You have trillions of bacteria (over a thousand different species!) in your gut and they all thrive on different foods, so variety really is key to making sure you keep them all happy. We all tend to reach for the same fruit and veg in the supermarket as we know what to do with them.
We need to start thinking beyond just fruit and veg. Current research shows that we need closer to 30 different types of plant based foods a week, this includes vegetables, fruits, wholegrains, pulses, legumes, nuts and seeds.
This sounds like a pretty high number to hit but try and get out of your comfort zone, we’ve got a few ideas to get your started.
- Try a new plant based food each week
- Order a veg box
- Try a recipe kit
- Make the freezer your friend (great for frozen veg and berries to top up your variety score)
- Buy or make up a nut / seed mix and add to salads, soups and veggies
- Go for a mixed bag of salad instead of one variety
- Add herbs and spices to your meals
If you don’t know what to do with something, olive oil, (also high in polyphenols which your gut bacteria love) salt and the oven are your friend for lots of roasted veg.
Switch your mindset to ADDING things and not restriction.