Fibre is an important part of a healthy diet, but did you know that all fibres aren’t made equal?
Dietary fibre is a non-digestible carbohydrate found in plants. Also known as insoluble fibre, it passes through your digestive tract largely intact, which helps to slow down the absorption of sugar and, in turn, aids in improving blood sugar levels. Get your daily fix through foods like wheat bran, vegetables, and whole grains.
Functional – or soluble – fibre, on the other hand, includes non-digestible carbohydrates found in oat bran, nuts, seeds, beans, lentils, and some fruits and vegetables. It attracts water and forms a gel when ingested, which aids in digestion for a happy, healthy tummy. What’s more, it can also help lower risk of heart disease!
With the trend of healthier eating on the rise, we’ve compiled a collection of recipes chock full of fibre to aid you in the journey of better-for-you dining.
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- Moroccan harvest platter with spice-roasted carrots, lamb and millet
- Lemony cauliflower and sweet potato salad with crunchy mange tout peas
- Spring-chicken pie
- Moist carrot cakes
- Herby chickpea patties with Greek yoghurt
- Chicken and lentil soup
- Portobello mushroom burger and chips
Fuel me up recipes
Spice for life
Good to know: This dish contains healthier carbohydrate options and is high in fibre (with the combination of millet and chickpeas, as well as vegetables and nuts).
Twist on an old classic
A spring in your step
Good to know: with less than a quarter of the kilojoules of traditional chicken pie as well as more more heart-healthy monounsaturated fat and fibre, this pie is guaranteed to become a new favourite.
Have your cake and eat it, too
Good to know: chickpeas are packed full of protein, fibre, manganese and folate, so they’re a great addition to any recipe.
Good to know: lentils are packed with soluble fibre, which lowers the GI value of this soup.
Good to know: mushrooms contain 3,3g per 100g of protein – more than most vegetables. They’re also low in carbs and kilojoules and full of fibre!