When we talk about diets, most people tend to focus on calories, carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. However, fiber also plays an incredibly important role in weight loss and disease prevention. It helps us feel full, prevents cravings, keeps blood sugar levels more even, promotes healthy digestion, and lowers your risk of certain diseases like colon cancer.
Unfortunately, most of us on a typical American diet are not eating enough fiber. We tend to neglect our fruit and veggie intake, and opt for white flours over whole grains. Those choices can lead to an elevated risk of several chronic diseases, as well as weight gain.
So, how can you get more fiber into your diet? These sneaky methods can help, and you’ll barely notice some of them.
Snack on avocado. One avocado contains 12 grams of fiber, and it hardly even feels like you’re eating “healthy”. Smear it on toast, chop it into a salad, or make your own avocado ice cream.
Add some beans. Beans are a terrific source of fiber, and you can include them in soups, salads, burritos, and more.
Grab a handful of spinach. It’s easy to toss a handful of spinach into salads, sandwiches, or an omelet.
Try oats or crushed nuts. When breading food (such as chicken) before baking or air frying it, skip the breadcrumbs and try oats or crushed nuts instead.
Consider chickpea flour. It contains more fiber than other types of flour, and it works quite well in pancakes, muffins, and more.
Popcorn makes the perfect snack. One cup of popcorn contains 12 grams of fiber, and only 32 calories. It’s the perfect snack if you’re following a fiber-rich weight loss plan. Just remember to go easy on the butter.
Choose whole grains. Whenever possible, opt for whole grain wheat options over plain white. Whole grains contain more fiber and protein, and help to prevent sharp blood sugar spikes.
As always, please give us a call if you have questions about a weight loss plan or maintenance program. We can help you put together a diet of nutritious and delicious foods that meet your needs, and help you accomplish your health goals.