As a new mommy there are a lot of things to keep in mind when you are trying to eat healthy for you and your baby! Getting enough fiber in your diet is one of those things! Look, I know fiber isn’t necessarily a sexy subject but lets get serious…it is important! So I put together a few of my favorite ways to up your fiber intake without eating a big bowl of bran cereal…
You should aim to get 28 grams of fiber a day! Turn to these tasty snacks to help!
These little muffins have protein AND fiber! Whip them up for a healthy on the go snack!
1 cup cooked quinoa
1 cup roughly-chopped fresh spinach
2 tablespoons goat cheese, plus additional for topping bites
Generous pinch sea salt
Nonstick cooking spray
Generous pinch freshly ground black pepper
Special equipment: a mini-muffin pan
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Beat the eggs in a large bowl. Add the quinoa, spinach, goat cheese and salt and stir to combine. Spray the mini muffin pan with nonstick spray. Fill the mini muffin cups 3/4 of the way full with the mixture, then add an extra dollop of goat cheese and a bit of black pepper on top of each. Bake until golden brown, 7 to 9 minutes. Serve warm.
Feta Stuffed Prunes
Prunes have tons of fiber in them (12 grams in 1 cup!) and they don’t have to be boring! Press a small slice of feta in to the center of them for a decadent fiber rich treat!
Meta Health Bars
There are a few options on the market when it comes to fiber bars but these babies are my favorite! Throwing a bar in your purse before you leave the house is a great way to satisfy hunger as a healthy snack and get a great kick of fiber in your diet throughout the day! (my favorite is the cinnamon oatmeal raisin) As a bonus, the psyllium fiber in these bars can also help to lower cholesterol.
These red beauties pack 8 grams of fiber per cup!
Spinach & Green Smoothies
1 cup filtered or mineral water
1 handful fresh flat-leaf parsley sprigs
1 handful chopped romaine
1 handful baby spinach
1 handful watercress
1 mini cucumber or 1/2 large cucumber, cut into 2-inch pieces
1 green apple, halved
1 banana, halved
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Great additions and substitutions: Mint, agave, lime, ginger, kale, spirulina, ground flax seeds, avocado, jalapeno and pineapple
What you need: a high-powered blender
Combine the water, parsley, romaine, spinach, watercress, cucumber, apple, banana and lemon juice in a high-powered blender and process until smooth. Drink immediately or refrigerate in an airtight container up to 24 hours.
Spinach has 7 grams of fiber per half a cup! Don’t skip your green smoothie! The darker the greens the higher the fiber!
Tangerines, apples and strawberries are also high fiber fruits! Eat the apple skins…thats where all the good stuff is!
*This post sponsored by Meta
† Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol that include 7 grams of soluble fiber per day from psyllium husk, as in Meta Health Bars, may reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering cholesterol. One Meta Health Bar has 1.8 grams of this soluble fiber.
**These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.