Reading labels, counting and calculating is a pain. But you’re thrown so much information on the X amount of grams you need of fiber, protein, carbs etc every day. How are you supposed to know if you’re meeting the mark or if you’re in fact way under nourished? The trickiest thing to spot in food is fiber, and you need between 25 to 35 grams per day of the stuff. Protein and carbs—you know when you’re looking at those. Here are three easy ways to guarantee you meet your fiber mark, so the rest of the day you can eat what you want. (Well, try to be reasonable).
If you’re eating healthy, you’re probably following the veggie, carb, protein combo at lunch and dinner. Breakfast is the one meal at which getting in a ton of fiber is a reality. Don’t miss your chance by eating cereal with zero nutrition. Aim for cereals that offer at least 10 grams of fiber per every cup and a half.
Finish a meal with fruit
Make dessert work for you. It really can! Having a bite of something sweet signals to your brain “this meal is over” so you stop eating. Instead of making that sweet bite a fatty bite of cake, finish off your meal with an apple. That’s an instant added 4 grams of fiber toward your goal.
Veggie Soup w/ fiber sprinkles
Cutting and chewing raw veggies can get exhausting. Switch it up at dinner with a low-fat, low-calorie veggie soup. Add 3 tablespoons of GG Bran Crispbread fiber sprinkles for 5 added grams of fiber and just 12 calories. Try this broccoli soup:
• 2 tsp olive oil
• 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped (about 3/4 cup)
• 1 stalk celery, finely chopped
• 1 medium Yukon Gold potato, peeled and cubed
• 4 cups fresh broccoli, including stems, chopped
• 2 cups low-sodium, fat-free chicken or vegetable broth
• 1 1/2 cup non-fat milk
Drizzle oil into soup pot and heat on medium. Saute onions and celery until lightly browned and soft. Add the potato and chopped broccoli, followed by the broth and the milk. Bring the pot to a boil, reduce the heat, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes, when the vegetables are tender enough to stick a fork through.
After allowing the soup to cool for 2 to 3 minutes, transfer it to a blender in portions of 1/3 the pot. Blend until you get the texture you want—either a puree or slightly chunky.
Add GG Bran CrispBread fiber sprinkles and stir.
Play around with different types of cereals and soups and you’re well on your way to getting enough of that oh-so-praised fiber.