5 Fiber Foods to Try When You’re Ready to Up Your Game

sweet potatoes

Eating a pear with your BLT sandwich or adding frozen blueberries to your oatmeal are simple and straightforward ways to Power Up a meal. But what are some of the ignored superfoods you often pass by, which might prove to be game changers for your weight loss?

Here’s a list of my top five natural, foods that are jumpin’ with fiber. These aren’t always the most convenient to eat like bananas or raspberries but they are worth the extra bit of effort to prepare.


Adding a side of beans is the easiest way to Power Up your lunch or dinner. Chili, black, and kidney beans are familiar and an inconspicuous way to add a high fiber option to most any meal. Chili is a great dish to start with because you can eat it by itself or on a baked potato or taco salad.

When eating out, restaurants usually boast side dishes of some sort of beans. Mexican restaurants many times have legendary frijoles de la olla or beans from the pot. Just ask the waiter and you might be in for a tasty Power Up.

Sweet Potatoes

I’ve found sweet potatoes can win the hearts of the pickiest of kiddos. They can taste so good it’s hard to believe they are good for you. Here’s cooking instructions from the people who should know.


Our family goes through an industrial size bag of broccoli almost every week. The reason is it’s quick for my busy wife to steam and the kids will eat it, usually asking for seconds. Broccoli has been one of those familiar staple foods that we depend on to Power Up our main meals. For your family, broccoli might not be the staple. However, it’s a good place to start as you try to develop your list of staple fiber foods.


I put avocados where I use to put Ranch dressing in high school, on everything. Avocados make almost any sandwich pop. There’s not a Mexican dish that they don’t fit with. I garnish soups with them as well as black beans and rice. And then there’s guacamole. I bet they could be good on baked potatoes.


Spinach salads are predictable in the diet world and don’t always inspire excitement. Cooked spinach can make some grown men cry. I’ve found green smoothies are the best way to make spinach a part of breakfast. At our house, we have green smoothies for breakfast most mornings. Smoothies are quick and they make those cold cereal days not feel like a total nutrient loss. If you’d like to try smoothies, here’s a great free smoothie recipe e-book on how to get started.

Try an experiment

This week, select one of the fiber foods mentioned here and try it at least once. You can eat out, open a can for your sack lunch, or build a recipe for dinner. You pick.

Tell us, and everyone else who reads this post what you’re picking. There’s a better chance you’ll follow through if you do.

Let us know if you learn anything interesting from your experiment.


Dan Braun

Dan Braun is General Manager at Full Plate Living who isn’t ashamed to admit he takes great pleasure in tricking his kids into eating healthier. In his free time Dan enjoys mountain biking and dunking on the 7 ft rim with his family.

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