Wanting to add more fiber in your diet? A smoothie is a tasty way to do it. A few simple additions to any smoothie can increase your fiber consumption. You don’t have to overload the smoothie with fiber. Gradually increasing your fiber consumption is a better approach. Test out these different fiber-boosting ingredients.
Berries are a natural source of fiber that work very well in smoothies. Most smoothies are fruit-based, so it makes sense to use berries as a main ingredient. You can add all one type of berry or do a mixture of different types of berries. The fruit also adds sweetness to the smoothie so you don’t have to add any extra sweetener. If you use frozen berries, the fruit thickens the smoothie. The water content of fresh berries will thin out the smoothie, so you might need to add ice cubes if you want it thick and frosty.
Another source of fiber for your smoothie is certain vegetables. Avocado is an example. Since it doesn’t have a strong flavor, it won’t overpower your smoothie. It also has a creamy consistency that can make your smoothie creamier overall. Greens can also add fiber to the smoothie. Try kale or spinach. When blended well, the greens aren’t noticeable.
Oats or Cereal
Oats and cereal are often a good source of fiber. They also add some texture to your smoothie. Blend in the cereal or oats when you add the other ingredients. The liquids in the smoothie soften the cereal and help them integrate into the mixture. If you’re not sure about the texture, start with a small amount and gradually increase.
Beans are another great source of fiber. White beans have a mild flavor. Cooked white beans are soft and blend well so they integrate into the rest of the smoothie ingredients. If you add enough other flavorful components, you probably won’t notice the beans at all. The beans can also help thicken up your smoothie.
Another way to add a little extra fiber to your smoothie is by blending in some nut butter. Pair the nut butters with bananas for a tasty combination. You also get a protein boost from the nut butter.