One of the reasons I set up The Food Medic blog was to use it as a platform to show people that eating healthy, or eating ‘clean’, can be enjoyable and easy to incorporate into busy lifestyle. If you know me, or you follow me on social media, you know that i’m always busy and hardly have time to eat, let alone cook a meal! One way I can ensure that I get a healthy lunch, without sacrificing on flavour, is with Ryvita.
Ryvita are handing it over to you with their new campaign #myvita to experiment with different Ryvita flavours, explore different topping combinations, and unleash your inner Heston Bummental. Share your unique Ryvita recipes on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag #MyVita and you will be automatically entered into a competition to win an amazing prize. The competition will run for a month and the winner will receive either £1,000 in cash or a ‘lunch less ordinary’ experience of the same value – a trip to Paris on the Eurostar for lunch at a fantastic Parisian restaurant!
In light of their #MyVita campaign, i’ve been in the kitchen playing around with different flavour combinations to top my Ryvita with!
Here are some of my favourite combinations which my give you some inspiration to make your own!
Mediterranean herb Ryvita crispbread topped with proscuito wrapped asparagus tips and quark
Hint of Chilli Ryvita crispbread topped with smashed avocado, lime and strawberry
Fruit crunch Ryvita crispbread topped with feta cheese, pomegranate seeds and mint
Apple and cinnamon Ryvita crispbread topped with organic almond butter, apple and agave nectar.
Health benefits of Rye
In addition to loading your Ryvita crisp breads with your favourite, healthy ingredients, the crisp bread itself is actually loaded with it’s own health benefits. Per serving, Ryvita are also low in calories so can help to support weight loss, or simply maintenance of a healthy diet.
High in Fibre
Rye is the main ingredient in Ryvita. Like wheat, oats, and barley, it is a whole grain cereal which means it includes all parts of the grain from the bran (outer layer), endosperm (energy rich middle) and the germ (nutritious core). As the grain is unrefined, a part from removing the inedible husk, they are a fantastic source of fibre which aids digestion and promotes gut health.
Low saturated fat
Most people separate fats into good (unsaturated) and bad fats (saturated fats and trans fats). Saturated fats show an association with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, mainly due to cholesterol raising effects. With that said,there are about 24 different types of saturated fats, and not all of them negatively affect our health. For example, coconut oil is a saturated fat and has been shown to actually boost our good cholesterol. However as a general rule, choose unsaturated fats over saturated fats, and try to avoid trans fats where possible. Sources of unsaturated fat include avocado, nuts, olive oil and oily fish.
Rye is high in the B vitamins thiamine and folic acid, and is a source of riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid and vitamin B6. Thiamine, also known as B1, is essential for maintaining nerve health and cognitive function. Malnourished individuals often present with thiamine deficiency because we do not store thiamine in the body, so optimal brain and nerve function depends on adequate dietary intake.
Magnesium acts as a co-factor for over 300 chemical reactions in the body, including playing a major role in the excitability of nerves and muscle. Athletes often soak in magnesium salt baths as they not only help you to relax, but also sooth muscle ache after exercise.
Ryvita crisp breads are a source of iron, offering approximately 15% of your recommended daily intake. Iron is an essential element in blood, forming part of haemoglobin, the protein which transports oxygen to all the cells in the body. Low iron levels can lead to a condition known as anaemia which most commonly presents as tiredness and fatigue.
Zinc helps to promote healthy hair, skin and nails as it plays an important role in tissue healing and collagen formation. Zinc has also been shown to improve bone health and recent studies have been looking at the therapeutic use of zinc supplementation in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis.
For more information visit www.Ryvita.co.uk