Fabulous Foods for Fiber

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Why You Need More Fiber

Most people need more fiber.
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Increase your fiber intake by eating more fresh fruits and vegetables and choosing whole grains instead of refined grains. It also helps to and up your intake of legumes. Want something more specific? Here are five fiber-rich foods (and recipes) that should be on your next shopping list.

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Raisin Bran

Raisin Bran is high in fiber.
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If you typically start your day with a bowl of cereal, take a look at the label to see how much fiber you're getting per serving. If it's only a couple of grams, then think about switching to raisin bran. One cup of raisin bran cereal has more than 7 grams fiber. There are several brands available in your grocery store, or you can make your own with any bran cereal -- just add some raisins (or for variety, try dried cranberries or blueberries). You can also use raisin bran cereal (or raisin and bran separately) in recipes to make muffins or bars -- perfect for breakfast on the go (you know - for those days you sleep a little too late).

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Chickpeas

Chickpeas are high in fiber.
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Maybe you call them garbanzo beans -- they're the same thing. One-half cup of chickpeas has 6 grams fiber, plus chickpeas are rich in protein, iron, potassium and magnesium. You have a couple of options with chickpeas -- you can buy dry chickpeas and soak them in water for twelve hours, or just buy canned chickpeas that are ready to use right away. Chickpeas are one of the main ingredients in hummus, and you'll find them in a number of Spanish and Indian dishes. They can be served hot or cold. Open a can of chickpeas, rinse them and let them dry for a couple of minutes. Then you can use them as a salad topping, as an ingredient in soups, stews or side dishes, or use them to make a tasty, healthy snack.

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Pears

Pears are high in fiber.
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I think it's good to have some fresh fruit in the house for quick snacking. Pears are particularly good because they're low in calories, a good source of vitamins and minerals, and they're an excellent source of fiber. One cup of pear slices (probably about one pear) has 8 grams of fiber. Pears are easy to keep -- they don't require refrigeration as long as the peel is intact. Once you slice the pears, they should be eaten or refrigerated. Pears can also be served as dessert. There are several varieties of pears , with a range of textures and flavors.

Pear Recipes:

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Black Beans

Black beans are high in fiber.
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Black beans are traditionally found in Latin dishes, but they're becoming more common in other cultures. Black beans are very high in fiber -- one cup has 15 grams. They're also an excellent source of protein, minerals and B vitamins. Buy dry black beans and soak them in water or purchase canned black beans that are ready to use right away. Black beans can be served as a side dish or used as an ingredient in soups and other dishes.

Black Bean Recipes:

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Almonds

Almonds are high in fiber.
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Almonds are easy to find in any grocery store. Grab a handful as a snack, toss a few on top of a salad, or add them to your yogurt, or use them as an ingredient in a variety of dishes. One ounce of almonds (about 23 nuts) has just under 4 grams fiber. They're also rich in monounsaturated fats, similar to the fats in olive oil. You can store almonds at room temperature, but it's better to keep them in the fridge. If you have a bunch, you need to store for a long time, keep them in the freezer.

Almond Recipes:

Source

United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference Release 28. https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/search.

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