Best Grain Free Fiber Options
Fiber is so important in our diet. It helps reduce cholesterol, aids in fat loss and weight maintenance, promotes a healthy blood sugar, adds bulk to our digestive system aiding in elimination, and can even reduce colon cancer risks.
So what are the best whole food fiber choices especially when eating grain-free?
Seeds - Chia seeds come in at a whopping 34.4 gms/100gm. These can be made into cereal, porridge, added to soups, homemade granolas or added to homemade jams too. Flax seeds, sunflower and pumpkin seeds are up there as well.
Beans, legumes, chickpeas, and split peas are extremely high in fiber - add to salads, soups, or eat hummus with carrots and celery.
Veggies - sweet potatoes, kale, spinach, carrots, celery, artichokes, brussels sprouts, winter squashes, pumpkin, and beets.
Fruits - apples, berries especially black and raspberries, avocado, bananas, and pears.
Quinoa, nuts and popcorn round out the top fibers - careful with the nuts and popcorn as these are easy to eat but do not lend to fat loss.
Start slow if you have not been eating alot of fibrous foods as it can cause quite the stomach upset such as bloating or gas. Drink ALOT of Water - get that number up to at least 1/2 - 3/4 gallon a day to assist with decreasing the stomach bloat.