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Balance Me: Starting the day with Graham’s The Family Dairy

Are you starting the day right? This is a question l have asked myself many times, especially being a super active person wanting to be the best version of myself and pushing myself to conquer new heights day after day and ensuring I upkeep the stamina to do that.

Even something as simple as choosing what to eat goes a long way. l believe strongly that the food that we put into our body really accounts for a big part of how our day will go, especially being aware of the process of how these foods will fuel us throughout our daily routines. As a very active person I need to ensure that what I put into my body is nourishing it and will help keep me going in all weathers and no matter how long the trek or task ahead of me is. I need to be mentally and physically sharp and bounce back quickly if I get any knocks. 

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I have been working alongside Grahams The Family Dairy for some time so when they asked me to be involved with their Balance Me Campaign, it was an easy yes. During this campaign Graham`s sent me their latest high protein products; Skyr, Protein 22 and Protein 40 milk. All delicious products with benefits for my body and great to enjoy while staying on track with my active lifestyle. 

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I am a mountaineer and photographer who spends a lot of time in the mountains climbing, hiking, guiding or creating content. I’m also used to a physical regime from being an ex ice hockey player. Alongside working out in the gym, l climb 3-4 times a week, and run an average of about 10k 3-4 times a week, and most importantly always making plenty of time for walking my dog Nacho. As you have probably guessed l am extremely active, but anyone can make small changes to their diet or routine to have a healthier more balanced lifestyle. We each have things we can do to balance ourselves in a way that’s right for us. 

Lets talk about when l wake up in the morning... what do you think my routine is like? Well first things first like the farmers at Grahams, I’m up first thing to shape my day. I’m up at 5.30am, and drink a big glass of water, meditate for 20 minutes, get Nachos lead then head out for a 20-30min walk, get back and get Nachos breakfast ready which he is excited for, and of course mine. 

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Breakfast for me is the most important meal of any day, it literally sets you up for the day and its exactly what sets me on the right track to tackle whatever is ahead, and being a Scotsman l am a lover of porridge.  Now thanks to Grahams introducing me to their delicious Skyr Yogurt, which is available in seven delicious flavours, l have  started adding this to my porridge and I can definitely say it doesn't disappoint. 

Tristan’s Morning Porridge Recipe:

-50g Organic Oats
-350ml of Graham`s The Family Dairy Protein 40g Milk or Water (Your preference)
-Bring to boil on a low heat for 5/10 Minutes constantly keeping an eye and stirring so nothing sticks to the pot.
-While your porridge starts to become thicker now add half teaspoon of Organic Spirulina & half a teaspoon of Organic Turmeric powder
-Once your porridge is the consistency you like it either thick or runny (your preference), serve in a bowl and start adding ingredients to the top.
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-Two tablespoons of Graham`s The Family Dairy Skyr Natural Icelandic Yogurt
-Sprinkle a teaspoon of Bee pollen
-Sprinkle a tablespoon of Pumpkin Seeds
-Add a handful of fresh raspberries
-Sprinkle a teaspoon of Coconut Sugar

Now that I hope you have got a little adventurous with your breakfast and enjoyed a delicious porridge using some of Graham`s products, how else can you enjoy them? 

l decided to head into the Scottish Highlands taking with me some Protein 22 and Protein 40. 

On this journey l went to a beautiful part of the Highlands spending the evening in Corrie Fee next to two stunning Munros Driesh and Mayer, both extremely great hikes for any keen adventurer. The original plan was to camp on either Mayer or Driesh but unfortunately the winds were super high so l decided to set up camp right next to the river winding up the valley of Corrie fee tucked beneath a mound hiding away from the wind. 

(Short 360 video below of me in & out of my tent talking about Grahams Protein 22g Yoghurt)

l had wanted to camp here for a while and take some images of the starry skies above the mountains, The night certainly didnt disappoint. Even though it was windy with clouds overhead and not much visibility of the starry sky, being tucked away in the valley below the mountains with an almost full moon overhead while making some delicious Hot Chocolate using Protein 40g really pieced it together for me and it was still worth it. After a wonderful evening in the highlands it was time to head home.

l loved using Graham’s Skyr for my breakfast as it was not only tasty but high in protein, fat free and a great source of calcium which is great for your bones, tissue repair and keeping your body maintained

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The body doesn’t store protein like it does with fat or carbs, so it doesn’t have any emergency supply it can count on when lacking, so this is where Graham’s comes in handy, especially for me constantly on the move. Ensuring you have the right amount of protein as part of a balanced diet helps sustain you for longer, and without feeling sluggish. l love their Protein 22 purely because its a quick fix of protein (with 22g of natural protein per pot), lightweight to pack and light on the tummy when on the move, and the Protein 40 is super awesome, great for any protein shakes and porridge making, plus anything else you use your milk for but with the extra benefits of the protein boost and only 1% fat. Give it a go and see what you think. 

Thank you Grahams for letting me enjoy your products whilst on my latest adventure, and I look forward to seeing what you come out with next. :)