Despite its recognized health benefits, most Canadians only get half the recommended daily fibre intake. One of this year’s hottest food trends, fibre keeps our digestive systems running smoothly. But what most don’t know is it has also been shown to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, assist with weight management and mitigates the risk of Type 2 Diabetes by improving blood sugar levels.
The recommended daily fibre intake is 38 grams for men and 25 grams for women. Getting your daily dose is easy with these creative hacks to incorporate fibre into foods you love.
Go beyond breakfast. Consuming enough fibre doesn’t end with breakfast. Top up your daily fibre intake by blending, filling or coating your favourite breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack dishes with high-fibre foods. Picky eaters will love crispy chicken or fish coated with fibre-rich grains or cereals.
Add a high-fibre cereal to your diet. One easy way to get the fibre boost you need is incorporating Kellogg’s All-Bran cereal into your diet. Just a half-cup of the original cereal or one-third a cup of the buds delivers half the recommended daily intake.
Get inspired. Go online to find the perfect recipe for you and your loved ones — there’s something for every palate. Plus, recipes with fibre-rich foods can easily be modified to accommodate vegetarian and vegan preferences and many other dietary restrictions. Celebrity chef Elizabeth Falkner’s recipes are a great place to start — she’s recently created surprisingly high-fibre meal ideas that don’t compromise on taste.
Find high-fibre recipe ideas including Falkner’s at www.allbran.ca.