Fibre helps to keep you regular, leaves you feeling fuller for longer, regulates blood sugar levels and supports heart health..
So, are you eating enough of it?
Adults are advised to consume between 25-30 grams of fibre per day but most adults don’t hit that mark.
Half a cup of oats has around 4 grams, a banana has 2.6 grams, half a cup of spinach has 2.4 grams - you can see why it can be difficult to reach 30 grams if your diet sways away from being rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds, the foods in which fibre is found
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Diet hacks to increase your fibre intake include adding ground seeds to your breakfast, adding nuts into your snacks, eating whole grains over processed grains, choosing legume- and pulse-based dishes over meat dishes, having salad with lunch and dinner and aiming for your two pieces of fruit per day.
And, a quick way to tick a few of those hacks off your list is to make this delicious spicy tofu poke bowl.
With asparagus, edamame, brown rice and avocado all packing a punch of fibre - one bowl contains around 10 grams of fibre.
As well as being a fibre-rich recipe, it is high in vegetarian protein, iron, calcium and steady energy making it a nutritious meal for your entire body to benefit from.
vegetarian, dairy free, vegan option, gluten free option
- 200g firm tofu, cut into 2cm cubes
- 2 tbsp kecap manis or tamari or soy sauce
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- ⅔-1 cup brown rice, uncooked
- 1 cup frozen edamame, cooked and shelled
- 1 small Lebanese cucumber, cut into small bite size pieces
- 1 bunch of asparagus, trimmed and each stalk into half
- ½ avocado, cut into small cubes
- 1 tbsp black sesame seeds
- Pickled ginger, optional
- ¼ cup soy sauce or tamari
- 1 tbsp Sriracha
- 2 tbsp maple syrup or honey
- 1 lime, juiced
- 2 tsp sesame oil
How to make
- Put your brown rice on to cook according to the directions on the packet. This should take around 25 minutes. The amount you cook can be determined according to your appetite
- While your rice is cooking, heat a frypan or griddle over high heat on the stove, brush your cubes of tofu with the kecap manis or alternative and once the pan is hot, add the olive oil and then the tofu to it. Turn the pan down to a medium-low heat and cook the tofu until it is golden and crispy, around 4 minutes on each side. Remove the tofu from the pan, add the asparagus and toss the stalks around for another 5 minutes or so until the asparagus is starting to soften. Remove the asparagus and set aside with the tofu
- Cook the frozen edamame by adding them to a saucepan of boiling water on the stove and letting them boil for 5 minutes. Strain them and allow them to cool before peeling and setting the shelled peas aside. Dice your cucumber into long thin strands and set aside. Dice your avocado into cubes and set aside
- Quickly mix up your dressing ingredients by combining the soy sauce or tamari, Sriracha, maple syrup or honey, lime juice and sesame oil in a small bowl or jar. Set aside
- Once your rice is cooked, assemble by dividing the brown rice between two bowls. Drizzle some of the dressing over the rice and then top with tofu, asparagus, edamame, avocado and cucumber. Sprinkle the black sesame seeds on top and add the pickled ginger (if using) before adding the remaining drizzle of dressing and enjoying
- Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Ensure you reheat the rice well before eating it again
- Only dress the bowls when you are eating them. The mixed dressing can be stored in an airtight jar in the fridge for up to 3 days
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