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10 EASY ways to boost your FIBRE intake each day

We all know we need more fibre in our diet, but how do we get more of it into our bodies?

Fibre is one of the most important nutrients in our body and the recommended intake is around 25g a day.

It helps our bowels function smoothly, and will help prevent and alleviate haemorrhoids. Fibre ensures our nutrients are absorbed effectively, and will help prevent and manage diabetes. It lowers blood cholesterol levels and helps excrete toxins.

To increase fibre intake, we need to adjust levels slowly to let the body adapt to the increased levels as too much too soon can cause digestive discomfort.

10 EASY ways to boost your FIBRE intake each day

Here are 10 simple ways to boost your fibre intake

1. Drink more water

10 EASY ways to boost your FIBRE intake each day

One of the best ways to keep fibre moving through your digestive system is to drink a lot of water, at least eight or more classes a day.

2. Eat more fruit and vegetables

10 EASY ways to boost your FIBRE intake each day

Fruits and vegetables are full of fibre. In fact, black beans, artichokes, peas, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, raspberries and blackberries are some of the most high-fibre foods.

However, cold-pressed juices have been stripped of fibre so don’t constitute fresh fruit and veg for juice alternatives.

3. Eat veggies before a meal

10 EASY ways to boost your FIBRE intake each day

By eating all the veggies on your plate first, you’re more likely to consume more of them, a recent study found.

4. Have cereals that contain barley, wheat or oats

10 EASY ways to boost your FIBRE intake each day

Compared to other popular breakfast cereals, those that contain barely, wheat or oats contain a lot more fibre in them.

5. Switch to wholemeal or multigrain bread and brown rice

10 EASY ways to boost your FIBRE intake each day

Wholegrain and wholemeal foods are high in dietary fibre in comparison to those made of white carbs.

6. Snack on dried fruits

10 EASY ways to boost your FIBRE intake each day

Dried fruit contains up to 3.5 times the fibre of fresh fruit. Some fruits, such as prunes, are a great laxative effect.

7. Snack on avocados

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Did you know that half an avocado has around 5g of fibre in it. Avos has also been linked to healthy heart health as well.

8. Eat potatoes with their skins on

10 EASY ways to boost your FIBRE intake each day

Baked potatoes or boiled potatoes contain more fibre than peeled ones. The same can be said for other fruits and vegetables.

9. Switch meat for legumes

Spiced Roast Pumpkin, Chorizo & Lentil Tagine

Instead of making stews using beef or lamb, switch them for fibre-filled lentils, split peas and kidney beans.

Get the recipe for our Spiced Roast Pumpkin, Chorizo & Lentil Tagine here.

10. Try our yummy Double-Chock Snack Bars

Double-Choc Snack Bar

The Healthy Mummy Double-Choc Snack Bars are a nutritious snack that contains protein and an excellent source of your daily fibre.

Purchase them here.

Why is fibre so good for us?

High fibre choc orange nut bites

High Fibre Choc Orange Nut Bites

Love the combination of chocolate and orange? As a member of the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge you’ll have access to recipes such as Choc Orange Fudge, Easy Choc Orange Mousse and even Choc Orange Overnight Oats.

For the full recipe click here.

Learn more helpful tips on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge

Our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge is an affordable, customisable program designed to help mums reach their weight loss goals and tackle their health.

Our Challenge entails:

  • 28 days of at home exercise routines (no gym needed) – with video instruction
  • Customisable and breastfeeding friendly meal plans
  • Time-efficient exercises for busy mums – under 30 mins
  • Challenge combines Pilates exercises with interval and circuit training (HIIT)
  • Suitable for basic to advanced fitness levels
  • Home to thousands of EASY-TO-MAKE recipes!

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Jennifer Hartnett

Jennifer is our Senior News Producer with a passion for trending news and lifestyle stories. Jennifer spends the rest of her time running around after her son Kian.