My husband will sometime complain about why we always have to have whole wheat bread and pasta etc. I don’t think he knows the importance of a high fiber diet. He has gotten used to pretty much everything whole wheat in our house though. What fiber does is add bulk and speed the passage of food through the intestine. It helps to prevent constipation, hemorrhoids and diverticulitis. The fiber in fruits, vegetables, beans and oatmeal help to lowe cholesterol. Most adults need 30-35 grams of fiber per day. How do you know if a product is high in fiber? If you look on the food label where it says fiber and it says 5 grams or more that is considered high fiber, if it is 3-4 then it is a good source of fiber. When buying whole wheat products make sure to look at the ingredients to make sure whole wheat is number one. Many bread say wheat bread but if you look at the food label under ingredients enriched flour is the main ingredient and therefore is not high in fiber. If you are not used to wheat products it may take some getting used to.
Here is a good high fiber recipe that I got off of Giant Eagle noodle package. I used whole wheat noodles.
1 (12oz) package wide noodles
1/2 lb sliced much mushrooms
1 1/2-2 cups broccoli florets
1 cup sliced zucchini
1/2 cup red bell pepper, Julienne
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp garlic powder
2 T butter (I didn’t use butter, only cooking spray)
1lb of turkey sausage
8-10 cherry tomatoes (I omitted)
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
Cook noodles. Meanwhile in a large skillet saute vegetables, oregano and garlic powder for 4-5 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add sausage and cover. Cook over medium heat for 2 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and half of cheese. Add noodles to sausage mixture and mix. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top.