Up Your Daily Fiber Intake
When we think fiber, the first foods that come to mind are grains, but there are so many other wonderful fiber-rich foods you can incorporate into your family's daily diet to increase your intake of fiber.
Beans (more specifically, legumes)
You know what can happen when you've had too many beans, right? Yet the fact remains that fiber-rich foods like beans and lentils help maintain healthy bowel function and reduce constipation, says Dr. Elaine Rancatore. Other legume powerhouses include peas, soy and even peanuts.
Don't hate on avocados because they're high in calories and fat. One of the healthiest fruits on the planet, the avocado is it loaded with vitamins and minerals and contains more fiber (per ounce) than any other fruit. Slice it on a salad or spread it on bread and enjoy!
Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and acai berries all are both high in fiber and so delicious! One cup of strawberries has three grams of fiber, and one cup of raspberries has about eight grams!
Lauren O'Connor, registered dietician and mom, reminds us that an apple a day really does keep the doctor away. One medium apple serves up about four grams of fiber. And don't peel it -- the skin's so good for you!
Grandma always had prunes in the cupboard in case anyone got "backed up." Prunes, raisins and dates are terrific sources of fiber, but there's an even better dried fruit option: Figs! Low in fat and sugar, figs have five times more fiber than prunes. Nibble them alone or in pies, puddings, cakes, jams and jellies.
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