Thursday, April 8, 2010

How Can I Add Fiber to my Salads?

I wanted to know how to make my salad higher in fiber since lettuce doesn't have more than one or two grams.  --Debbie N.

Hi Debbie,
Great question! Yes, most lettuce is not high in fiber, but actually it's difficult to find one food that alone is very high in fiber. Adding a variety of other vegetables and beans to your salad is a great way to increase the total fiber content.
For example, tomatoes, green pepper, celery, cucumber, fresh spinach, raw broccoli or cauliflower, etc mixed in will all add another gram or two of fiber per 1/2 cup. Any type of bean you add (chick peas, white beans... whatever canned beans your have work just fine) will add more soluble fiber which is also important in addition to the insoluble fiber found in most vegetables.
Meanwhile you will also have a more colorful and tasty salad with texture and a greater variety of nutrients!

Happy eating :)

1 comment:

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