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TOP 5 Gluten Free 'Fiber' Foodie Finds

February 21, 2014

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Do you consume enough fiber in a day? Americans should be eating between 20 to 35 grams of fiber each day. Fiber is in many of the foods that you eat on a daily basis like fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Unlike most foods that are absorbed and digested, fiber is not digested or absorbed. Don't worry this is a good thing! The fact that fiber is left intact creates bulk, which aids in moving stool through the digestive tract. Without enough fiber you can experience irregularity, constipation and sluggishness.

Did you know eating more fiber can help with weight loss? Fibrous foods create a fullness that naturally helps you eat less.

Get ready it's time to load up on the fiber foodie finds of the week!
 

Here are the TOP 5 items this week: 

 

1) Edamame: This twig bean is full of healthy benefits. At 9 grams of fiber, full of good fats and a balanced carb to protein ratio--there's nothing better. Edamame only takes about 10 minutes to make and serve great as a snack, appetizer or side dish to any meal. Find out why I personally love edamame here.

2) Almonds: Like many nuts, almonds are a great source of fiber. A handful of almonds will leave you satisfied but keep it to a handful as they have a high caloric content. At 170 calories, 4 grams of fiber, and full of good fats, adding almonds to your diet will help you stay slim and energized.

3) Popcorn: Got the munchies? Popcorn is 100% whole grain and a great source of fiber as long as you don't douse it in butter, oil or salt. One cup of popcorn is a mere 30 calories and provides 4 grams of fiber. The kernels are packed with antioxidant compounds called polyphenols which have been associated with combating cancer. Be sure to pop your own like I did here. You will save yourself from the harsh chemicals of microwave popcorn. Plus, you can control what, and how much, toppings to put on your popped maize.

4) Apples: Apples can give your immune system a boost, help control your appetite and weight, and give you whiter, healthier teeth. Apples provide 4 grams of fiber, which means you will feel fuller, longer. Next time your stomach is growling, reach for an apple. Make a plain apple fancy by eating it with your favorite nut butter.

5) Broccoli: One cup of steamed broccoli contains approximately 5 grams of fiber. Low in calories (30 calls per half cup serving) but very high in vitamin, pop some broccoli in your salad, eat it with some hummus or serve it as a side dish. My personal favorite? Lightly coat broccoli with olive oil, spread on a baking sheet and place in a 375 degree Fahrenheit oven for 10 minutes. Toss broccoli. Place back in oven for another 10 minutes or until the edges are brown. Remove from oven and sprinkle with sea salt. This recipe is sure to trick your taste buds into thinking you are eating french fries!

 

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