Disclosure: I was provided with product samples by General Mills through Platefull Co-Op to help facilitate this post. All opinions stated are my own.
Most of us are aware that having enough fiber in your diet is essential for good health. It helps keep the digestive system running smoothly, it can help lower cholesterol, and it can help you maintain a healthy weight. Yet despite this knowledge, the average American does not get enough fiber in their diet. The recommended daily intake of fiber is around 30 grams, yet the intake of most Americans is half that. So today I thought I would share some easy ways that you can increase your fiber intake.
5 tasty ways to get more fiber in your diet.
1. Have fruit for dessert. Fruit is really the perfect ending to a meal. It’s sweet, full of vitamins and minerals, and it adds a couple of grams of fiber to your daily intake.
2. Make faux-fried foods. I like to crush Fiber One cereal, add some seasonings, and use it to coat chicken pieces. Baked in the oven, it makes a delicious (and fiber-filled) alternative to fried chicken.
3. Make bean purees and add 1/4 cup to your favorite gravy, casserole, or soup recipes. This adds a good amount of fiber without affecting the taste. I have been doing this for years and my kids have never caught on!
4. Make a delicious frozen dessert with frozen berries. Puree frozen berries and banana slices in your food processer for a yummy dessert that has the consistency of ice cream, but without all the guilt.
5. Have a mid-day snack of Fiber One Streusel Bars, Cookies, or Meal Bars.
We had the opportunity to try an assortment of Fiber One snacks recently. They were a huge hit with our family. I received Fiber One Strawberry Streusel Bars, Fiber One Chocolate Chunk Soft Baked Cookies, and Fiber One Dark Chocolate Almond Meal Bars to try. All were delicious and my kids had no idea they were chock-full of fiber.
By far the Strawberry Streusel Bars were the favorite. Topped with a crunchy brown sugar and oats streusel topping, these bars are made with real fruit and reminded my kids a lot of the strawberry cereal bars they love. Each Streusel Bar contains just 150 calories and 5 grams of fiber. Not surprisingly since I am a chocoholic, the Chocolate Chunk Cookies were my favorite. Each cookie also has 5 grams of fiber. The Meal Bars are also quite tasty. My kids have been eating them as an after-school snack. Thet kive the dark chocolate and nuts. Each bar contains a whopping 9 grams of fiber.
You can find the new Fiber One Meal Bars, Streusel Bars, and Cookies at Target. I love that they are individually packaged so they are easy to grab and go!
Adding more fiber to your diet doesn’t mean you have to munch on salads all day long. With the tasty suggestions I’ve mentioned, it is easy to up your fiber intake. So tell me… How do you increase your fiber intake?