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Wish I’d done this long ago...
1 December 2018
A while ago, I decided to make a few tweaks to my diet, basically to help settle a seemingly persistently dodgy stomach, cut down the snacking and to try to give me a bit more energy.
One of the simple changes I made (and probably the one with the single greatest personal benefit to me) was to look to increase sources of fibre in my diet. This has made a huge difference and was so simple do.
Fibre is basically just carbohydrates that the digestive enzymes in your gut can’t break down, so they pass through your body without being absorbed, so they don’t raise blood sugar or affect insulin levels like other forms of carbohydrates, which are absorbed. Fibre aids digestion by feeding the helpful bugs in your gut, amongst several other benefits.
In addition to eating a bit of all bran for brekkie (with a few raspberries, blueberries or strawberries), which really helped stop the mid-morning munchie cravings, switching to whole grain bread and rice and making sure I got more higher fibre fruit and veg (and a few nuts) into my diet (pretty much anything is good, but the very best fruit tend to be things like mango, berries, persimmon and figs, etc and best veg tend to the darker colour types - so, broccoli, beets, beans (things like kidney, lima and pinto), with artichokes have probably the most fibre that I’ve seen, per serving)
In terms of seeds, this is where these little beauties come in and were a bit of a revelation to me. They are versatile and easy to use, naturally filling, aid digestion are a super-duper source of fibre (they are about 30% fibre). (In addition, they are also a great source of omega-3 (ALA) as well as iron and contain about as many anti-oxidants, per serving, as blueberries!). I have added a photo a the end which shows the nutritional info on the back of the packet.
For those not familiar, these are about the size of poppy seeds (so really small) and like poppy seeds don’t have any real taste, so are great to add to cooking, without changing the flavour.
Their party piece is that they absorb a lot of water, so are great to fortify milks (which tend not have any fibre) including almond and coconut and, of course, they are great to use in smoothies! Also go well with plain yogurt (a favourite of mine with some added fruit!). You can also add them to make breads, muffins and cakes, in addition to using them to thicken soups and stews... the list goes on and on. (There are hundreds of recipes for their use on line).
These come in a sturdy, resealable packet, (with more than a one year “use by” window), so are easy to store.
You can buy these in the shops, but to be honest, I thought they were very expensive for the amount offered. This is much better value, at about a quarter of the price I’ve seen in my local supermarket.
A really great, health improving, product.