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I was just wondering if anyone had any good tips for getting enough fiber in my gluten-free diet. Before i used to have a lot of bran and ate mostly whole wheat foods, and i find that im not getting much fiber now. I hate taking supplements. I try to eat fruit and veggies as much as possible and i just bought flaxmeal to put in yogurt, but w/ 2 jobs and law school i am always eating on the run. Any tips for high-fiber snacks to bring w/ me each day?? are there good high fiber bars or something?

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Hey Stefi,

The Organic Food Bars provide 6 or 7g, as well as lots of other goodies (Omega-3 Flax if you go for that bar, Active Greens if you prefer). 7g isn't all you need obviosuly, but it's about a quarter so it's a decent start. Plus the bars are delicious. I usually eat one a day.

http://www.organicfoodbar.com/usa/prod.html

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i'm in law school too ! i totally feel you on having to bring food with you and eating on the run. my caf at my school is buffet style so even if they had something gluten-free it'd be cross contaminated beyond hope.

some good ways to get fiber are:

making flax/psyllium seed waffles (they're pretty good and loaded with fiber) i got the recipe on here

dates are a good snack source of fiber, plus i cut them in half and stick mixed nuts in them (also fiber) and it's a perfect quick snack - and i ALWAYS have a pack of peanuts on me for high calorie, high fiber, but very small to keep in my backpack food

there's some pastas made from beans that are LOADED with fiber but pretty bad tasting so i mix them with normal pasta in something lasagna to hide the taste but get fiber

potato pasta which is actually pretty good has some fiber

sweet potatoes are another good source, sometimes i bake a bunch at a time then refridgerate them. they microwave really really well so i'll bring them to school for lunch

of course there's beans, which i've found microwave pretty well so it's another thing you can bring to school

that's it for now off the top of my head. pretty much i've just tried to start paying close attention to what has fiber and what doesn't. with pasta and things like that i'm at the point where i usually just get the kind with fiber and only occasionally eat no-fiber

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These are a couple of recipes from seekwellness.com - Maybe they can help you

Easy Brown Rice and Beans

4 tbsp Brown rice

3/4 cup water

7 oz can stewed tomatoes

1/3 cup chopped celery (1 stalk)

1/3 cup chopped onions (1/2 medium onion)

1/2 cup chopped green pepper (1/2 medium)

7 oz can red kidney beans or (1/2 14 oz can)

Pinch of garlic powder

2 drops hot sauce

Dash of pepper.

Cook rice in water until water is absorbed. In skillet cook chopped celery, onion, and green peppers slowly over low heat about 10 minutes. Add drained canned beans, stewed tomatoes and seasoning. Bring to a boil, and then simmer uncovered about 10 minutes. Add cooked rice and mix. Makes 2-3 servings.

One dish Meal

Lean ground beef 1/3 lb.

Canned or fresh tomatoes diced 1/2 cup

Rice (uncooked) 1/4 cup

Water 1/3 cup

Pepper to taste

Cooked split peas or frozen thawed green peas 1 cup

Put ground beef in a pan and cook over medium heat until browned. Drain off fat. Add tomatoes, rice, water and pepper. Cover and boil gently about 25 minutes or until rice is tender. Add split peas. Heat moderately until hot. Makes 2 servings.

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Thank you all - very helpful suggestions! it ends up being so easy to grab a snickers or M&Ms from the vending machine and i feel like im living on sugar when i dont plan in advance...but as u know astyanax its really hard to plan in advance with such a non-routine schedule!

cornbread- do u know of any stores that carry those bars or do u get them online? they look perfect for on-the-go!

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you can go for more whole grain type breads....not just the white rice flour and tapico type. i vote for beans too--they have soluble and nonsolube fiber both.

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