PHOTO: JOEL GOLDBERG; FOOD STYLING: ERIKA JOYCE
In a perfect world, we’re all eating healthy breakfasts, lunches, and dinners all at the same time every day, and never end up feeling hungry, frazzled, or tired. In the real world, though, we often find ourselves reaching for quantity and convenience over quality for our meals, sometimes even skipping them altogether. 😱 We’ve got lots of inspiration for healthy meals, but what about those days when even those best laid plans fall apart? Enter: high-fiber snacks. Even when you don’t have time for a full meal, these 30 high-fiber snacks will help get you through your day and fight off hanger, guaranteed.
What is fiber? We’re going to get a little scientific for you. Fiber is an indigestible carbohydrate that comes from plants. Unlike regular carbohydrates, it doesn’t get turned into sugar (glucose) during digestion, which means it can help control your blood sugar levels, keep you feeling full and, we gotta be honest, keep you regular. All wins in our book!
Where can I find it? Fiber comes from plant-based foods, so pretty much all fruits and vegetables contain it. Trying to add more produce to your diet is always a good idea, but if quality options aren’t as available to you for whatever reason, there are lots of other options too. Other foods like beans, whole grains, legumes, and nuts are also high in fiber and are great for snacking on.
Snacks. Snacks. Snacks. Craving potato chips (technically they do have some fiber, but not much else)? Try swapping them for another crunchy, high-fiber option instead, like our Brussels sprout chips, our roasted chickpeas, our baked plantain chips, or our stovetop popcorn. Looking for something more substantial but just as pop-able? We’ve got high-fiber swaps for that too: Check out our yuca fries (with creamy avocado dip), our peanut butter protein bites, or our broccoli baked falafel bites (with spicy tahini dip). Are your preferred snacks more like mini meals, best eaten with a fork? Check out our black bean tostadas, our chicken salad stuffed avocado, our chickpea “tuna” salad, or our lentil salad. Make a batch of any of these recipes before your week starts, and you’ll be set to ward against low-energy, hunger, and general meal dissatisfaction ALL week long.