4 Ways to Add More Fiber to Your Diet {Luna Fiber Bar Giveaway} – CLOSED

Fiber, found in all plant-based foods in varying amounts, is good for our health, but why? How much do you need? And how can you get more fiber into your diet?

There are two kinds of fiber:

  1. Soluble fiber is associated with lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol, regulating blood sugar, and a lower risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. It can be found in foods such as: beans, peas, lentils, oatmeal, oat bran, nuts, seeds, psyllium, apples, pears, strawberries, and blueberries.
  2. Insoluble fiber is found in whole grains, barley, couscous, brown rice, bulgur, wheat bran, nuts, seeds, carrots, cucumbers, zucchini, celery, green beans, dark leafy vegetables, raisins, nuts, grapes, and tomatoes. Grandma called it roughage, and one of the benefits of insoluble fiber is that it helps keep you regular, prevents constipation, and reduces the risk of diverticular disease.

So how much fiber do you need?
Unfortunately the US government’s 2010 Dietary Guidelines indicated that Americans do not eat enough fiber †” The average adult only eats 15 grams of fiber per day. This isn’t enough because it recommended that you should be getting 14 grams of fiber for every 1,000 calories you eat. For women this means 25 grams per day and for men this means 38 grams per day.

Why am I telling you this?
Well the good folk at LUNA, makers of the LUNA Whole Nutrition Bar for Women, have introduced a brand new bar today called LUNA Fiber:

LUNA Fiber has 7g of fiber per bar, and comes in three delicious flavours: Peanut Butter Strawberry, Blueberry Vanilla, and Chocolate Raspberry (the Chocolate Raspberry one looks delicious!). With only 110-120 calories, it’s a great low-calorie way to increase your fiber intake. As well they contain calcium, folic acid, iron and vitamin D †” otherwise known as the CORE4 vitamins and minerals.

Here are four suggested ways to get more fiber into your diet:

  1. Start your day with a LUNA Fiber bar that contains 7 grams of fiber.
  2. Choose whole fruit over juice. Whole fruit can have as much as twice the amount of fiber as a glass of juice.
  3. Toss beans into soups, stews, egg dishes, salads, chili, and Mexican dishes. Substitute beans for meat in at least one vegetarian meal per week
  4. Make snacks count as opportunities to enjoy foods high in fiber. For instance, snack on raw vegetables with bean dip or hummus.

WIN IT!!

I have THREE boxes of LUNA Fiber Bars to give to ONE lucky reader!

(Ends on May 1st , 2012)

Required entry:
Tell me why you want to win this! What are your NUTRITION goals?

Extra entries (Leave a separate comment for each entry):
1. Subscribe** to my Fitness Cheerleader newsletter of Fitness Tips & Motivation = 1 entry.
2. Tweet about this giveaway (click that Retweet button at the bottom of this post) = 1 entry.
3. Like the Fitness Cheerleader on FACEBOOK = 1 entry.

** Because I believe in motivating everyone, there’s something for everyone!
Everyone who SUBSCRIBES to my email newsletter as an extra entry, will also get a download link to a Walk N Tone mp3 that I recorded just for you!

My downloadable mp3, can be played on any mp3 player. It leads you through a fun and vigorous 40 min workout with 3 sets of upper body strengthening exercises to help you tone (and strengthen) your upper body while you walk. You can walk circles in the comfort of your home while listening to my mp3, or on a treadmill, or even outside. The only thing you need is an mp3 player (or ipod, or iphone etc) and a set of hand weights.

This giveaway will end on: May 1, 2012 at 11:59 PM EST

Good luck!

CONGRATS TO REBECCA (@RUtheMOMof) FOR WINING THIS GIVEAWAY!

Thanks for stopping by,
Janice
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Comments

  1. says

    I want to win this because I love LUNA bars! They’re so easy to grab in the middle of the day when you don’t have time to whip up something with extra fiber. Plus, they’re delicious :) great giveaway!
    Yellow Haired Girl´s last post ..Your Future Self

  2. says

    I’ve been watching my fiber intake recently at the suggestion of my Weight Watchers leader. I’d like to give these Luna Bars a try. I’ve been aiming for 25g per day for the past week. These would give me a boost! Thanks for the chance!
    Mandy Manley´s last post ..First Half Marathon

  3. says

    This is rock star! I’d love to grab some extra fiber in the AM with a bar. I currently try to get it through my morning cereal, but sometimes when I’m on-the-go, it just isnt as convenient. I’m pretty happy with my fitness, but I could stand to lose 5-10 lbs, maybe this will be the missing ingredient. Thanks again.

    Subscribed, Tweeted, and Liked. That makes me 3 for 3.
    PavementRunner´s last post ..An Easy 10 with… Courtney and Lucas

  4. says

    First of all, I LOVE any bars that have extra fiber in them! 2nd, the flavors sound AWESOME!! and third, I love LunaBars!!!

    My nutrition goals is to eat more protein!
    Kelsey´s last post ..Crazy Busy!

  5. Courtney Riddles says

    I would love to win this set of Luna bars. My goal is to eat healthy and stay fit, despite a busy college schedule. It’s easy to fall off the wagon in college, and my goal is to avoid that. These would help, especially on my long days!

  6. Alex says

    I would love to win these fiber bars because I am always interested in increasing my fiber intake. My goals are to stay healthy, fit, and full.

  7. billiejean says

    I want to win these because they just sound so good! I hope they taste as good as the packaging looks! :P My nutrition goals are to eat as clean as I possibly can, with the occasional “treat”, and Luna does a great job at that!

  8. Jordan D says

    These would be awesome to keep in my car for a quick snack since I’m always driving for work!

  9. katherine d says

    i want to win because I’m trying to get my body back into balance :) it’s all about health

    katherinedibello (at) gmail (dot) com

  10. ashley says

    hey there!

    I’d like to win this giveaway because i’m also a healthy eater (think, Chobani) and I’d love to get more involved in fitness!

  11. says

    These sound delicious!

    I’d love to win because I am in the early stages of giving up processed sugar and know that I need to eat more fiber. THese sound like the perfect solution!

    Thanks!

  12. Georgina says

    I love LunaBars and need to get more fiber in diet so these would definitely help out in my nutrition plan! :)

  13. Ray says

    My nutrition goal is to cut back on my sugar intake and increase the protein and fiber intake in my diet.