With modern nutrition, there is always lots of talk about carbohydrates and protein. High-protein and low-carb diets have been very popular over the last decade or so. It’s true that we need a decent amount of high-quality protein (more if we exercise regularly) and that many of us are eating too many junky carbohydrates in the form of processed sugar and refined breads and pastas. There is not so much talk about how little fiber we eat. According to the American Dietetic Association, most Americans don’t even come close the consuming enough fiber. The tell-tale signs of low fiber intake are constipation, weight gain, blood-sugar fluctuations, nausea and tiredness.
Worry no longer! Here are 5 high-fiber snacks:
- Flax seeds – These guys usually come ground into a powder. Since it is a powder, it is really easy to use. You can add it to a drink or smoothie, sprinkle over a salad or mix some in when baking.
- Fruit – Fruits are great. They contain a lot of sugars but also a lot of fiber. The fiber helps to smooth out the sugar delivery to your body.
- Vegetables – Plenty of fiber available here. You can’t really get enough vegetables.
- Hummus – Made from chick peas, hummus is packed with fiber and is also delicious. Why not dip some carrot and celery sticks for even more fiber?
- Legumes – Beans and lentils have high levels of fiber. Have them hot in a stew or cold on a salad.