4 Surprising Ways to Add More Fiber to Your Diet

Thinkstock/iStockphotoThinkstock/iStockphotoWith many of us focused on trying to drop a few pounds this time of year, it's important to focus on what you can do (not what you can't do!) and be consistent with it for the months ahead to not only lose weight but to keep it off for the long haul.

Fiber is one of the elements of a healthy diet that helps keep us healthy, more satisfied, and yes, even slimmer. Thankfully for us, many high fiber foods do just that.

We hear about fiber here, there, and everywhere, but we're still not getting enough. Most people only get between 12 to 18 grams of fiber per day instead of the recommended 25 to 38 grams, and a recent study shows that 44 percent of Americans believe they need more fiber in their diets.

Try these four simple and tasty tips to help you hit your recommended 25 grams a day.

4) Crunch Away

Some of my favorite crunchy foods also are good sources of fiber. Make a super crunchy and satisfying salad with carrots, celery, endive, and broccoli.

Celery Root, Apple, and Walnut Salad Recipe

3) Sneak It Into Your Cooking

If you still can't get enough fiber into your diet with these tricks, fiber supplements can help. Konsyl Fiber is a healthful solution if you're not reaching your fiber needs. This all-natural psyllium supplement is neutral tasting so it can be added to soups, yogurt, smoothies, shakes, salad dressing, and just about anything else you're making.

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2) Bring On the Beans

Beans are an excellent source of both protein and fiber, and can be the base of a great meatless meal. Introduce a warm veggie chili once a week, try a bean dip with veggies for an afternoon snack, or add half a cup of beans to your lunchtime salad.

Tomato, String Bean, and Artichoke Salad Recipe

1) Change Up Your Dessert Routine

Instead of processed, high-fat, sugary cakes or brownies, opt for 1 cup frozen raspberries for a treat. Other sweet substitutions include a ¼ cup full-fat yogurt with 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and for an even richer dessert, try mixing 1 tablespoon ricotta, 2 tablespoons canned puréed pumpkin, and 1/2 tablespoon chia seeds together to be spread on apple slices.

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-Keri Glassman, Special Contributor, The Daily Meal

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