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Gut health, microbiome and the benefits of a fibre-rich diet


Β These little beauties are packed with fibre

Something most of us need more of. Current recommendations are to eat 30g of fibre a day. As a nation we eat around half that.

But what is fibre? And why should we eat so much of it?

Also known as roughage, it’s the part of plant-based foods - grains, fruit, veggies, nuts, and beans - that the body can't break down. Fibre passes through the body undigested and helps keep our digestive system healthy.

It not only keeps us regular, it's super gut-friendly as it feeds our gut microbiota. According to the latest science, gut health is the key to a better immune system, a healthy weight and improved mental health.

The key to helping you find yourΒ #enerjoy!

Here’s a few tips on how to boost your fibre intake (in addition to your Go Bites of course!)

🌽 πŸ… Eat a variety of different wholegrains, fruit & veg, pulses & beans, nuts & seeds. Make your 5 a day a minimum target, and go for a mix of different foods. Make life more exciting anyway!Β 

🌢 Make vegetables the focal point of your meals rather than meat.

🍏 Snack on fruit, nuts and pulses (eg hummus and carrot sticks!)

πŸ₯œ Healthy snacks which contain dried fruit and nuts such as Kate Percy's Go Bites are great for the gut as they're really high in fibre and also count as 1 of your 5

πŸ₯£ Sprinkle flaxseed on your cereal or add to smoothies - flaxseed is an amazing superfood and fantastic news for your gut health! I like Yum and Yay's Golden Flaxseed.

πŸ§‚ Roasted chickpeas! Drain a tin of chickpeas, arrange them on a baking tray, toss with a little oil, salt, pepper and your favourite spices and roast in the oven for 30 minutes. Delicious!

🍲 Nourish your body with homemade veggie soups - butternut squash, pumpkin, sweet potato, spinach etc are all great choices. Try this Pea and Mint Soup; easy-peasy, very delicious and packed with fibre. 


Watch out for over-processed foods and refined white bread, including junk food takeaways and the ever more popular 'vegan junk'; too much of this stuff won’t make you feel good!

I hope that helps. There are plenty of fibre-packed recipes over on Cook With Kate. Let me know if you have any questions!

Kate


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