Your personal Healthinista and fitness expert joins you from Sunwarrior’s headquarters in Southern Utah once again in the beautiful kitchen to show off her favorite fiber foods.
We need about 25 grams of fiber each day, but many of us fall short, especially when we’re eating processed foods. So what foods will give you plenty of fiber? Don’t worry, Marzia has a bunch lined up for you. Lentil beans and black beans top her list with 15 grams of fiber per serving. Beans go into salads, soups, rice dishes, and many more recipes with ease. Lentils cook easier than beans, so they make a quicker meal and are delicious in their own unique way. Lima beans have 13 grams of fiber per cup. Peas have a good 8 grams of fiber per cup and they work well in salads, soups, side dishes, and more too.
Artichokes have about 10 grams of fiber per cup, but you don’t eat a ton of them, so you may need two. Steam them and enjoy their rich flavor. Artichoke hearts also work very well in salads, pasta dishes, and even on pizza. Marzia eats avocado each and every day. Not only is it rich in fiber with a good 7 grams per cup, but it’s also rich in healthy fats and it’s one of the most versatile fruits you’ll find anywhere.
Broccoli has 6 grams of fiber per cup and it is also very easy to add to recipes. Stir fry it, steam it, boil it, add it to soup, toss it with pasta, and explore all the wonders that this veggie has to offer, despite often being portrayed as boring and gross. Brussel sprouts also get a bad name, but they can be delicious when prepared properly and they deliver a solid 4 grams of fiber per cup. Try them baked with olive oil and garlic or lightly sautéed.
Many fruits, besides avocado which we lumped with the vegetables as it isn’t sweet, deserve a fiber nod too. Blackberries and raspberries have 8 grams of fiber per cup and they make for a low calorie sweet snack or excellent smoothie addition. Pears have 6 grams of fiber per cup. Try them sliced thin on a sandwich or in a salad if you don’t want to just munch away on them. Nuts and seeds are also a good way to add more fiber to your life. Enjoy them all!
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