Irresistible Barley Risotto Swap
Our savoury spring vegetable risotto
An update on this Italian classic with nutty pearl barley and spring vegetables. Asparagus, leeks and peas combined in a seriously savoury barley risotto. Pop it in the microwave or the oven for a convenient dinner without the hassle.
What's more, this delicious dish is high in fibre, a source of protein and low in fat as well as being under 500 calories per serving so you can enjoy every mouthful knowing you're getting some great nutrition.
Did you know that the NHS recommends we eat around 30g of fibre a day, but most adults only consume around 18g a day? 😬
Fibre found in fruit, vegetables, whole-grains, lentils and pulses encourage the production of fibre-loving bacteria strains in the gut that produce short-chain fatty acids or SCFAs for short 🥦 🥕 🌽
These SCFAs impact how much serotonin (our main ‘good mood’ chemical) our body produces 🧠
More fibre = more fibre-loving bacteria = more SCFAs = more serotonin. A high fibre diet can help reduce the impacts of stress, help with sleeping patterns and help with relaxation 🧘♂️
We need fibre for a load of reasons, fibre is essential in helping food pass trough our digestive system easily, it can also help improve gut health (by increasing healthy bacteria in your gut 🧫) Diets with higher fibre have also been linked to reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and bowel cancer ✅