Sunday, August 30, 2009

Step Right Up And Get Your Fiber!

I’m always a huge fan of extra fiber-infused foods as long as they taste good! Fiber is so good for your..


Digestive Health

  • The most recognized benefit of fiber is its important role in keeping the digestive system running smoothly by promoting regularity. Fiber adds bulk to help move food through the digestive tract.
  • Along with regular exercise and plenty of water, fiber plays an important part in maintaining digestive health.
Heart Health
  • Fiber – specifically soluble fiber – may also help lower blood cholesterol levels, thereby reducing the risk for heart disease. Fiber appears to lower cholesterol by interfering with its absorption in the digestive tract.
Diabetes
  • Fiber may also be important for people who have diabetes. Diets high in whole grain and fiber have been shown to help people with diabetes manage their blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
Weight Management
  • Getting enough fiber can also help curb your hunger and help you feel satisfied, which can help with weight management. Research suggests that people who have higher intakes of fiber tend to have healthier body weights.

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Recently I received some Fiber One samples in the mail, (get yours here) and was pleased to see both items were two products in their line that I have yet to try. I received the Oats&Chocolate chewy granola bar and the Honey Clusters cereal. Here’s what I thought:

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The Oats&Chocolate chewy bar smelled great when I opened the package, but sometimes looks/smells can be deceiving. Not so with this bar! It was extremely chewy, which made it a little time consuming to eat, but hey—that just means the goodness lasts even longer, right?? =) Between the mini chocolate chips and the chocolate drizzle, if you have any kind of chocolate craving, this is a great way to satisfy it! As far as the ingredient list goes, it’s not too long, and I can pronounce/recognize every ingredient. This bar provides 9g of fiber for just 140 calories. Check out the ingredient list and more nutritionals here.

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Being the cereal addict that I am, I have high expectations for every box that makes it to my bowl. The Fiber One Honey Clusters cereal was simple, yet simply good! Lightly sweetened whole grain flakes and honey clusters are the main components of this cereal that provides 13 grams of fiber per 1 cup serving—that’s 51% of the fiber you need in a day! I say that’s a fiberulous fabulous way to start the day =)

Some other ways to get your daily fiber:

  • Mix in Fiber One cereal to your favorite ready-to-eat cereal, or stir into hot oatmeal.
  • Garnish a fresh garden salad with Fiber One cereal as a substitute for croutons.
  • Stir Fiber One cereal into your favorite fruit yogurt for a creamy, crunchy delight.
  • Create a unique snack mix by combining Fiber One cereal, pretzels, cereal, and seeds.
  • Sprinkle Fiber One cereal over your favorite soup for crunchy variety.
  • Punch up the fiber in brownies or cookies by adding nuts and Fiber One cereal.
  • Blend Fiber One cereal into dips and serve with fresh veggies for fun snacking adventures.
  • Top chicken or fish with a crispy coating of crushed Fiber One cereal before baking.
  • Cover casseroles or baked vegetables dishes with Fiber One cereal and melted cheese.
  • Add Fiber One cereal to fruit and nut trail mixes for tasty snacking on-the-go.
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    All info provided by the wonderful Fiber One.

    Stay tuned for yet ANOTHER stuffed surprise tomorrow!

    6 comments:

    Lexi said...

    Fiber is great! I'm a big fan of Trader Joe's High Fiber Cereal and All-bran!

    Jenny said...

    3 cheers for fiber! i LOVE the thomas' double fiber english muffins .. and GNU bars!

    Krista said...

    I love those fibre 1 bars. They remind me of a chocolate bar!

    Kim said...

    I love those fiber bars : ) I buy the same ones and was eating them EVERY morning for a couple of days. Then I had to give them a break for a few days - LOL! I think you posted some terrific ideas about adding the cereal into other things to amp up your fiber intake. I think I'm actually going to buy the cereal and try some of those- they are really good ideas : )

    burpandslurp said...

    The only thing I don't really like abt Fiber One is their use of so much...sugar...but otherwise, kudos to them for vamping up the fiber amount! Still, isn't it bad to eat TOO much fiber? Everything in moderation! ;-)

    Sarah Alaoui said...

    the fiber bars are delicious but make my tummy grumble and they're too sweet!