10 Unlikely (And Delicious) Places To Find Fiber!
Who hasn’t heard, at this point, that fiber is an essential part a balanced diet? We’re constantly implored to get enough of it, and are told that in addition to doing all sorts of great stuff for our bowels, including promoting general bowel health and assisting in regulation, it also helps lower risk of cancer, heart disease, diverticulitis, stroke, and hemorrhoids, and helps lower cholesterol. It even improves skin health, and helps us feel full longer, which is incredibly helpful when trying to lose weight.
But, did you know it also helps maintain blood glucose control!? Fiber not only helps slow the body’s absorption of sugar, it can even lower blood glucose levels. Check out the list below for some tasty ways to sneak more fiber into your diet!
Don’t Let the Creamy Texture Fool You
Avocados are a great way to get your fiber on without even noticing.
Start Your Morning Right
Steel-cut oats require a little more time to prepare than quick oats, but are well worth it.
Protein-Packed, Versatile And Full Of Fiber
Lentils and other legumes are a vegetarian staple for a reason. In fact, fiber is just one of many reasons to add lentils to your diet.
New Favorite Vegetable
Fiber content is just another good reason for moms to insist that kids finish their broccoli.
Switch Out Classic Spuds For Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes not only have an incredible flavor and gorgeous color, but they are also full of fiber.
Get Your Fiber On At The Movies
Popcorn has an impressive fiber content, especially for a snack food, though you’ll want to go easy on the butter and salt.
An Oldie But A Goody
Sun-dried tomatoes may not be the latest trend (they were very popular in ’80s), but they are still a great way to add flavor and are also a better option for fiber than tomatoes off the shelf.
Coconut Oil Is All The Rage But Do Not Forget About Coconut Flakes
Unsweetened coconut flakes are a satisfying fiber-rich addition to that steel-cut oatmeal. Instead of sugar, try adding cinnamon.
Built For Snacking
Almonds are a great source of fiber, which is one of the reasons they make healthy snacks. In addition, almonds, along with other nuts and seeds, can be toasted, roasted and seasoned to keep your taste buds begging for more.
Pumpkin Pie, Oh My!
With approximately 13 grams of fiber per half cup, canned pumpkin is a fiber-rich way to add smooth, rich, nutty flavor to breads and muffins. Don’t forget pumpkin pie.