We get asked all the time about how to increase fiber in our green smoothie recipes. You can only add so much spinach or kale before you’re over it. So I thought, “Why don’t we make Fiber Smoothie Boost Cubes?” So we did! While we were at it, we decided it would be a great time to add in some protein as well.
The importance of fiber and regularity
Staying “regular” is a top priority for most of us, or at least it should be! Fiber works like little scrubbing brushes on the inside of our digestive tract. It adds bulk and keeps things moving along when in proper balance. Regularity is a sign that the body is working like it’s supposed to use the nutrients consumed and rid itself of waste or excess.Please note that “regularity” is the ideal situation.
There are a lot of conditions, medications, and situations where regularity is really difficult to achieve. See your health practitioner for specific recommendations if constipation, diarrhea, bloating, and excess gas are an ongoing problem for you.
Another trick to staying regular is to make sure you’re consuming enough food, preferably moderately high or high in fiber, at regular intervals. Skipping meals or eating too little (such as with fasting, dieting, calorie-dense but low-volume foods) can contribute to irregularity. In any case, it is super important to make sure your body is getting enough fiber and that your digestive tract is humming along.
Protein + Fiber: a dream team
Protein and fiber go hand in hand for keeping the body satiated. Both help stabilize blood sugar and burn more slowly than quick, or simple carbs like white flour and sugar.
A balanced meal will include protein, complex carbohydrates, and fats. Within those parameters, all kinds of food can fulfill the requirements, and sometimes more than one.
If protein is consumed without fiber, it can lead to a backup, if you know what I mean. Straight-up protein can be hard on the digestive tract and cause things to slooooooow way down. (Plant protein less so because, you guessed it – it’s higher in fiber than animal protein.)