Fiber!!!

12 Jun

Its probably safe to say that you’re not getting enough fiber. Almost nobody is. The answer could be as simple as integrating a few of these tasty and fiber-packed foods into your diet!

You should know that fiber isn’t all about going to the loo lol. Its about health! A high-fiber diet helps you control your blood sugar, feel fuller for longer, have better control over your weight, and lower cholesterol levels. And yes…its crucial for your digestive and bowel health, too. None of this is open for debate.

Here are 4 high-fiber foods that will do the trick!

1.  Pears

pears

Pears often go overlooked…most people opt for apples or oranges instead. Why is this? Maybe it has to do with their relatively short shelf life?

Pears provide a lot of the same nutritional benefits of apples, albeit in different quantities. They have slightly more fiber, at around 6 grams a piece, plus decent amounts of Vitamin C and potassium.

2.  Dried Plums / prunes

Dried plums

Prunes have alot going for them. Yes, they’ve got alot of fiber – 12g per cup, which is almost a third needed for men, and nearly half for women!  But they are also a potent antioxidant, and they can help you better absorb the iron you consume. If you suffer from iron-deficiency anemia, you will want to take advantage of this benefit.

One other thing that has gotten overlooked about prunes over the years : they’re delicious!!

3. Beans

mixed dried beans

NO matter the variety – kidney, black or other variety, beans are your friends. They’re a terrific source of carbohydrates, but also packed with protein, potassium, iron, and yes, fiber.

One of the most unheralded benefits of beans, though, is their convenience.  No, really! If you have a slow cooker, you can make them from scratch without much work.  No matter what you choose, its a good addition to your diet.

4. Split Peas

Split peas

If beans aren’t your thing, or if you’re feeling beaned out – which happens after a while – then split peas are a fantastic alternative.  They are also rich in manganese, folate, B-vitamins, potassium, phosphorous, and a range of other important nutrients.

Wondering what to do with them? I have 5 words : split pea and ham soup! Its simple, almost foolproof dish that freezes well and is always tasty.  And a cup of split peas contains 16g, along with a matching 16g of protein!!

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