10 simple ways to get more fibre in your diet
- Avocado on toast: This is a favourite in the NR office - amazingly, half an avocado can contain as much as 6g of fibre. Or, if you’re not a fan of avocado, why not try nut butter and banana on toast? A medium-sized banana contains around 3g of fibre and, depending on your choice of nut butter, this can add an extra dose of fibre. Almond butter is the higher option, usually containing double the amount of peanut butter.
- Add a sprinkle of flaxseed: Two tablespoons of ground flax contains close to 2g of fibre. Add it on top of your cereal, stir it into a yoghurt or blend into your smoothie.
- Substitute normal bread for rye bread: Just one slice contains an average of 2g of fibre which is double the amount found in white bread.
- Stock up on soup: These are a much better option than fast food if you need to have a working lunch. Shop bought varieties can do the trick, but it’s so easy to make your own! Look for recipes containing peas, beans or lentils, which are rich in fibre and protein, so will fill you up for longer.
- Graze on popcorn: This is much better for you than munching down on a packet of crisps, and there is approximately 8g of fibre in the average sized bag.
- Keep a fruit and nut mix handy: If you get hungry throughout the day, then trail mix or dried fruit and nuts are great for snacking and contain high amounts of fibre. If you’re not a fan of the dried stuff, fresh fruit is always good to have to hand. One raw pear can give you 9g of fibre – a perfect snack for any time of the day.
- Cheers for the chia seed: These truly are a fibre-packed miracle. With a whopping 5g of fibre per tablespoon of chia seeds, they are perfect as a pudding mixed with almond milk or added as a topping to your granola.
- Rice on the wild side: Wild rice contains three times the fibre of the white variety. It’s also low in gluten and fats as well.
- Cook your veggies: Eating your vegetables raw means you are losing out on fibre. Cook them and you will take in an average of between 3g and 5g of fibre per serving. We prefer our veggies roasted - perfect for both summer and winter recipes!
- Use whole-wheat pasta: Tastes great and contains 5g of fibre on average per cup, as well as supplying you with more than 10% of the daily value for magnesium.
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