I recently discovered Fiber One cereal, and am amazed at the amount of fiber it provides. As I’ve learned, adding fiber to your diet, has many benefits. Not only does it make you feel fuller, it aids in your digestive system. Recent studies say that it helps prevent heart disease and may reduce the risk of cancer.
I’ve begun adding Fiber One to my morning shake. I use either cranberry or pomegranate juice (I dilute it with water), then I add a scoop of protein powder, a quarter cup of Fiber One, some liquid glucosomine, frozen mixed berries, and a few ice cubes. I blend it all together, and find it sustains me for several hours. (If it’s too thick, just add a little more water).
Before I purchased my first box of Fiber One, I had tasted “cookies” made out of it. You melt a 12 oz. bag of chocolate chips (I used butterscotch), then add one bag of Fiber One (there are two bags in the box). Stir the melted chips into the Fiber One, then use a large tablespoon and scoop spoonfuls of it onto a sheet of waxed paper. Allow the “cookies” to cool and then transfer them into an airtight container. Easy! I think this would be a great way to get more fiber into a child’s diet also.
The cookies are a great way to get extra fiber into your diet, however, I like the taste of the Fiber One, so I not only have it in my breakfast shake, but will eat it with milk as well. It also makes a good dry “snack” when you’re craving something crunchy.
WARNING: If you or your children are currently not eating a lot of fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grain foods, increase your intake of fiber slowly-otherwise, you might be spending just a little too much time in the bathroom.
UPDATE: Read my post on How To Get Children To Eat Vegetable, and comments from Dr. Oz on Oprah about the importance of adding fiber to your diet.