Eat More Plants! Consider These Superstars

Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. Michael Pollan, author of In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto

For most of us, our guts are screaming, “Eat more plants!” This is because our gut needs friendly bacteria to help digest our food, fight pathogens, maintain a heathy weight, and fend off some diseases, including cancer. Research has shown that if you want more friendly bacteria, which relies on fiber to flourish, you should eat more plants. 

All whole plant foods provide some fiber but these superstars will help you reach a goal of the recommended 22 to 28 grams per day.

  1. Navy beans – 1 cup cooked – 19.1 grams
  2. Lentils – 1 cup cooked – 15.6 grams
  3. Black beans – 1 cup cooked – 15 grams
  4. Green peas – 1 cup cooked – 8.8 grams
  5. Avocado – 1/2 large – 8.5 grams
  6. Bulgur – 1 cup cooked – 8.2 grams
  7. Raspberries – 1 cup – 8 grams
  8. Pear – 1 medium – 5.5 grams
  9. Brussel sprouts – 1 cup cooked – 4.1 grams
  10. Oats – 1 cup uncooked – 4 grams

Source of list: Experience Life magazine

Affirmation: I eat plants.

Coaching questions: What is your gut telling you about your diet? Are you listening? What’s one thing you will do this week to move towards having a healthier gut? 

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