Fiber is a very important part of your daily diet. Eating fiber and fiber-rich foods has been linked to many health benefits. It helps keep you full and minimizes those frequent cravings/hunger occurrences. Not only does it help with weight loss and maintenance but fiber also helps control diabetes, reduces your risk for heart disease and also prevents cancer. So today I’m bringing you 5 Easy Ways to Boost Your Fiber intake from Joy Bauer.
Pistachio nuts. Nuts offer a delicious and nutritious bundle of protein, fiber and heart healthy unsaturated fats. Pistachios in particular are especially rich in two cholesterol-lowering compounds: phytosterols and soluble-fiber. Not only that but 25 pistachios are just 100 calories!
Oats. One of the best sources of soluble fiber is whole grain oats. So put away those high sugar, low fiber breakfast cereals for a delicious bowl of oats topped w/ berries and nuts for a nutritious, energizing breakfast.
Beans. Beans are a great source of fiber and protein for the vegetarians of the world. Both are nutrients that help you stay full and feel satisfied for longer periods of time. Plus they’re inexpensive so stock up on either dried beans or canned. They’re perfect in soups, salads, stews and more.
Leafy greens. Dark variations like spinach, kale and chard provide heart healthy doses of fiber and also beta carotene, potassium, vit K and other nutrients essential for good health. Saute your favorite with olive oil & garlic for a simple side dish or add chopped greens to omelets, salads, soups and pasta dishes.
Fruit. Rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, fruits are also a great source of both soluble and insoluble fiber. Berries, raspberries & blackberries in particular, apples, pears & oranges are some of the most fiber-rich options, so fill up your cart regularly with some delicious and nutritious fruit. 🙂