Easy Ways to Eat More Fiber
By Sara Butler
Fiber is good for you. It helps you to feel fuller for longer, which then helps you to maintain a healthy weight. Fiber also helps to keep your blood sugar and blood pressure in check – it’s important! But many people aren’t getting the 25 to 38 recommended grams of fiber they need per day. Here are a few simple ways you can make sure you’re getting enough.
Put Some Avocado on It
It should come as no surprise that mayonnaise is out and avocado is in! If you enjoy a hint of something creamy on your sandwiches, then instead of the calories and fat trap that is mayo, smash up some avocado to spread on it. Half of an avocado has almost 5 grams of a fiber. It’s also packed with Vitamins A, K, D, and E.
Pop Some Corn
Sometimes you just need a satisfying crunch when snacking – so go for some popcorn. Now, this isn’t carte blanche to eat butter-laden microwave popcorn every day of the week. But popcorn itself is a whole grain with nearly 4 grams of fiber per 3 cups of popped corn. Try air-popped popcorn with your favorite combination of spices on top to add some kick.
Have Some Hummus
Hummus is made from chickpeas, and chickpeas happen to have a lot of fiber. A half cup of hummus has about 2 1/2 grams of fiber, so make it your go-to dip to eat with vegetables and add to sandwiches and salads.
Add Some Almonds
Instead of adding honey or another sweetener to your oats or morning cereal, consider adding some crunch with sliced almonds. Just one ounce of almonds has almost 15 percent of your recommended daily amount of fiber. Plus, they add iron and magnesium to your diet, which many Americans are lacking in.
Consider choosing one day per week to go meatless and you’ll be sure to add more fiber to your life. Plant sources of protein also happen to be high in fiber. Try some tofu or veggie burgers for dinner one day a week and you’ll find they’re delicious and nutritious.
Getting more fiber in your diet isn’t as difficult as you may think. In fact, it’s easy if you just follow these tips! You’ll soon notice you’re feeling fuller for longer and just better overall once you get more fiber in your life.
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