Food Fiber….Are you getting enough? Try my High Fiber Smoothie ….
Food fiber for healthykai health post

Food Fiber….Are you getting enough? Try my High Fiber Smoothie ….

What is fiber?

Dietary fiber is roughage and is the part of the plant that is not broken down by the body on consumption. Meaning it is not absorbed into the body like fats and proteins are.

Where is it found?

Fiber is in fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes and cereals.

What is the difference between soluble and insoluble?

Soluble ones forms a gel in water and help to lower cholesterol and sugar levels. It is in apples, carrots, psyllium husk and beans.

Insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water and is what aids with the passage of stool through the digestive tract and maintaining a healthy gut. It is in cauliflower, potatoes, nuts and whole wheat products.

How much fiber do we need per day?

Women need 25g and men need 38g.

Personally I found it quite hard to stick to these requirements for a day.

Here is how I got on , on a day when I consciously tried to add extra fiber to my meals:

I had an apple, kiwi fruit and banana for breakfast = 2.4 + 3 + 2.6 =8g

Lunch was a wrap with half an avocado and a cup of stirfry veg =4g + 3.5g + 8g = 15.5g

Dinner was brown rice and dahl = 3.5g + 15.5 = 19g

Total = 42.5g

Not too shabby!!



My tip add some daals to your diet. One cup of mung daal gives you a wopping 15.5g of roughage. Another tasty addition would be avocado which gives you 7g of roughage.

Another way to increase your fiber intake is to chuck all your fruit and veg into a blender and make a smoothie.

Try this Pineapple smoothie:

 

Food fiber for healthykai health post
Smoothie

Pineapple Smoothie Recipe:

Ingredients:

Swiss chard
Pineapple
Avocado
Chia seeds
Orange

Method:

  1. Add all the above to a blender
  2. Add some water to get the right consistency to drink.

This is so yum and it has 7 grams of fiber.

How do you get fiber into your meals?

Let me know…..

take care,

Kainaz

HealthyKai

Kia Ora! I am a big foodie, I live in Auckland and like to write about Food and Wellness. Please read my blog and drop me a line or ask me a question I would love to hear from you ...

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