Why you need fiber:

  • Promotes healthy bowel movements; prevents and relieves constipation
  • Good for your heart: lowers cholesterol, blood pressure, and inflammation (soluable fibers such as oats, beans, some fruits, and flax seed)
  • Helps with weight loss by making you feel fuller for longer

Sources of Fiber

  1. Beans - Make 3 bean salad, bean puree soups, or add cooked beans to anything (salads, as a side on meals, etc). They taste like potatoes. Try Gracious Pantry’s black bean soup recipe.
  2. Whole grains - replace white bread and regular pasta with whole grain versions.
  3. Brown rice - replace white rice with brown rice.
  4. Popcorn - cut back on the butter and salt!
  5. Nuts - Plain roasted almonds or walnuts are great for late night snacks—or any snacks in general! 
  6. Potato skins - It’s the skins that are full of fiber!
  7. Berries - check out my post on fruits.
  8. Bran Cereal - replace sugary cereals with bran cereal.
  9. Oatmeal - oatmeal is delicious with a little bit of brown sugar and low-fat milk. It’s really best eaten plain though. You can use it as a substitute in savory meals as well! Use it to replace rice, bread, etc!
  10. Vegetables - see my post on veggies

(Sources: Mayoclinic and WebMD)

Check out Eatmoreof for more tips on getting healthy foods into your diet!

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