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Easy Ways to Get More Fiber

By Sara Butler

Many people don’t get enough fiber in their day. Fiber is important for everyone, from small children to senior citizens, because it helps them stay healthy and full. But getting more fiber in your diet doesn’t have to include tasteless food. There are some very easy ways you can add a little more fiber content to your daily routine that doesn’t feel like eating cardboard. Here are some tasty suggestions to help you climb aboard the fiber train!

Chickpeas

Chickpeas are very versatile. You can toast them with spice to create a crunchy snack, add them to your favorite soups, stew, or chilis; add them to salads; or make some hummus for a snack. A half-cup of chickpeas provides six grams of fiber, plus a punch of protein, potassium, magnesium, and iron. They’re good for you and have a satisfying crunch!

Pears

Fresh fruits are always a great way to add some fiber to your day. They provide a portable snack option. Pears are particularly good for you because they’re low in calories, a great source of fiber, and high in essential vitamins and minerals. Just one cup of pear slices provides eight grams of fiber.

Black Beans

Beans of all kinds are great sources of fiber and black beans are no exception. They’re high in fiber, with 15 grams in one cup. They also happen to be a great source of vitamins, especially Vitamin B, as well as important minerals, and protein. You can throw them in a soup or create a side dish -- experiment!

Almonds

Almonds are everywhere, so grab some to have around as a snack, as a salad topper, or as a crunchy addition to your morning Greek yogurt. About 23 almonds, or one ounce, has about four grams of fiber. It also delivers a dose of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. Just pay attention to serving size since nuts are high in calories.

Raisin Bran

If you’re a fan of morning cereal, then try a little raisin bran. One cup will provide you with about seven grams of fiber. You can buy one of the many brands available or create your own with any bran cereal and some raisins. If cereal isn’t your thing, then create bars or muffins with it for a breakfast on the go!

Fiber is important, so do what you can to get more!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Shreveport, La.

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