We know that we should probably be eating more fiber, but most of us don’t really know why. The most commonly-cited benefit of fiber is that it helps keep your bowel movements regular, but fiber has tons of other health benefits you may not know about. Since fiber functions as a prebiotic, that is, it feeds the good bacteria in your gut, it helps promote gut health. This can lead to weight loss, reduce cholesterol, and help manage blood sugar. That’s why high-fiber diets are good for you!
But how can you up your fiber intake? There are tons of common foods that you can incorporate into your diet to increase how much fiber you eat every day, without resorting to supplements. Legumes like peas, beans, and lentils are especially fiber-rich. In fact, these foods are way more fiber-full than whole grains, which means that you don’t have to eat tons of whole wheat bread every day!
To help you find an easy fiber fix, here’s a super simple and traditional split pea soup recipe inspired by Debbie’s recipe at Easy Natural Food. It’s vegan, tasty, and even made with the anti-inflammatory wonder spice, turmeric! If you’re wondering why turmeric is so great, check out this blog. For more delicious (and healthy!) recipes, sign up for our email list.
Simple Fiber-Rich Split Pea Soup Recipe
- 1 cup split peas
- 3-4 cups vegetable stock
- ½ teaspoon turmeric
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- ½ tsp. grated fresh ginger
- 1 fresh chili pepper
- ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
- ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- Soak the split peas overnight in a bowl of warm water (make sure the split peas are covered by a couple inches of water). Drain and rinse before cooking.
- Place split peas and stock into a large pot and bring to a boil. Skim off any scum.
- Cover and simmer on low until peas are completely soft (about 1 hour 30 minutes).
- Taste and adjust seasonings as required, adding more broth if it gets too thick.
 Source: Greatist