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Helpful Fiber&Protein Suggestions

The following is a list of foods that can help you achieve your quota of 20 to 25 grams of fiber daily:

  • ¾ cup raisin bran (5 grams)
  • 1 red apple (3 grams)
  • 2 slices whole wheat bread (3.2 grams)
  • lettuce and tomato garnish (.5 grams)
  • 1 cup air-popped popcorn (1.3 grams)
  • 1 cup spinach salad (1.4 grams)
  • 1 pear (4.3 grams)
  • 1 cup cooked long-grain brown rice (3.3 grams)
  • 1 cup cooked carrots (3 grams)
  • 1 kiwi fruit (3.1 grams)

Also helpful are the following suggestions to help you to get the most out of the protein you consume:

  • To compensate for lacking B vitamins from not eating meat, include a variety of legumes, dairy products, whole grains, and dark leafy greens in your daily diet.
  • Couple black, pinto, and cannellini beans with vegetables like tomatoes and peppers, which are high in Vitamin C and will increase your body’s ability to absorb the iron from the beans.
  • Although dairy products are a protein source, and cheese provides calcium as well as protein, it also contributes excessive amounts of fat and calories to your diet. Legumes, raisins, and vegetables provide a better source of protein, or add reduced-fat dairy products.
  • Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP) crumbles can be used as a meat substitute. The texture is similar to ground beef, is basically cooked the same as ground beef, and works well in tacos, chili, and Sloppy Joe recipes.

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