Fiber’s benefits are practically endless. It’ll lower cholesterol, improve digestion, and even help us lose weight. And most Americans get less than half of the recommended amount of fiber every day. (Yike.) Many people think getting more fiber means eating more food that tastes like cardboard – wrong! Foods that pack a dose of fiber can be tasty. Check out Care2′s list of ways to fiber-up your diet:
1. Make a breakfast smoothie with strawberries, a handful of spinach, and a banana.
2. Replace hashbrowns and toast with black beans and salsa. Buenos dias, breakfast.
3. Embrace steel-cut oats. Cook a big batch up over the weekend, and then microwave a serving every morning with some chopped-up apple.
4. Order legume-based soups at the lunch counter. Learn to love lentils.
5. When you’re at the grocery store, look for grain-based salads to layer over your typical mixed greens.
6. Get more exotic. Instead of standard American restaurants, look for ethnic places like Indian and Mexican that put legumes in a lot of dishes.
7. Start with a salad. Get fancy, and serve a vegetable-rich dinner salad before or after your main course.
8. Instead of mashed potatoes, opt for legumes. You’ll feel much less heavy after dinner, but you’ll actually be more full.
9. When you’re sautéing vegetables, start with garlic and onion to give your vegetables extra oomph.
10. Always have a bag of almonds, pistachios, or walnuts handy in case you crave a crunchy snack.
11. Keep a black bean dip in the fridge for when the urge to double-dip strikes at home.
12. When you feel a snack-attack coming on, reach for fruits and vegetables first. They’re fiber-rich and full of many other nutrients.