Most of us have heard that we’re supposed to eat a more plant-based diet; but we may not know all the reasons why. Yes, fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains are high in nutrients, and yes, they’re low in fat. But, the other important factor is that these foods provide us with essential dietary fiber.
- Grab the Whole Food Munch on a whole piece of fruit, in place of drinking a glass of juice. Eating the fruit or vegetable skin helps to bump up the fiber, plus it provides texture and a bonus of other nutrients. (1 medium apple = 3g fiber and 1 medium baked potato with skin on = 4g fiber)
- Go Nuts and jazz up salads, vegetables, snacks and desserts with almonds, sunflower seeds or soy nuts. Nuts and seeds add fiber and fun-to-chew crunch to foods. (1 ounce roasted almonds = 3g fiber)
- Be Berry Wild and choose raspberries, blackberries and boysenberries to add variety to your cereals. These berries have twice the fiber of many other fruit selections. ( ½ cup fresh raspberries = 4g fiber)