Saturday, April 30, 2011

Seeds aren't just for the birds...

I have recently been learning about Psyllium Seeds and the great fiber benefits that come with them. You all know I love healthy doses of fiber so it's no surprise these caught my attention. Okay, just a quick reminder of why we love fiber:
*It helps lower your cholesterol
*It helps regulate blood sugar
*It keeps your colon healthy
*It makes you feel full faster so that you don't eat as much
*It can help you loose/maintain weight
*Fiber is your friend!

Some more fiber facts:
*You need 25-35 grams of total fiber every day.
*Insoluble fiber helps with colon health while soluble fiber helps lower cholesterol - BOTH are beneficial.
*Dietary fiber is found in WHOLE grain products, fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, beans and legumes.

Why Psyllium seeds? Because for 1Tablespoon of ground seeds you get 6, yes, SIX grams of fiber with 5, F-I-V-E, amazing grams of soluble fiber. That is huge! And, the best part of these seeds is that they can pretty much be incorporated into anything you currently eat. Throw some on your salad, in soup, cereal, sauce, baked goods, smoothies, yogurt, you name it! I made these oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and threw in a couple of tablespoons of psyllium seeds for a little extra crunch and a whole lot of fiber. Delicious!

Let me know what you choose to do with them! Enjoy!

****As with all fiber posts, there is a disclaimer...When increasing fiber, you MUST increase your fluid intake too otherwise you will find yourself feeling VERY uncomfortable! :-)

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