Fiber was news worthy long before Paleo, Whole 30, or Engine #2. We often hear that we don’t get enough fiber in our diet, but are we sure where is actually comes from? There are actually two types of fiber: soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber is found in dried beans and peas, oat bran, apples, citrus fruits, carrots, and barley. Insoluble fiber is the stringy stuff in plant leaves. It is also found in many vegetables, nuts, and the tough covering (the bran) on the outside of grains.
What’s so fantastic about fiber?
- Fiber is filling without being fattening.
- Fiber helps you feel good after eating.
- Fiber is friendly to the heart.
- Fiber is good for the gut.
So, how do I get more fiber in my diet?
- By eating a variety of vegetable and fruits (9-12 fistfuls per day!).
- Snack on dried fruits
- Whole grains (instead of white)
- Beans & Peas
- Healthy dips (bean dip + raw veggies = lots of fiber)
- Dark leafy greens
- Eat the peel/skin
- Say no to juice
Make sure to drink lots of water when you are filling up on fiber! For more tips and information on fiber, please contact me for a consultation, Pantry Makeover in your home or a Smart Shopping Trip.