Since moving back to Pennsylvania, I spend a lot of time in my car.
I mean, you kind of have to when the nearest shopping is twenty minutes away.
Anyway, as I was listening to the radio, I heard that there was a study conducted that concluded individuals who increased their fiber intake lost more weight than individuals who counted calories. Apparently, increasing your fiber intake allows you to get fuller quicker and stay fuller longer, so you tend to eat less without making an effort.
And I’m all about trimming a few extra pounds without any additional effort.
So, you know I had to jump right on that and quickly ran out to the store to purchase some Metamucil. Because Metamucil has about a quarter of the amount of fiber you need in a day. And that just means I don’t have to eat more vegetables to get that extra fiber. Because, really. Why in the world would I want to do that?
Howeverrrr. It’s become sort of a habit for me to start checking food labels. Especially because I tried to do Whole30 once (Yes. Tried.) and came to the conclusion that sugar is in absolutely everything. So, now I typically check to see how much sugar is in a product. And while the nutrition label had a nice little “-” in the spot where the grams of sugar should have been listed, tricking me into thinking there was no sugar, the very first ingredient was sucrose. Or, you know: table sugar.
So, yeah. I quickly put that down. Totally not worth it in my book. Plus. The price tag was outrageous.
This is pretty much where Pinterest saves the day, people. Like always. Because I totally found a recipe on making a healthy alternative. Made with what should be the first ingredient in Metamucil: psyllium husk. And stevia. Because honestly? Have you ever tasted psyllium husk on it’s own? It tastes like cardboard. (This would be the part where my mom asks “and how would you know what cardboard tastes like?”) And it doesn’t dissolve on it’s own. So, you definitely need an ingredient that dissolves. And tastes good.
- 24 oz. bag of psyllium husk powder
- 4 c. Stevia in the Raw
Whisk ingredients together in a large bowl. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.
To use: Add 1 tsp. – 1 tbsp. of the mixture into a glass and pour at least 8 oz. of liquid (I just use water – but you can totally add it to juice or smoothies for a bit more flavor) over top. Stir until powder has dissolved.**
**In the time it takes me to drink the glass of water I’ve added this to, it starts to thicken. I typically add a bit more water to it to thin it out especially because psyllium can be a potential choking hazard. Because of this, I advise reading up on the drugs facts for any potential dangers and side effects that may occur.
Be prepared to see some possible super high-fiber recipes coming your way.