Tasty Ways to Boost Fiber
By Sara Butler
Fiber is important to a balanced diet -- it's also much easier to incorporate than you may have previously thought. You don't need to add your grandmother's bran cereal and prune juice to your daily regimen to make sure you get enough fiber. In fact, there are many more delicious ways to get it. Here are a few tasty treats to add to your diet to ensure you're getting the fiber your body needs to stay healthy.
Fiber: What is it?
Fiber is the part of a food your body is unable to digest. So, as it passes through your digestive system, it works kind of a like a broom, ushering out all the waste from the food your body does digest. Fiber occurs naturally in many foods.
Go Whole Wheat
That white bread you have in your bread box needs to go! Instead, opt for bread that is labeled as whole wheat -- just remember to take a look at the ingredients list to make sure you're really getting what you pay for. Look for whole grain, whole wheat, or whole wheat flour to be one of the first ingredients.
Beans, Beans, The Magical Fruit
Legumes and beans are healthy choices all the time, but especially if you're trying to add more fiber to your diet. That's because beans average about seven grams of fiber per half-cup serving. Combine that with the fact that you can add them to just about anything and you've found a winning fiber addition to any meal. Plus, they're full of healthy fats and protein.
Add Volume with Vegetables
Vegetables should be a staple in your diet. Are you getting the five servings per day you should? Probably not. Many vegetables are high in fiber, which means throwing them in where you can help to add fiber to your meals. You can put them in a smoothie or toss some into your favorite casserole -- all without breaking your calorie bank. Great vegetable fiber sources include kale, green beans cabbage, tomatoes, spinach, carrots, tomatoes, and lettuce.
A Few More Tips
To keep you on the fiber fast track, here are a few more things to remember:
- Always go for fresh vegetables and fruits (with skin!) over juice
- Add more water to your daily routine when upping fiber intake
- Eat fewer processed foods and more fresh
See? Adding more fiber to your diet is easy once you know where to start!
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