Today, people appreciate those ingredients in their daily intake that help them keep a good balance between taste and nutrition. A diet filled with fiber and low carbohydrates is all you need to maintain that balance.
We all have been at some point in our lives forced to eat fruits before meals. Except that most of us hated doing so as children, there was a great dietary fact behind it. Fruits rich in fiber helps in feeling full and control the urge to eat at odd hours. It also helps in keeping digestion healthy and cooperating to maintain a healthy stomach.
As we grow and reach adolescence, our purpose behind eating healthy changes. Now it is all about dieting and weight loss. To fulfill our purposes, we tend to completely avoid a few food ingredients from our diet that play a crucial role in our body’s physical development. The same ingredients might secretly help you lose a few extra kgs.
The first mistake is to stop eating breakfast. As many say and I agree, Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It is an opportunity to grab all the fibers for the rest of the day.
Here are a few low-carb high-fiber foods that you should keep in mind while eating the first meal of your day.
A very popular tree nut that can be eaten in either way, with cover and without. It is also great for snacking in a salt-roasted form. If you are eating it every day, be assured of high nutrition, healthy fats, antioxidants, and a bunch of vitamins and minerals including Vitamin E, Magnesium, and Manganese. It’s a great source of fiber and protein that can help in weight loss too!
This is the most savory dry fruit that one can come across. Technically it is a fruit which we have been eating since 6000 BC! It is a green color nut inside a hard shell, rich in Vitamin B6, fibers, and can be devoured with various combinations of vegetables. It is very common among adults as it helps in blood sugar regulation and the formation of hemoglobin. It is a must-have if you are planning to go on a keto diet (low-carb).
As foreign as this fruit’s name sounds, its taste is equally traditional. To all the egg-lovers, Avocados are something that you will love! It is high in healthy fats, Fibers, Potassium, and Vitamins K and C. Generally consumed as a vegetable, the fruit has a unique buttery taste (quite similar to eggs) and can be added to various recipes.
Nothing is better than a mixture of roasted oats and chia seeds first thing in the morning. Although they are pretty small in size, their benefits are quite amazing. They are rich in several nutrients, vitamins, fibers, and proteins. They are the best available plant sources of omega-3 fatty acids. They can also be consumed with yogurt and your morning protein smoothies. If this isn’t the best already, it also provides your body with the calcium and iron it needs, resulting in good cholesterol levels.
The summer season opens a lot of opportunities for us to enjoy those seasonal fruits that are fresh and juicy. Blackberries are one of them. A sweet, tart flavor, this fruit is rich in Vitamin C and Fibers. It not only helps in following a high-fiber, low-carb diet but is among the most antioxidant-rich fruits. This helps reduce the risk of chronic inflammation, protect our body from a few types of cancer, and reduce the risks of heart and lung diseases. Adding to its richness, it is a fat-burning fruit, preferred by all age groups.
The most popular and preferred low-carb diets begin with this essential vegetable. It is highly versatile and can be made to substitute almost anything, including a low-carb pizza crust! It is consumed in various combinations including, boiled, roasted, cooked and dry. It is high in Fiber, Vitamins, and rich minerals. As if this wasn’t enough, its consumption is a good source of choline, helpful in increasing metabolism and improving brain and liver health.
Another part of the Brassica family after Cauliflower, Broccoli is low in calories and carbs but one of the rich sources of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. In addition to this, it is one of those vegetables that can be enjoyed either cooked or raw. However, it provides the greatest results when consumed after boiling it.
Commonly known as Brinjal, is an extremely good source of fiber and various vitamins and minerals, including manganese, folate, potassium. It eases off digestion and has very few calories. If you are looking for maintaining a balanced diet, Eggplant is a must-have at least in one meal throughout the day.
Also known as Red Cabbage, is a nutritious way to balance your diet and add a pop of color. Following a particular diet can sometimes be overwhelming and boring, adding colors to the dishes might help you in maintaining your motivational spirits and successfully completing your diet routine. Although Purple Cabbage tastes very similar to green cabbage, purple varies in providing better and improved heart and bone health, reduced inflammation, and great metabolism. Having this on your plate at least once in a while can surely become a great source of fibers and vitamins like K and C.
One of the most important ingredients to add to your diet are green leafy vegetables. We all have been at least once forced by our parents to eat these vegetables. Spinach, Kale, Green beans, Asparagus, Cucumber, Kale are some of them. They are basic vegetables of most low-carb diets. They are rich in fiber, meaning one feels full after its consumption. Although you must have heard great benefits about these vegetables from your family doctors, it should be your go-to when you feel indecisive about your menu. They can be consumed in various combinations including, sauteed (cooked), creamed (with sauces), or steamed.
It is not necessarily needed from an individual to eat every mentioned item here but this can definitely be used as a guide to formulate your perfect low carb high fiber diet plan. It is important to remember that one shouldn’t overconsume the fibers and have a balance between carbs and fats. Following a diet means eating in moderation and not removing any particular ingredient completely. Taking care of your own body is a prime need of the hour especially during these tough times. Feed yourself with green goodies every day.