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Christine 03-21-2009 03:28 PM

Secret Fiber Sources for Faster Weight Loss

Face it, fiber's not going out of style anytime soon, because it's heart-healthy and it fills you up. Hungry Girl is here with the 411 on great tasting secret ways to get more fiber into your diet.

Fiber 101

The best place to get your fiber is from natural sources, like...
* Vegetables (broccoli, carrots, celery, cucumbers)
* Fruits (apples, berries, plums, pears)
* Whole grains (brown rice, oats, whole wheat)
* Beans (pick a bean, any bean!)
Need some ideas on how to make these high-fiber foods taste great? Here are our hot tips!

Dip It Good Add some dry ranch mix (or another seasoning blend) to plain fat-free Greek yogurt. You'll get a creamy flavor-packed dip to dunk your veggies in, PLUS the added benefits of yogurt. Salsa also makes an easy 'n' awesome dip for all your favorite vegetables.

Pop 'Til You Drop Yup, popcorn is a whole grain. Keep it simple, though -- low-fat and portion-controlled. Sure, movie theatre popcorn is yummy, but that super-sized container and the oily wannabe butter that it's coated with makes it a major diet-buster. (Some theater popcorns have 1,500 calories! EEEK!)

Mix It Up Get creative and combine high-fiber foods. This is how we came up with two of our favorite (fruit & oatmeal) breakfasts, Berries & Cream Oatmeal Pudding and Choco Monkey Oatmeal? Improvise!

Get Snacky Check out these unexpected fiber finds. From flapjacks to freeze-dried fruit salad...

Fiber One Complete Pancake Mix

(3 prepared pancakes = 180 calories, 3.5g fat, 36g carbs, 5g fiber, 6g protein)
Vitalicious VitaBrownie
(1 brownie = 100 calories, 2g fat, 23g carbs, 6g fiber, 4g protein)

Weight Watchers Reduced Fat Cream Cheese Spread in Individual 1-oz. Cups

(One 1-oz. container = 60 calories, 5g fat, 4g carbs, 3g fiber, 2g protein)
Gnu Foods Cinnamon Raisin Bars
(1 bar = 130 calories, 3g fat, 32g carbs, 12g fiber, 3g protein)

FiberGourmet Light Macaroni & Cheese Dinner

(1 serving, prepared = 180 calories, 2.5g fat, 50g carbs, 18g fiber, 8g protein)
Just Tomatoes Just Fruit Salad
(One 2-oz. tub = 190 calories, 0.5g fat, 48g carbs, 6g fiber, 2g protein)

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