I pride myself on practicing what I preach. If I do not believe in something enough to commit myself to it, I would never suggest or expect anyone else to commit to that something. Here are my Fiber Challenge results…
My total dietary fiber for yesterday (Monday, February 12th) was, pretty accurately, just over 63 grams. Where did all that fiber come from? The fiber containing foods that I ate yesterday were oatmeal, sweet potato, bell pepper, tomato, peanut butter, blackberries, spinach, acorn squash, onions, mushrooms, garlic, pear, garlic, a Myoplex RTD shake, some flax meal, and a cliff bar. That is not all that I ate for the day (animal flesh foods do not contain fiber), but those are all the items that I ate yesterday that contain dietary fiber.
You might not know this, but Mäni’s menu is loaded with fiber. Anything that contains whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and other plant products is going to contain some fiber because Mani’s does not use refined ingredients.
Maximizing your fiber intake at Mäni’s :
Breakfast – Include potatoes and/or fruit with your egg dish focusing on including as many vegetables to your scramble or omelet of choice. If you are not an egg person (and there are a few or you out there), you could do the same with the tofu scramble, go for either of the Mäni’s Homemade Granola or Açai and Granola Bowl, or try one of the multi-grain waffle choices.
Lunch and Dinner – You can’t really go wrong. Pick the salad that appeals to you (they are loaded with veggies and fruit). The sandwiches are made with unrefined flour so they are all good choices for fiber along with the veggies filling them up (same with the burgers). Soup and chili are packed with fiber in relation to the number of calories that they contain.
Bakery – Even the Mäni’s baked goods are going to contain more fiber than your ordinary baked goods because of the commitment to unrefined ingredients.
Fiber is abundant at Mäni’s. Take the Fiber Challenge and let me know your results. If you find that you are falling short with your daily fiber intake; add more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes or stop by Mäni’s and pick something up that contains these ingredients. Fiber is an amazing nutrient (more on fiber next week).
Garrett, that’s a great overview of the types of food that contain fiber. Is there anywhere online that I can get a fiber count on specific foods?Comment by Denise on 2/14 at 5:10 pm
This website has a good listing of food items. I just looked up “Dietary fiber serving” in google and it showed up.
Hope that helps!Comment by Sophia Tsai on 2/14 at 8:18 pm
A great website for looking up the nutritonal infomation of different foods, food products, and restaurant meals is http://www.calorieking.com. Use the text field that is labeled “food search.”Comment by Garrett Cooke on 2/15 at 9:05 pm
Thanks for the great links, they are very helpful. According to Weigh Watchers, women need at least 25 gms of fiber per day and men need 35. What’s your take on that?Comment by Denise on 2/17 at 3:48 pm
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