Fiber: it’s one of those foods you know you should be eating more of, whether you’ve talked it over with our doctor or you’ve read up on how it can keep you in shape. While it’s a good idea to eat fiber all day long, jump-starting your morning with a healthy dose of it can help you feel full and energetic all morning instead of crashing as the day wears on.
And while you can get fiber from a bowl packed with cereal, that’s not always the most filling (or, let’s be honest, exciting) way to start your day. If you’re ready to whip up a great, fiber-rich breakfast in no time, here are a few things you should definitely get onto your plate.
Nuts and Seeds
Not only are nuts and seeds high in fiber, but they also add some delicious texture to anything you’re eating. If you’re looking for a simple win, add a tablespoon of chia seeds—worth about 6 grams of fiber—to your morning oatmeal or smoothie.
Whole Grain Toast
No matter what you’re eating, whole grains are a great source of fiber, and since bread is the most likely carb you’ll be chowing down on in the morning, a simple switch to whole grain can get you more grams of satisfying fiber. If toast isn’t your thing, other whole-grain breads will do the trick as well—English muffins can have around 5 grams of fiber per serving, and they’re great paired with a protein-rich egg.
Avocados are nutritional powerhouses. Packed with tons of healthy fat, not to mention their creamy texture and delicious flavor, they go with almost anything you can put on your plate. One avocado has about 14 grams of fiber, so it’s a great addition to that toast or egg sandwich you were going to chow down on!
Fruits and Vegetables
In general, fruits and vegetables are great sources of fiber—and they’re also perfect for a quick snack if you need one later in the morning. Berries tend to have more fiber than other options, with raspberries offering nearly 8 grams per cup. Take a handful on the way out of your house for a healthy mid-morning snack. Where veggies are concerned, don’t hesitate to add some spinach and broccoli to that omelet, or to pair your breakfast sandwich with some charred tomatoes.
When you’re trying to get a healthy meal on the go, smoothies can be the best and quickest way to do it. Frozen fruit and fresh spinach are packed with fiber, so you really can’t go wrong with whatever combination you prefer.
Packing more of these simple foods into your morning rotation can help you hit your daily fiber goals fast, and keep you from reaching into that box of donuts at work! Pairing these meals with other good food habits from my blog can help you take steps toward a healthier, happier lifestyle, so check out my other posts for more guides.