Are you filling up on fibre? Or are you, like many, getting less than the recommended 30g daily intake? Well, fear not. With fibre a hot topic in the world of nutrition at the moment, we decided to dig a little deeper and highlight our fave high fibre foods that are really worth adding to your shopping list. They’re versatile, delicious and, best of all, they’ll help cram in all that fibre-y goodness.
But, wait. What are the benefits of a fibre diet and why do we need it?
- It helps maintain digestive and bowel health
- It lowers cholesterol levels
- It helps control blood sugar levels
- It helps maintain a healthy weight and also assists in weight loss (as it keeps you feeling fuller for longer, meaning you’re less likely to over-eat)
Now that’s settled, here’s our must-have high fibre foods!
If you’re a health and fitness enthusiast, you’ll be familiar with chia seeds. A huge hit with the health conscious, these tiny black seeds are highly nutritious, containing 34.4g of fibre per 100g! They’re also packed full of magnesium, phosphorus and calcium - who needs a multi-vit when these guys are around! But, how do you eat them, you ask? Dust them over your porridge or yoghurt for added texture and substance. You can also buy them in powder form, perfect for blitzing into shakes and smoothies.
Cheap, wholesome and nutritious, lentils really have got it all! With 7.9g of fibre per 100g, thicken up your soups, curries and stews with this versatile legume for a dish that’ll leave you feeling fuller for longer.
Bet you never imagined we’d be telling you to chow down on dark chocolate in order to boost your fibre intake! Believe it or not, dark chocolate actually has 10.9g of fibre per 100g, making it a great way to up your fibre intake while still having a bit of a sweet treat. We’d recommend choosing a dark chocolate with 70% or more cocoa, as this will avoid consuming additional sugar. Or why not grab one of our dark chocolate Carb Killa® bars? Dark Chocolate Raspberry is a must for an indulgent treat.
Don’t under estimate the power of a handful of almonds. Simple yet delicious, almonds are packed full of nutrients and vitamins including manganese, magnesium and vitamin E. They’re also full of healthy fats and fibre – 12.5g per 100g, infact! Eat them as a midday snack or add them to foods such as breads and cakes for added fibre.
Usually famed for their high amount of healthy fat (and ability to make the perfect Instagram-worthy breakfast, obvs) but, guess what? Avocados are packed full of fibre too, which is why they’re ideal for a super satisfying, filling morning meal. Smash onto toast with eggs and salmon, blitz into a delicious guac or simply spoon into your mouth for instant, avo satisfaction.