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What do nutritionists agree are the best components of a healthy breakfast?

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The breakfast brigade falls into two camps. One called carbs and one called protein. Every morning they battle it out, one side crying out that carbs are evil whilst the other rallies against fat, meat and cholesterol. Its an age old argument and serves no purpose other than to highlight the fact that what we eat is a hugely personal thing. And therefore divisive.

As with most things, there are the extremes and there is balance. Two sides to every story.

We set out to investigate the battles behind breakfast, and here’s what we found to be the best components of a healthy breakfast.

The components of a healthy breakfast

For a start, not everything is black and white. The days of Atkins and a pound of bacon for breakfast are behind us. Even the Paleo crowd understand that the salt content of bacon and sausages makes them an “every other Sunday” special. Yet not all protein comes from animal sources, or with a hearty dose of salt and saturated fat, just as not all carbs will send you into a diabetic coma.

We researched dozens of articles and found that nutritionists, on the whole, agree on two things. The first is that refined carbs and sugar, excessive saturated fat, and salt have no place on the healthy breakfast menu. The second is that wholegrains, fruit and veg, proteins and healthy fats most definitely do.

The basic message is to include something from each of the five food groups.

What are the five food groups?

  • Starchy foods – provide essential energy
  • Fruit and veg – for vitamins, minerals and other phytochemicals
  • Dairy – a good source of calcium
  • Protein – essential for growth and repair
  • Fat – provides essential fatty acids

Yet within these groups some foods are better for our health and more nutrient dense than others. Refined carbs such as white bread and sugar will cause blood sugar and insulin levels to rise. With excess energy that is stored as fat. Too much saturated fat in the diet may lead to heart attacks and stroke, whilst excess salt can lead to water retention and cause a rise in blood pressure. Even vegans love bacon, which is why fake bacon exists, but you don’t want it as your daily driver.

So that basic message can be narrowed down a little further. Stick to foods as close to their natural state as possible.

So, what does a balanced breakfast look like?

According to most of the experts, a balanced healthy breakfast is composed of…

  1. A serving of wholegrains
  2. A portion, or two, of fruit.
  3. A serving of dairy, or other high calcium equivalent.

Additional fats and proteins can be added depending on your needs.

It varies, but on average that is 30g wholegrains, 150g fruit, and 100g yoghurt or 250ml milk. It turns out that cereal and milk for breakfast is a good thing.

Wholegrains

wholegrain cereals

Wholegrains are less refined than say white wheat flour or instant oats. With their natural structure more intact, they provide plenty of fibre and offer greater nutritional value. The fibre helps to slow down the release of sugars into the bloodstream and encourages digestive transit. Some wholegrains, such as oats, contain soluble fibre that further lessens the impact on blood sugar.

Wholegrains include wholewheat, spelt, oats, barley, rye, buckwheat, bulghur and brown rice. Collectively known as cereals, the group also contains some pseudo grains such as millet and quinoa.

Fruit

fruit for breakfast

One of the major components of a healthy breakfast, fruit contains fibre as well as lots of healthy vitamins, minerals, and a range of hugely beneficial phytochemicals. Yes fruit contains sugars, but packaged as they are in their natural unprocessed form the benefits outweigh the downsides. Fibre in fruit helps to slow down the uptake of sugars, as does the other components of a healthy breakfast.

Blueberries and raspberries, in fact all berries, are superfoods in their own right that work particularly well for breakfast. Bananas provide quick and slow release energy alongside essential vitamins and minerals. Grated apple, one of the ingredients of a classic Bircher muesli,  is also good for breakfast.

Dairy

dairy for breakfast

With the rise of veganism, dairy is a bone of contention right now. There are alternatives available, with varying nutritional profiles, and we will discuss them at length in a further post. Suffice to say that dairy foods are still considered the number one dietary source of calcium, and non-plant protein. Especially when it comes to breakfast.

Milk and yoghurt go hand in hand with healthy breakfast cereals, providing not only calcium but vitamin A, D, and B vitamins as well as calcium, potassium and phosphorus. A source of essentially fatty acids, and protein, dairy foods do deliver for breakfast.

Adding protein

Protein is considered ideal for breakfast. Essential for growth and repair, it also keeps us feeling fuller for longer so less likely to snack in between meals. Eggs are an ideal source of protein for breakfast, and are great for switching it up when we have more time to prepare and linger over breakfast. A cooked breakfast of eggs means we can enjoy vegetables as a change from fruit, and have spinach, mushrooms, or tomatoes without them feeling out of place.

You can of course eat anything you like at any time of day. The goalposts of breakfast have certainly moved. But one thing about breakfast is that for many of us it needs to be really quick and super easy. Which is why the cereal/fruit/dairy combo fits so well.

There are other ways to add protein to your breakfast. Some yoghurt has higher protein content than others. Nuts are also excellent sources of protein. Protein powders, both dairy and plant, are also popular.

Including healthy fats

Many of the ingredients in a good granola contain healthy fats, as do chia seeds and flax seeds. Adding nuts also increases intake of essential fatty acids as well as protein; why not try a spoonful of homemade nut butter with your breakfast?

Healthy breakfast cereal

components of a healthy breakfast

When it comes to eating wholegrains for breakfast, for most of us that means breakfast cereal. We have already talked about refined carbs and sugars for breakfast, but watch out as some wholegrain cereals still come with a load of sugar. A healthy breakfast cereal has plenty of fibre and is low in added sugar. Look for high quality versions of granola and muesli, and try overnight oats or hot porridge. Variety really is key so try not to have the same thing everyday. Sometimes though, a routine is the only way that many of us get the nutrients we need. So if eating the same bowl of porridge with berries or granola with banana makes the difference between breakfast or no breakfast then totally have at it.

Is granola healthy?

A healthy granola such as our Roasted Almond Crunch, is a great breakfast for many reasons. Not least that it is quick and easy to prepare and to eat. The best granola does not have too much sugar, is usually oat based, and comes with plenty of other nutrient dense goodies. Watch out for those that have too much sugar, too much fat, and not enough of the good bits like nuts and extra fruit. You can also consider granola bars and bliss balls. Just aim to get a portion or two of fruit too okay? As demand increases, gluten-free granola is more widely available.

Is muesli healthy?

Muesli is essentially granola without the fat that is used to make it crunchy. Some healthy muesli may have less sugar than granola, or contain no sugar at all. But do read the label, some mainstream commercial muesli will contain sugar as well as milk powder. If it makes the milk sweeter and creamier then it probably does.

10 benefits of eating a healthy breakfast every day

  1. Breakfast restores energy levels. With more energy you are likely to move more throughout the day.
  2. Replenishes nutrient levels after the period of fasting whilst asleep.
  3. Eating breakfast makes it more likely you will reach your five a day.
  4. A healthy breakfast will help regulate hunger, preventing snacking through the morning.
  5. Breakfast is the easiest way to get more fibre into your diet.
  6. Increased focus. Studies show that eating a healthy breakfast enhances mental performance.
  7. Breakfast boosts metabolism so you burn calories more efficiently throughout the day.
  8. Your blood sugar levels will be more stable.
  9. Eating breakfast allows for better weight control.
  10. Increased vitality creates a positive feedback loop. Feel better. Be better.

It is not difficult to achieve the components of a healthy breakfast, in fact you are more likely to eat breakfast if it is quick and easy. Once you discover the benefits, you will have formed a healthy habit for life.

Explore our range of healthy granola, or shop online for your healthy breakfast cereal at our bulk food store.

Toasted Cranberry Granola An Easy Healthy Breakfast

Toasted Cranberry granola is an easy healthy breakfast cereal. Australia’s Mulberry Tree brand produces healthy breakfast cereals and our Toasted Cranberry granola is popular as a tasty, crunchy and quick breakfast. This product has won a gold medal at the International Great Taste Awards in UK.
Our Toasted Cranberry granola is regarded as a healthy breakfast cereal which is simply quick and easy to make. Toasted Cranberry is rich in protein, fiber, minerals, vitamin E and more. It can be eaten with milk, or almond milk and best topped with yogurt, fresh fruits or seeds and super-food toppings from the Boost Nutrients range.

The main ingredients of Toasted Cranberry Granola are organic rolled oats, triticale, dried cranberries, currants, water, raisin, molasses, pepitas, almonds, coconut flakes, apple, raw cashews, organic wholemeal flour, syrup, agave, honey, pecans, cinnamon, and ground cloves. A low sugar product, it contains no artificial preservatives, colors or sweeteners and it has no bleached flour. It is marketed in a foil lined pack which is sealed with a zip reseal to keep freshness.

Our delicious granola recipe is tasty and extra healthy, when we combine the tastes and textures of chopped nuts or seeds, bee pollen, pea protein etc.

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Roasted Almond Crunch Perfect for the Acai Bowl

Roasted Almond Crunch is a crunchy low sugar granola product of Mulberry Tree, a wholesale granola brand. Our Roasted Almond Crunch granola is super crunchy as well as a tasty base served in many cafes around Australia. It is perfect for the Acai Bowl and ideal for a healthy breakfast or snack.

It is also a favorite snack food for kids. Roasted almond crunch is basically a double-baked cluster of granola with coconut and almonds. It is a low sugar granola and loaded with wholefood ingredients.

However, roasted almond crunch is a vegan granola therefore, it is suitable for those people who eat vegan in healthy cereals. Roasted almond crunch is rich in protein, vitamin E, magnesium as well as potassium that aid to flow nutrients and oxygen freely within the body.  This great granola helps to lower cholesterol level, blood pressure and many more.

Mulberry Tree provides different varieties of Granola and Muesli which are easy healthy breakfast cereals that are delicious as well as less time-consuming.

Toasted Cranberry Granola Nutritious and Healthy Cereal

Toasted Cranberry is a nutritious and healthy granola product by Mulberry Tree a well-established Australian muesli company. Mulberry Tree is a manufacturer and  wholesale granola distributor as well as online direct to the public suppliers of Australia.  Mulberry Tree is a subsidiary of Opera Foods both owned and conducted by an Australian family business.

Our Toasted Cranberry granola is a very nutritious cereal that is easy and quick to make scrumptious recipes. It is rich in protein, and Low GI carbohydrate ingredients, that with give you a sustained boost to your day .

The main ingredients of toasted cranberry granola are rolled oats, dried cranberries, triticale, dried currants, water, raisin, molasses, almonds, pepitas, coconut flakes, apple, raw cashews, organic whole flour, agave, honey, syrup, pecans, cinnamon, ground cloves and many more. Toasted Cranberry granola can be eaten with milk, fresh fruit as well as yogurt. The product has won a gold medal at an international great taste award.

This great granola product is on specials this month at Opera Foods

Roasted Almond Crunch is Delicious crunchy Granola Perfect for Acai Bowl

Roasted almond crunch by Mulberry Tree is tasty with crunchy granola clusters. This roasted almond crunch is good for the diet. This is quite known in Australian cafes for a main acai bowl ingredient. It can be eaten with milk, almond milk, fresh fruits and yogurt.

Roasted almond crunch contains protein, fiber, minerals and vitamins. It is a healthy whole food breakfast, and it contains no preservatives. It can be repacked into the respective sealed container after it is unpacked for keeping it fresh and crunchy.Best of all its a LOW SUGAR granola.

The ingredients of roasted almond crunch are rolled oats, wholemeal flour, high oleic sunflower oil, sunflower seeds, agave syrup, natural almonds, castor sugar, coconut flakes, cinnamon, natural maple flavour and salt.

Roasted almond crunch is a 1kg pack which is quite popular among whole food healthy cereals. We supply products to respective retailers in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney. We deliver products directly from our web stores to consumers.

Find the best granola in Roasted Almond Crunch. We are the manufacturers,and suppliers to cafes and independent grocers as well as to frozen acai berry distributors in Australia.

Visit our online store to know more about the product. Buy roasted almond crunch and get online discounts now.

Crispy Apple Paleo A Gluten Free Muesli Nice Benefits

Crispy apple paleo is a product of Mulberry Tree. Whilst it is primarily a paleo muesli or granola it is also a gluten-free muesli or granola. Mulberry Tree is a wholesale granola manufacturer as well as a subsidiary of wholesale food suppliers in Australia. The business was established in the year of 1988 in Australia. The company produces a wide range of muesli from natural wholefood ingredients including dried fruits, grains, and nuts. It can be available in a independent grocery retailers in Australia and people can buy it direct from our online store.

People can make several kinds of authentic breakfast cereal dishes with the help of crispy apple paleo including apple galette, where it makes a nice sprinkle topping. Mulberry Tree manufactures a wide range of other granola and muesli products. Crispy apple paleo is a healthy paleo granola that does not include cereal grains and so remains a gluten free granola that is tasty and crunchy  and chewy.
The products is distributed in Australia by parent company Opera Foods.

Toasted Honey Macadamia is an exotic toasted granola

Wholesale Granola and Muesli products of Mulberry Tree represent the absolute best of nature. All our products are hand-prepared using the best quality ingredients from Australia’s sun drenched farmlands. You can try our Muesli packs to start your day with sustained energy.

Our Toasted Honey Macadamia is an exotic toasted granola which is mixed with different nuts like grains, dried fruits, honey & spices. It is one of the healthiest breakfast cereals which is so convenient to prepare and cook.

Mulberry Tree is a wholesale supplier of crunchy Granolas and Muesli in Australia. They are a wholly-owned subsidiary of Opera Foods Pty Ltd, Muesli brands Australia. We produce a wide range of Muesli using the mixture of a different array of fruits and nuts like roasted almonds, toasted cranberries, and toasted macadamia.

Order your favorite Granola and Muesli pack from Mulberry tree to begin your morning with a renewed energy and strength.

Do you love granola products? Are you interested in reselling Granola? Kindly contact Mulberry Tree, we are the key wholesale granola suppliers of Australia.

Benefits of Having Crispy Apple Paleo as a Breakfast Meal

A paleo diet provides the perfect healthy balance to the immune system of our body and energizes our mind. They have a wide range of benefits like maintaining the sugar intake on our regular diets, weight loss and helps people with diabetes to a great extent. The Paleo breakfast products are made up of natural wholefoods which are processed from certified HACCP premises.

The Crispy Apple Paleo is made up of a mixture of different high protein seed,  and dry fruits. The ingredients used in making a packet of Crispy Apple Paleo are Dried Apples, Dried Cranberries, Dried Apple, shredded coconut, Pepitas, etc.

Mulberry Tree offers crunchy wholesale Granola and Muesli for your perfect breakfast diet. We deliver healthy breakfast cereal to retailers in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane overnights.

Toasted Cranberry A Healthy Quick Breakfast Cereal

Toasted Cranberry Granola by Mulberry Tree is a natural whole food mix. It is a mixture of toasted granola with sweet and tangy cranberries. Mulberry Tree is a granola company favorite in high-quality superfood because our products are mostly made from wholefood ingredients. The Toasted Cranberry Granola is scrumptious oven-toasted granola; it is then laced with cranberries, apple, raisins, and almonds. The best way to enjoy the meal is by soaking it in fresh milk with added fresh fruits and yogurt.

Mulberry Tree is a label brand of Opera Foods a wholesale granola supplier. We offer crunchy granola and muesli for a healthy cereal breakfast.

All our products are packed in reusable zip zeal packs to retain the freshness with no added artificial preservatives. We deliver products to retailers and consumers direct from our online warehouse in NSW. Visit us to check out more details about our products along with huge discounts on your first order.

5 Healthy Standout Granola Products In Our Online Store

Granola has always been merited as one of the “healthiest breakfast cereal” among the superfoods. Granola is a type of breakfast cereal which is made up by combining nuts, grain oats, seeds and dried fruits. They are a good source of healthy fats, the monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids help in the lowering of blood pressure and cholesterol.

Mulberry Tree has been a standout brand among other famous granola brands in Australia over the years. Each variation of Granola or muesli which is available in our online store has different nutritional value thus making it exceptional in many cases. But all our granola products are rich in minerals and vitamins which results in good functionality of the nervous system of our body. It also improves cell growth and increases the energy metabolism of the immune system.

Our Delicious crunchy granola products are; Crispy Apple Paleo, Roasted Almond Crunch Granola, Toasted Cranberry Granola, and Toasted Honey & Macadamia Granola. They are tasty and crunchy, to sum up, your healthy morning breakfast. We produce high-quality gourmet Granola & Muesli. Check out our online store to get detailed knowledge about each product.

Mulberry Tree is a wholesale granola supplier to cafes and consumers in Australia through our parent company wholesale manufacturer/supplier Opera Foods.