The thought of high-fiber foods might conjure up unappetizing images of cardboard-like cereals and breads. Thankfully, nothing could be further from the truth.
Need proof? Think of luscious red-ripe strawberries, hot corn-on-the-cob, spicy bean-and-veggie chili, or steamy oatmeal with raisins and a hint of cinnamon. These foods don’t just taste fantastic—they’re full of fiber, too.
Fiber is important for good health because it promotes digestive regularity and heart health. Fiber may even help you feel full longer, which is great for watching your weight. The recommended daily amount of fiber is 38 grams for many men and 25 grams for many women, but most people don’t come close to consuming enough.
Here are just a few delicious ideas to help you overcome a fiber shortfall:
Create your own cereal combo. Mix a high-fiber cereal half-and-half with your favorite kind. Top with blueberries or raspberries.
Dip whole-wheat pita bread and cut-up veggies into hummus (chickpea dip).
Serve a vibrant-color veggie stir fry as a side dish.
Create a quick bean salad: Mix drained and rinsed canned kidney beans with diced red peppers and chopped parsley. Toss with light vinaigrette dressing.
Offer a loaf of warm, whole-wheat bread with tonight’s dinner.
Make a tropical fruit salad with diced mangoes, banana slices and fresh, frozen or canned pineapple chunks. Or pick up a container from our deli.
Spice up plain popcorn with a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese and a dash of cayenne pepper.