Summer is fast approaching and one of my favorite “get slim quick” secrets is a chopped raw veggie salad. Raw veggies are packed with nutrition but they are also packed with fiber which plays a vital role in weight loss!
Fiber is only found in foods from plants, such as beans, grains, vegetables, and fruits. It passes through the body with very little change in the digestive system. That means that fiber provides few or no calories, in addition to having many health benefits.
Fiber provides many benefits. While maintaining the health of the digestive tract, it also lowers the risk of certain cancers, heart disease, and diabetes. It helps control the appetite, so it’s easier to keep weight in check. Because it is found only in plant foods, vegetarians tend to have very high fiber intakes, which may be one of the reasons vegetarians are generally healthier and slimmer than meat–eaters. (source)
A high-fiber diet has many benefits, which include:
- Normalizes bowel movements. Dietary fiber increases the weight and size of your stool and softens it. A bulky stool is easier to pass, decreasing your chance of constipation. If you have loose, watery stools, fiber may also help to solidify the stool because it absorbs water and adds bulk to stool.
- Helps maintain bowel health. A high-fiber diet may lower your risk of developing hemorrhoids and small pouches in your colon (diverticular disease). Some fiber is fermented in the colon. Researchers are looking at how this may play a role in preventing diseases of the colon.
- Lowers cholesterol levels. Soluble fiber found in beans, oats, flaxseed and oat bran may help lower total blood cholesterol levels by lowering low-density lipoprotein, or “bad,” cholesterol levels. Studies also have shown that fiber may have other heart-health benefits, such as reducing blood pressure and inflammation.
- Helps control blood sugar levels. In people with diabetes, fiber — particularly soluble fiber — can slow the absorption of sugar and help improve blood sugar levels. A healthy diet that includes insoluble fiber may also reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
- Aids in achieving healthy weight. High-fiber foods generally require more chewing time, which gives your body time to register when you’re no longer hungry, so you’re less likely to overeat. Also, a high-fiber diet tends to make a meal feel larger and linger longer, so you stay full for a greater amount of time. And high-fiber diets also tend to be less “energy dense,” which means they have fewer calories for the same volume of food. (source)
For this recipe you’ll need:
- assorted chopped greens – I used romaine, spinach, kale, parsley and arugula
- veggies of choice – I used shredded carrots, cauliflower, and beets, diced celery, halved grape tomatoes, sunflower sprouts, and avocado
- vinaigrette dressing of choice – I used my own Liquid Gold recipe
Simply layer all your ingredients together in a large salad bowl and ENJOY!! This makes a great lunch or dinner meal and the best part?! You can have as much of it as you want!! There is no limit on the quantity! You can also mix it up by using different kinds of veggies.
Some other weight loss salads you’ll love:
Remember to Fiber-Up and enjoy!!
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