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Fiber: How (and Why) To Incorporate More Into Your Diet

Does thinking about fiber conjure up ads for supplements for constipated old men? It might seem like it isn’t something you, a healthy, active young person, needs to worry about. However, fiber is critical to your digestive health, lowers cholesterol, supports weight loss, and reduces the risk of heart disease and diabetes. Unfortunately, chances are: you’re not getting enough of it.

The 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that adults eat 22-34 grams of fiber per day, but only 10% of women and 3% of men are actually meeting the standard. The average American adult eats 16 grams of fiber a dayIf you don’t eat as many vegetables as you should, if you eat out a lot, or if you eat a lot of processed foods, you are very likely not getting enough. Here are a few simple swaps you can make to help increase your fiber intake.

Vegetables

  • Focus on getting enough vegetables. Adults should be eating two to four cups per day of vegetables. A cup of broccoli contains about 3 grams of fiber, while a cup of kale contains about 1.5 grams. Total gain: Up to 12 grams.

Beans & Lentils

  • Swap out some animal proteins for legumes. Beans, peas, and lentils are great sources of protein and fiber. One cup of beans contains anywhere from 12 to 19 grams of fiber! A cup of lentils contains about 15 grams, and a cup of peas about 9 grams. Try burritos, a side of peas at dinner, or make a delicious vegetarian lentil curry to really boost your nutritional intake. Total gain: Up to 19 grams.

Bread

  • Switch to high-fiber, whole-grain bread. Whole wheat bread tends to have several more grams than white bread, and it’s much more filling because of it. You can use it to boost your sandwich’s nutritional value. Total gain: 2-5 grams per slice.

Oatmeal

  • Try bran cereal or oatmeal for breakfast. That will give you at least 5 grams, depending on how much of it you eat. Total gain: Up to 10 grams.

Fruits

  • Snack on high-fiber fruits. Skip the sugar-laden cereal bars and eat a cup of blackberries (7 grams), raspberries (8 grams), a pear (6 grams), or an apple (4.5 grams). Total gain: Up to 8 grams.

Eating fiber is crucial to maintaining long-term health. And as you can see, it’s not that hard to get enough. Making just a couple of these changes in your diet can significantly increase your fiber intake and boost your nutrition

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5 Keto Hacks to Keep You On Track When Eating Out

If you’re on the keto diet, you already know that eating more healthy fats and fewer empty carbohydrates can help you lose weight and feel great. The fat helps you stay full, which keeps you on track for your weight-loss goals.

That is, until you go out to eat. 

It is really difficult to find a keto meal at a restaurant, which stinks if you enjoy eating out. 

But with a little preparation, you can enjoy eating out without wrecking your diet progress. Here are five easy ways to do it:

Eat a bit ahead of time

This is the most important tip. Arriving hungry is a recipe for regret. Making sure you’re not starving is the best way to avoid bad choices. 

Choose the restaurant

Weigh in and choose a keto-friendly place. A sushi restaurant can be a good choice if you stick with sashimi and vegetables. You can also put together a keto meal relatively easily at a steakhouse. 

Plan ahead

Most restaurants post their menus online, so plan your meal in advance! In this way, you can eliminate bad choices associated with ordering on an empty stomach.

In some cases, you might luck out with ready-made, keto-friendly options. If not, though, you may find that you can cobble together a meal that meets your needs by ordering an appetizer and a side dish. For example, at a barbecue restaurant, order braised pork belly—hold the sauce—and a side of broccoli.

Come prepared

If you know your destination is not keto-friendly, pack key ingredients that will help you change that. Take along a low-carb wrap if going to a sandwich shop. Then you just order the fillings and assemble your own sandwich. Or, just eat sandwich fillings without bread. 

Bringing your own salad dressing or sauce is another great way to stick to your goals. Make sure you are carrying it in a container with a secure lid.

Give yourself a break

If all else fails, remember that one splurge won’t derail you completely. Denying yourself is much more likely to result in your spiraling out of control. So if you really want some pizza, eat a small slice. If dessert is your thing, split one with someone, or ask if you can sneak a bite.

Your diet shouldn’t keep you from enjoying an evening out with friends and loved ones. So follow our tips to make good choices while staying connected.

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3 Vegetables That Are Easy To Grow — We Promise

Dreaming of harvesting your own vegetables this summer, but have a poor track record when it comes to keeping plants alive? Don’t despair. Gardening is easier than you think. Building a garden is also a great joint project to do with your partner. And with spring just around the corner, the time to get started is now! To help encourage a budding green thumb (pun very much intended), we’ve made a quick list of three vegetables that are easy to grow. Check them out and then get yourselves out to the garden center!

3 Herbs and Vegetables You Won’t Kill This Spring

Mint

Mint is so easy to grow that it can overrun your garden if you’re not careful. You can weed it—or not. Put it in the sun, or don’t. It also won’t hold a grudge if you forget to water it for a few days. Easy-going mint will just keep growing. 

Plant it in a container so it doesn’t take over your whole yard. Then enjoy mojitos and fresh tabbouleh all season, and beyond. Mint is a perennial, so it will return year after year.

Lettuce

If you love salad, you’re in luck. From nutritious spinach to trendy kale, spicy arugula or fresh young lettuce, greens are some of the easiest things to grow. They are also ready to harvest more quickly than the other things on this list, making them a great crop for quick gratification.

Lettuce needs partial sunlight, which means that you can grow it even if you don’t have a garden plot that’s in full sunlight. It also does very well in containers, so you can grow it on a balcony or even in a sunny apartment window.

Carrots

Carrots take a little longer than lettuce, but they are really fun to pull out of the ground. And homegrown carrots are much more delicious than their grocery store counterparts. Once you’ve tried them, you’ll never want to resort to bags of uniform baby carrots again.

They come in a rainbow of colors and varieties. Try purple carrots or white carrots for a fun twist on the classic.

Growing your own vegetables is an addictive hobby that will give your weekends purpose and impress your friends. So get out there and start planting these vegetables that are easy to grow!

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