Friday, April 16, 2010

Add fibre with ease.

Yesterday, my number one tip was to eat more fibre, and it really isn't difficult.

A high-fibre cereal for breakfast - oats, muesli or bran. A forty to fifty gram serving of any of these with 1/2 a cup of fat free milk and 1/2 cup of fat free yoghurt, sprinkled with a little powdered cinnamon, makes a great start to the day.

A whole grain bread sandwich for lunch: two slices of bread (or a roll) stuffed with lettuce, tomato and cucumber slices, cress, 1/4 of an avocado pear, spread with mustard and/or low fat mayo. Add a hard boiled egg or a thin slice of ham or cheese for protein. Serve this with some home-made, broth-based vegetable soup, if you like - chunky or smooth.

Dinner: at least two fresh vegetables (carrots, broccoli, butternut, spinach, mixed salad, whatever - I like to combine different coloured vegetables on my plate) with brown rice, barley or beans as your starch. Try and stick with chicken or fish as your animal protein source. They are lower in saturated fats than red meats.
Check out the dinner recipes I post here: there is a new recipe every day.

Snacks: choose from fresh fruit, nuts and seeds.

And drink plenty of fluids (preferably water). All that extra fibre needs lots of water to digest.

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