Discover these five fibre-rich breakfast ideas which will help you maintain good gut health!
Intermittent fasting has been all the rage this year, meaning breakfast is now being overlooked by many people. But in terms of good gut health, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
Looking after your gut is crucial to your overall wellness. This is because how we digest food is linked to our behaviour, weight, hormone balance and even immunity. Therefore, it’s essential we eat a sufficient amount of fibre, prebiotics, probiotics and nutrients to ensure our gut functions to the best of its ability.
Intermittent fasting or skipping meals makes it difficult to get a sufficient amount of fibre, prebiotics and nutrients you need to keep your gut healthy. Breakfast is a great opportunity to pack in extra fibre and nutrients as it helps to keep satisfied through the morning, making you less likely to snack, whilst also keeping your gut happy & healthy!
Fibre is fantastic for maintaining good gut health. A 2017 study discovered that there is a direct correlation between our intake of fibre at the production of microbes in our gut. Fibre aids the production of microbes in our gut, helping to lower inflammation throughout the body whilst also aiding digestion!
It’s easy to get stuck in a rut with breakfast ideas, but with a bit of preparation and inspiration, you can keep your breakfast options healthy, diverse and delicious. Read on and discover these 5 breakfast ideas which are full of fibre - perfect for maintaining good gut health!
1. Overnight Oats
Oats are a fantastic source of soluble fibre, which not only produces healthy gut bacteria, keeping us fuller for longer, but also helps to reduce our cholesterol and blood sugar levels! This is a great option if you’re in a rush in the mornings as you can prep it the night before. Don’t forget you can add fruits for extra fibre, nutrients and flavour.
Discover my recipe here!
2. Smoothie (With Added Veggies)
Homemade smoothies are a fantastic way to easily pack in a wide range of vitamins and minerals to your diet. Fruits such as raspberries, bananas and mangos are all excellent sources of fibre but try adding veggies for an added fibre punch. Kale, beetroot and spinach are great options and are also full of added nutrients such as iron!
Give this ‘hidden greens’ smoothie a go.
3. Yoghurt & Fruit Parfait
Fermented foods work wonders for your gut as they contain probiotics which have been found to cause significant positive improvements in balancing intestinal permeability and barrier function.
Yoghurt has always been a go-to breakfast option, partly because it’s full of probiotics! You can add flavour and fibre by layering the yoghurt with your favourite fruits and some muesli (just make sure it contains no added sugar!).
Try this super simple recipe!
4. Avocado on Toast
Avocados are loaded with heart-healthy fats and fibre - providing 27% of your RDA. Whilst also being a great source of vitamin K, potassium and vitamin C, avocados are a great way to start your day. Try mashing avocado with salt, pepper and lemon juice and spread it on a slice of wholemeal toast.
5. Chia Seed Pudding
Everyone has been raving about chia seeds recently, and for good reason. Despite their size, they are a great source of omega-3s, iron and are full of antioxidants. Two tablespoons also provide an amazing 11 grams of fibre (36% of the daily recommended amount!). Soaking chia seeds in milk or yoghurt overnight creates a super creamy and delicious breakfast option you can make in advance!
Check out this simple but yummy recipe.
Looking after your gut by eating nutritious foods and balanced meals will support your overall health and wellbeing - making you feel good from the inside out. If you try any of these breakfast combos don't forget to share them on Simone Thomas’ Wellness World or feel free to share your own recipes!