Have I mentioned that I'm passionate about fiber? Really, I am. Some people, like my dear husband, can eat pizza every day for years and still feel great and stay healthy. Other people, like myself, have to eat the right foods to feel good each day. If I don't eat plenty of vegetables, I can feel a difference. If I have refined sugar, I'm pretty sure it contributes to my headaches. If I don't get enough fiber in my diet - and guess what? Most Americans don't! - my tummy isn't very happy with me.
About a year ago I started to follow in my Dad's footsteps and take Yerba Prima psyllium husks each day to supplement my dietary fiber intake. I usually mix it into my morning fresh fruit smoothie, but sometimes if the day's end is drawing near and I haven't had it yet, I just stir it into a glass of water - blech.
If you're actively trying to get 30 grams of fiber each day like you should, you've probably noticed that it isn't always easy. That's why I was so ecstatic to discover Fiberful Fruit Leather at Trader Joe's on Monday. It comes in Apricot and Mixed Berry, it's all natural with no added sweeteners, and each small piece of fruit leather contains a whopping six grams of fiber! Best of all, it's delicious and you'd never guess there was psyllium seed packed in there. At $0.40 a piece, it's not a cost-effective solution for daily fiber intake, but it makes for a great occasional snack or treat.