Source: Web exclusive: July 2008
You don’t have to eat high-fibre cereal or drink prune juice the way your parents did to get more fibre in your diet (although those are excellent ways). But you should make sure to get enough fibre every day—26 to 35 grams, according to the Canadian Diabetes Association. Fibre is an important component of maintaining a healthy digestive system, weight and immune system. High-fibre diets have been shown to help protect against heart disease and control blood sugar levels and may provide protection against cancer.
But are you really getting enough fibre? On average, Canadians come short, consuming only 4.5 to 11 grams of fibre daily. To help you increase your intake, we’ve pulled together some tasty high-fibre meals to add to your menu.
Like your pasta? You’ll love our recipe for Herbed Eggplant Lasagna. With 15 grams of fibre per serving, this veggie dish will blow you away.
If you prefer something lighter and are a fan of seafood, try our Scallops with Noodles and Ginger recipe. With 10 grams of fibre per serving, this seafood salad makes a nutritious, light and tasty lunch.
Another light meal idea, especially if you’re big on tapas, are Spicy Chicken Tostadas. A high-protein, low-fat solution, this scrumptious dish has 11 grams of fibre per serving and is suitable for brunch, lunch or dinner. Smaller portions make great snacks and appetizers.
Feeling carnivorous? Try our recipe for Hungarian Chicken Meatballs. It’s no surprise that this recipe is high in protein, but what is surprising is the 13 grams of fibre per serving hidden among the layers of flavour. Or, sink your teeth into some Old-Fashioned Shepherd’s Pie. Also high in protein, this meal boasts 11 grams of fibre per serving.
And just in case you’re feeling like a little something sweet when you’ve polished off your meal, have some Double Raspberry Sorbet. This refreshing low-fat dessert recipe is harbouring 10 grams of fibre per serving. Shhh, don’t tell anyone… they won’t believe you!
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