Fiber is good for the heart and the digestive system, but did you know that it may also help reduce inflammation? According to the Arthritis Foundation, studies has found that people who eat more fiber have less C-reactive protein in their blood, which is a marker of inflammation connected to rheumatoid arthritis. Fiber is also an important ingredient in protecting your heart from heart disease and stroke. Plus, more fiber can help you feel more full and eat less, which in turn can lead to a healthier body weight.
This red beans and rice recipe super easy to make and packs in 10g of fiber per serving!
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 bell pepper, seeded and chopped
- 2 cups hot cooked brown rice
- 2 cups cooked red beans (kidney, pinto, or other of your choice)
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Heat olive oil in a large pan. Saute onion and bell pepper. Add hot brown rice and beans. Stir in cilantro. When everything is heated through, serve immediately.
Options: A splash of hot sauce or vinegar can personalize your dish without adding calories or fat.
Serves 4. Each serving contains about 274 calories, 11 g protein, 5 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 48 g carbohydrates, 10 g fiber, and 6 mg sodium.