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.
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"Think greens," says health promotion expert Brooke Worley. "Add green beans to your dinner, snack on broccoli florets or throw fresh spinach into your stir-fry. Other green gems include Brussels sprouts, artichokes and zucchini.
The incredibly nutritious (and delicious) sweet potato is classified as a root. Enjoy yours with the skin for a high dose of dietary fiber that promotes a healthy digestive tract, relieves constipation and helps prevent colon cancer.
The high-fiber banana contains the perfect combination of every known vitamin, mineral and enzyme we need. Eat your banana for a snack or combine it with other fiber foods in recipes like these:
Mushrooms are available in so many varieties and used in all types of cooking. In addition to providing protein and vitamins, mushrooms are both surprisingly high in fiber and a terrific addition to entrees and salads.
Hard-working, fiber-rich whole grains have a long-standing reputation of tasting bland and boring, but once your body becomes accustomed to eating whole grains, you'll prefer them over enriched and processed grains. Excellent whole grain foods include many cereals, couscous, oatmeal, brown and wild rice, rye, popcorn and whole wheat pasta.
High fiber dessert idea
Coconut crunch banana bars
Make dessert in a Crock-Pot! These coconut crunch banana bars are delicious, easy to make, high in fiber and heart healthy.
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