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Posted by Jennifer (the student) January 20, 2012

One of my new year’s resolutions was to add more fiber to my diet. In the process, I have learned a lot about fiber. Here are some of the interesting facts I have found about fiber.

Why do we need fiber in our diet?

  • Normalizes bowel movements
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Helps control blood sugar
  • Aids in weight loss
  • The benefit are to many to name

Where do we find fiber?

  • Whole foods such as: whole-grains, fruit, vegetables, beans, nuts and seeds.

Ways to easily add more fiber:

  • Start the day with a cereal with at least 5 grams of fiber. Then add a tablespoon of ground flax seeds or bran and the top with berries or sliced banana.
  • Prepare steamed or roasted vegetables in large batches for easy meals or snacks.
  • Make a large pot of bean once a week. These can be used in salads, wraps, stews and soups.
  • Have fresh fruit available for quick snacks.

There are so many tasty foods with fiber. Here is a list of my favorites:

  • Chia
  • Quinoa
  • Ground Flax seeds
  • Chickpeas
  • Greens
  • Broccoli
  • Acorn and Spaghetti Squash
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Eggplant
  • Berries (all kinds)
  • Avocado

My new year’s resolution is turning out to be an interesting journey. Since increasing my fiber intake I have noticed fiber-rich foods fill me up more and are digested slower, so I don’t get hungry as fast. My new year’s resolution has turned into an everyday solution.

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