Recently I was asked to complete a food diary for both myself and Roo in order to see whether we were having the correct amount of fibre in our diets.
I must admit that I was unaware what the Guideline Daily Amount (GDA) of fibre was for myself and guessed at 30g. Even guessing at 30g I was hoping that I was at least halfway there each day as I prefer to eat half and half toastie bread rather than white. So when Fiona Hunter analysed my food diary I was a little shocked to see that I was in fact only taking in 8g of fibre per day. Only a third of the recommended 24g… oh dear!
Thankfully Fiona had some helpful advice on how best to boost my fibre intake. By eating 2 slices of Warburtons Wholemeal toast for breakfast I would be intaking 5.2g fibre, a fabulous 22% towards my GDA.
For a quick but tasty lunch Fiona suggested I tried having half a can of beans on 2 slices of toast, providing me with around 50% of my GDA. Or a bowl of lentil or vegetable soup with a wholemeal roll.
Whilst I was disappointed with my own poor fibre intake I was very nervous to think about Roo’s diet. In fact Roo does better than me, currently intaking between 8-10g of fibre per day. A child aged between 5-10 years fibre GDA is 15g so on the whole Roo is looking good.
Again Fiona had some great tips on how to boost Roo’s fibre intake. I always use Warburtons Half and Half on Roo’s sandwiches in her packed lunch and 2 slices provide around a quarter of her GDA of fibre. Another way to boost her fibre would be to give her a slice of Warburtons Fruit Loaf with Orange, providing her with 1.6g fibre per slice as a snack.
Fibre is not something that I have given much thought about when deciding on food/meal options for myself and my family. Fiona’s hints and tips have really opened my eyes to how swapping your usual loaf to something else can really make the difference.