22 Feb Fiber To Go
I was traveling for work last month, and after a few days I began feeling “digestively challenged.” I hadn’t brought as many fiber-rich snacks as I normally do, and I just wasn’t feeling myself. I mentioned this to my friend (and coworker) and she generously offered some of her fiber drink.
I’m not sure which brand it was, but it was a yummy orange flavor. It tasted really great, but a little too great… if you catch my drift. So, I asked to see the empty packet before she threw it in the trash. I was floored when I read the sugar content: For every 2 tablespoons of the product, there were almost two tablespoons of sugar. Yikes – there was more sugar than fiber! Lesson learned. It’s always better to get your nutrition (whether it be fiber, vitamins or minerals) from whole foods, whenever possible. You just never know what could be lurking in those powder drinks.
Instead, get your fill of fiber-rich foods, like flaxseed, fruits and vegetables when you can. Here are a few tips for getting enough fiber on-the-go:
• Mix a tablespoon of flaxseed with a little water and drink it down real quick. It doesn’t taste great, but you’ll get a good dose of fiber without any unwanted additives.
• Carry a bag of baby carrots along with you. When you get hungry, just pop them in your mouth a little fiber boost.
• If you do have to resort to powdered drinks, always check the labels for excess sugar and calories. If it seems excessive, opt for an apple instead.