Fiber is essential to our body. It aids in the functions of digestion, your heart, skin health, blood sugar control, weight management and a lot more. Most people need more than 50 grams of fiber per 1,000 calories consumed and most people consume nowhere near or half of this amount on a daily basis. Why? Because in a standard American diet, healthy fibers are often processed right out.
In order to help you reach your daily fiber intake, we’ve rounded up a few snacks that are very easy to make. They’re all packed with fiber and other nutrients that can help you reach your daily intake with very minimal effort but are proven to be very effective.
This is a staple for almost everyone in their homes. Not only that it’s very easy to prepare, but gives a person their daily source of fiber without even trying. Cereals are good sources of fiber, preferably those that are whole grain, organic, and unsweetened. It can contain at least 4 grams of fiber per serving. According to a research by the University of California, cereal eaters tend to eat more fiber and consume less fat than non-cereal eaters.
Baby Carrots & Broccoli
If you’re feeling hungry and it’s not the time for your next meal, you can snack on baby carrots and broccoli and dip it into a low-fat dressing. Each up will have 5 grams of fiber and eating this as your afternoon snack three days in a week and you’ll be getting your healthy dose of fiber.
Apples are good sources of pectin, a soluble fiber that makes a person feel full because it’s digested slowly. Apples are not just to keep the doctor away! Studies show that consuming about 5 grams of pectin could keep people feeling full and satisfied for up to four hours. Amazing, right?
Leave trail mix in your car, computer desk or in your bag. If you get hungry at a random time during the day, you’ll have this as a snack. You can mix nuts, raisins, and high-fiber cereals. You can even add chocolate-covered soy nuts and you’ll have a handful of sweet, yet healthy high-fiber snack.
Oatmeals are loaded with fiber. You can use it to replace bread crumbs whenever you cook. You can also sprinkle it on ice cream or bake it into cookies and muffins. Or simply, just enjoy a bowl of oatmeal garnished with your favorite fruits and nuts!
These bright delicious veggies have no fat, no cholesterol, no sodium and a little potassium. Plus, about 2 grams of fiber. You can try roasting them whole for 45 minutes, chill and dice to a green salad. The salad will also add to your fiber intake and can offer weight loss benefits.