Fiber is essential for a healthy lifestyle. All too often we don’t get enough. Did you know that he average American only consumes 15-17 grams a day? For good health, Doctors recommend that we should be consuming at least 30 grams!
Why is fiber so important? If you are trying to lose weight, eating fiber in the morning is your best defense at wording off afternoon snack attacks that cause most dieters to fail. Fiber is also helpful at controlling blood sugar, lowering the risk of colon cancer, and heart disease. A high fiber diet can help provide relief from the symptoms of IBS, and can lower the chance of a heart attack by an astonishing 40%! Now that is impressive!!
I see it all the time, people posting their morning breakfast of scrambled eggs, toast, sausage, bacon thinking that carbs are making them fat.WRONG! Fat makes you fat, and overeating fat can lead to serious health problems. The best thing I ever did for my health was to adopt a plant-based, nutrient rich diet. When I look at food my first thought is how is this going to nourish my body? Is this helping me achieve my health goals or am I just giving in to a desire to eat something I know is a bad choice because it tastes good? I have been on this vegan whole food path for a while now, almost 10 years to be exact, so I am always leaning toward eating healthy all the time. Not that I don’t slip up from time to time, I certainly am not perfect and sensual desire is a strong emotion at times:)
One of my favorite dishes that is fiber and nutrient rich is Spanish Style White Bean Salad. I eat it for breakfast sometimes if I have any left over because I love it so much, and fiber in the morning keeps you feeling full so I always am sure to start my day with a healthy dose. Drink plenty of water on a high fiber diet to ensure everything is moving along the way it should in the downstairs department….always increase your fiber intake slowly to prevent any discomfort like gas and bloating. The best sources for fiber are gluten free oats, root vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans, lentils, quinoa, peas, green beans, apples, berries, oranges, raisins, zucchini, cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and dark leafy greens. I tend to stay away from grains because they can have adverse affects on the digestive system if they are not sprouted first. As you can see there are plenty of creative plant-based dishes that you can make with those ingredients. But, for now, back to the Spanish Style White Bean Salad.
Spanish Style White Bean Salad
4 cups white navy beans, cooked(o always cook large batches and portion freezer packs so I can just pull them out whenever I need some beans)
1-2 red peppers, diced
2 zucchini, diced
1 handful of parsley, chopped
2 cups spinach, chopped
2 Tbsp. Lime juice
2 Tbsp. Evoo
2 Tbsp. Spanish paprika
Sea salt, black pepper
Jalapeños, optional (some like it hot)