Fiber is filling and aids digestion, plus it can keep blood sugar levels level and prevent cravings. It’s no wonder we try to focus on adequate fiber intake with our medical weight loss clients. But many find it difficult to get enough fiber in their diets. If that sounds familiar, try these seven sneaky tricks to add more fiber to your snacks and meals throughout the day.
Switch to chickpea flour. Baked goods can often present a challenge to anyone following a medical weight loss plan. You definitely don’t want to overindulge, but a few hacks can make your favorite treats healthier. Chickpea flour is known as a gluten-free alternative, but it also includes more fiber than traditional flour.
Create desserts with avocado. An avocado contains 12 grams of fiber, plus other beneficial nutrients. But you can do more with them than just make guacamole! An avocado’s rich flavor and creamy texture makes it perfect for homemade ice cream or popsicles.
Opt for whole grains. Whole grain breads and pastas contain more fiber than the typical white-flour versions, plus other nutrients like protein and B vitamins.
Choose popcorn over chips. Craving a crunchy, salty snack? One cup of popcorn (without butter) contains only 32 calories but includes 12 grams of filling fiber.
Try oats or nuts instead of breadcrumbs. Crushed nuts or oats provide more fiber than regular breadcrumbs, and the flavor is unique. Coat your lean meats or veggies with these options, and get ready for a different (and filling) experience.
Add a handful of spinach. Spinach is rich in fiber and other important nutrients, but its mild flavor means you’ll barely notice it. Toss a handful of the leafy greens into your eggs, soup, sandwiches, or smoothies.
Toss in some beans. Beans are rich in filling fiber, and their flavors are so versatile. Add a handful of beans to soups, salads, and quesadillas, or simply eat them as a side dish.
For more help with your eating plan, especially if you want to follow a medical weight loss regimen, call our office to schedule an appointment. We can review your health goals and then make recommendations specific to your needs.