Our Advanced Clinician Dietician, Catherine, shares some information about fibre and why it is so important for a healthy, balanced diet.
Be sure to also check out a delicious, healthy recipe for a zucchini slice that you can easily make at home below!
WHAT IS FIBRE?
Fibre is the parts of plant foods such as cereals, fruits and vegetables that cannot be digested and help to keep our digestive system healthy.
Eating a diet high in fibre can provide a range of health benefits, including regular bowel habits, keeping blood glucose levels stable and even help with weight loss. Fibre loves water so it is important to drink plenty of water as well.
The Heart Foundation recommends Australian adults consume 25-30 grams of fibre per day which many do not reach. The recommendations are different for children and vary according to age.
Click here to read more about dietary fibre from the National Health and Medical Research Council.
HEALTHY ZUCCHINI SLICE
Contains 7g fibre per serve!
- 5 eggs
- 1 large zucchini, grated
- 400 g carrot, sweet potato or pumpkin, peeled and grated
- 1 1/2 cups canned corn kernels or frozen peas, drained
- 1 medium brown onion, peeled and diced
- 2 tsp dried mixed herbs
- 3/4 cup wholemeal self-raising flour
- 1 cup reduced-fat cheddar cheese, grated
- Olive or canola oil spray
- 3 large tomatoes, sliced, optional
- Green side salad, to serve
- Preheat oven to 200°C (180ºC fan forced).
- Whisk eggs in a medium jug, season with black pepper and set aside.
- In a large bowl combine remaining ingredients except tomato. Add eggs and stir mixture until well combined.
- Spray a large baking dish with oil. Pour in zucchini mix and flatten with a spoon. Cover with tomato slices arranged in a single layer.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes or until firm and golden brown.
- Rest in the pan for 10 minutes before dividing into 6 pieces and cutting into slices. Serve with a green side salad.
Serve with a side salad. You can add any vegetables you have into this slice such as chopped mushrooms, tomatoes, and broccoli florets.
Recipe & photograph courtesy of livelighter.com.au