’m doing over on my Facebook page, be sure to check it out…here! Below is a yummy Banana and Blueberry Chia seed pudding that I made the other day, so yummy and incredibly easy to make.

Banana and Blueberry Chia Pudding

  • 1 1/2 cups Coconut Milk or Cream (I used Trident)
  • Handful of Frozen Blueberries
  • 1 x 150gm pottle of Symbio Wholegrains + Blueberry Yoghurt
  • 1 very ripe banana
  • 2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
  • pinch of Salt

Blend all ingredients in a blender until sillky smooth.

Then add 1/3 cup chia seeds and place in jar and cover with glad wrap and let sit for at least 3 hours or overnight.

I like to serve mine with a little muesli on top, some shredded coconut and fresh blueberries!

Enjoy x

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