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Fiber & Your Gut: How to Add More Fiber in Your Diet

From the Show: CLEAN Food Network
Summary: Fiber is key in feeding the healthy bacteria in your gut. The problem is that most people don't eat enough fiber.
Air Date: 5/9/16
Duration: 10 Minutes
Guest Bio: Liz Weiss, RD
Liz-WeissLiz Weiss is an award-winning broadcast journalist, speaker, blogger, and spokesperson. She is the co-author of three cookbooks, The Smoothie Bowl Coloring Cookbook: Healthy Recipes and Playful Mandala Food Designs for Kids and Adults (M3 Press, 2015), No Whine with Dinner: 150 Healthy, Kid-Tested Recipes from The Meal Makeover Moms (M3 Press, 2011), and The Moms’ Guide to Meal Makeovers: Improving the Way Your Family Eats, One Meal at a Time (Broadway Books, 2004). Liz champions good nutrition on her website, MealMakeoverMoms.com where she shares healthy “makeover” recipes and practical mealtime advice for families. Liz co-hosts the food and family radio podcast, Cooking with the Moms, and she’s the co-creator of Meal Makeovers, a mobile recipe App filled with kid-friendly recipes and cooking videos. Liz is a columnist for Live Well Digest, a WIC publication, and Relish magazine.

For nearly two decades, Liz wrote and reported on nutrition and health for CNN, PBS, Time Life Medical, ABC Boston, and Ivanhoe Broadcast News. Currently, she hosts the “Meal Makeovers” cooking segment for CNN Accent Health, which runs in 30,000 physician waiting rooms nationwide.

Liz is a sought-after cooking instructor, speaker, and consultant. She has extensive experience as a live television and radio guest. During her career, she has conducted hundreds of live and taped interviews, appearing on NBC’s Today Show, CNN Headline News, the Food Network, FOX News, ABC-Boston, and many more.
  • Book Title: The Smoothie Bowl Coloring Cookbook: Healthy Recipes and Playful Mandala Food Designs for Kids and Adults
  • Guest Twitter Account: @MealMakeovrMoms
Fiber & Your Gut: How to Add More Fiber in Your Diet
Your gut contains trillions of healthy bacteria. These friendly bacteria not only keep your digestion in check, but also promote overall wellness.

Fiber is key in feeding your healthy bacteria. The problem is that most people don't eat enough fiber. 

Most individuals should be getting 35-40 grams of fiber per day.

How can you easily add five extra grams to your diet? 

Registered Dietitian Liz Weiss has some simple ideas:

1/3 cup of black beans. Can be added to salads, soups, quesadillas, even brownies. 
1/3 cup of almonds. Grind up to put on salads, use almond flour, incorporate into trail mix. 
Broccoli. Steamed, sauteed with garlic. 
Pears. Add to smoothies, smoothie bowls.
Avocados. Can be added to almost anything from avocado toast to brownies.

As long as you're getting plenty of nuts, seeds, beans, vegetables, and fruits every day, you can rest easy knowing you're doing your gut a favor.

And, as you shift your diet from all the pre-packaged, processed foods, your fiber intake naturally increases.

Liz joins host Lisa Davis to share why fiber is so important for both gut health and overall health, as well as simple ways you can get more fiber into your diet starting today.

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