5 Easy, All Natural, High Fiber Foods To Eat for 25 Grams of Daily Recommended Fiber
Posted Jun 04 2008 7:04pm
If you know anything about health and fitness then you know 25-35 grams of fiber are the daily recommended minimum amounts for a healthy, balanced diet. However, do you know which foods are high enough in fiber to help you reach that level every day? Here is a list of 5 simple high fiber foods to choose when trying to put 25 grams of fiber in your diet daily.
1. "An apple a day keeps the doctor away". Apples are quite possibly, the easiest, high fiber foods to eat. There are many varieties to choose from, and in a few minutes you can quickly pick up 5 grams of fiber. Medium size Fuji, Gala, Golden Delicious, Pink Lady, Granny Smith and McIntosh apples each usually provide up to 5 grams of fiber.
The choices are plenty, they're relatively inexpensive and apples provide a perfect source of nutritional fiber in a convenient, ready to eat package. No cooking or preparation required, except for a little rinsing. You can eat them on the go, in the car, at work, or even in bed.
2. "Beans, beans, good for your heart?" Yes, it's true beans are good for your heart and they are really good food to eat for their high fiber content. Black beans provide as much as 7g of fiber per 1/4 cup of dry beans. A quarter cup of Pinto Beans rings up a hefty 12g of fiber per serving and Garbanzo Beans add 9g of fiber per 1/4 cup serving.
Very few foods with as much nutrition, are as versatile, economical and flavorful as beans. There are many ways to prepare beans or to order them when dining out. Soups often provide a good source of beans. You may even enjoy a few beans in a salad, or try the ever popular, rice and beans. Fast food chains sometimes have bean burritos, bean chili, or salads with beans on the menu.
3. "Breakfast is the most important meal". It may or may not be the most important meal, but breakfast is usually the first opportunity to start your day with plenty of fiber. A bowl of shredded wheat, a piece of toast with multi grain bread, or an all bran muffin are wholesome high fiber food choices for breakfast. Each one can give you 3-5g of fiber or more and they are easy to prepare. Orange juice and apple juice go nicely with an all bran muffin for another 2-3 g of fiber first thing in the morning.
4. "Shake it up and go". Get 5g of fiber in cold, delicious chocolate, banana or strawberry fiber drinks that taste like milkshakes. Now, thanks to the Internet, it's easier than ever to find high quality, good tasting, natural health drinks that are excellent sources of fiber. In fact, one fiber drink even provides FOS, fructooligasacharides, a pro-biotic soluble fiber that is typically found in foods like onion, garlic, oats, and barley. High fiber drinks make it easy to mix up a delicious shake with a few pieces of frozen banana or other fruit, for a cold, creamy, tasty way to start the day with 5g of fiber.
5. "High fiber food is good for your mood". When you eat plenty of fiber you feel better. Try a high fiber food bar for a quick snack any time of day and feel good about yourself without the guilt of snacking on junk food. A high fiber food bar should give you at least 4g of fiber in a serving. If it doesn't, then it isn't worth the calories. People eat candy bars, power bars, and all kinds of bars that offer little or no fiber. If you are going to eat a meal replacement bar then why not eat one with plenty of fiber? You can find them on the Internet, but not in convenience stores. Look for all natural, concentrated fiber bars to get the most nutrition and the most fiber for your dollar.