It is important to ensure that your detox diet includes foods rich in fiber. This is because fiber-rich foods do a great job of keeping you full and warding off cravings that can sometimes ruin your diet despite your best intentions. In addition to helping with cravings,fiber-rich foods also help with digestion and regulating blood sugar levels to help manage weight.
Sometimes half the battle is in knowing what foods are right to eat. the other half of the battle is in figuring out how to incorporate them into your meal planning and recipes. Which is where we come in. We recently talked about the different categories of fiber-rich foods that you should add to your detox diet and now we’re setting our sights on different ways in which these foods can be incorporated into your diet.
1. Infused Waters
If you’ve never tried infused water you are missing out. Infused water is one of the simplest ways to incorporate fruits into your diet while ensuring that you stay hydrated with the required amount of liquid. To get the most out of your infused water don’t waste the ingredients. Eat the fruits or vegetables after you finish drinking the water.
2. Smoothies & Shakes
Smoothies and shakes are a great way to incorporate fiber-rich foods into your diet, specifically fruits and vegetables. If you are not a fan of eating your veggies you can take solace in the fact that adding them to your shake still gives you all the health benefits without the worries about taste. Don’t like the taste of kale? Make a shake with it and add cucumber and pineapple to ward off the bitterness. Think eating fruits is a drag? Make a berry smoothie instead and enjoy it as a replacement for one of your meals.
Salads are another great way to get in your required serving of fiber-rich vegetables. We recommend keeping it simple and sticking to recipes that don’t have too many ingredients or don’t require too much prep time. The beauty about salads is that they can be served hot like a warm zucchini salad, or cold like a mixed bean salad.
Whole grains and complex carbs like quinoa and almonds, as well as legumes like kidney beans and chickpeas, are also great additions to salads. This makes salads a great option if you’re trying to figure out how to add fiber-rich foods to your diet while maintaining some variety.
4. Roasted Veggies
Don’t underestimate the flavor of roasted veggies. If you are not a huge fan of salads or want another way to enjoy your vegetables like brussels sprouts, eggplant and broccoli consider grilling them, DO NOT use charcoal briquets as they are carcinogenic and don’t over char your veggies and if you do; remove the charring before eating add olive oil, Himalayan salt and pepper to taste. If you don’t have a grill feel free to bake them on a nonstick cookie sheet for similar results.
Sometimes it’s ok – and even recommended – to include snacks in your fiber-rich diet. Healthy snacks are a great way to ward off poor choices when you feel pangs of hunger between meals. But be careful with snacking because poor portioning can get in the way of your weight loss goals. While nuts like almonds are great for snacking, having too much will increase your calorie intake and can affect your overall goals.