Friday, April 4, 2008

High Fiber Friday #1

I try very hard to get 25 or more grams of fiber into my diet every day. Some days I fall short but for the most part I get my fiber. People often ask how I do it and some have even suggested blogging about the subject. Blog about fiber? Who really wants to read about fiber, but as time goes on more and more people ask how I do it. So, here it is, High Fiber Friday. Okay, okay who really wants to eat healthy and high fiber meals on Friday, but it sounds better than high fiber Tuesday.
I don't plan to give a daily menu that will add up to 25 grams of fiber but just give some tips, hits, ideas and finds that help increase fiber intake. Some things taste high in fiber and some not so much but it gets the fiber count up.

For My first High Fiber trick I introduce Mission 10" carb balance tortilla. These are not very great for quesadilla because they don't toast up very and as burrito wraps they are, well a little wheaty. However, at 21 grams of fiber per tortilla, I was bound and determined to find a way to enjoy them. I found that the wheaty flavor worked very nice with Apple Gouda chicken sausages, mango peach salsa, Dijon mustard, avocado and some onions.

Heat the sausage, place it, 1/4 cup salsa, mustard, 1/4 of an avocado and onion in the tortilla and wrap.

coming in at 400 calories, 43g carbs, 26g Fiber, 13g protein and 16g fat this is a lunch you can feel good about. And yes I will use these tortillas for burritos and quesadilla too.


motherskitchen said...

Good for you! I sometimes try to eat 30 g of fiber and it is difficult to do. You are inspiring me to renew the effort.

I can't take these tortillas, though. I think they taste like fact, one of their major ingredients IS sawdust (cellulose) so I shy away from them.

A high fiber bread that I really like the taste of is any of the Natural Ovens products - especially Sunny Millet. 2 slices are 8 g of fiber.

Do you have any good recipes that use beans? Eating a can of beans is about 20g fiber - I am always on the lookout for good bean recipes to eat for lunch. I look forward to your upcoming posts.

Laurie Constantino said...

There really can't be too many reminders about the importance of including fiber in our diets. Although I agree with motherskitchen about those tortillas - I ate them for a couple years until I finally couldn't take them anymore. Now I feel guilty when I pass them by. Maybe I'll let your fiber goodness inspire me to give them another chance...

winedeb said...

So glad to hear that someone else is on the same "bandwagon"! It takes me forever in the grocery store nowadays as I read every label to see what the ingredients are and the nutrition panel. We are even using Fibersure in our drinks during the day. I feel like I am getting old. Hey, I am! Thanks for the hints on high fiber foods today Shayne. I will check these out on my next trip to the store!

Shayne said...

yes yes I agree that these tortillas can taste like sawdust but I also like the feeling of getting all my daily fiber taken care of in one meal. I also eat an organic bread that has 3 grams of fiber per slice that are not huge slices. I don't need a sandwich the size of my plate.

Christine said...

Hi Shayne!

This is a great idea. I'll be tuning in for more fiberlicious fridays :)