Choose Foods to Chew

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Looking for ways to help with keeping your New Year’s Resolution to eat healthier or lose weight?

One way you can do this is when deciding what to order at a restaurant or even prepare at home, choose foods that require more chewing. Typically these foods provide more satiety per calorie than more processed foods. Choose foods that are high in fiber and low in calories that require more chewing. Some examples are salads, cooked whole grains, fresh fruits, cooked beans, or baked potatoes. These foods make it easier to enjoy a healthy diet that is lower in calories and higher in fiber and nutrients. Here are a few common foods that are good sources of fiber and take time to chew!

* Apples
* Pears
* Carrots
* Oranges
* Grapefruits
* Grapes
* Brown Rice
* Corn on the Cob
* Baked Potatoes
* Yams / Baked Sweet Potatoes
* Cooked Beans / Legumes
* Broccoli / Cauliflower
* Greens (Collards, Lettuce, Kale, Spinach, Turnips, Cabbage)

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Photo of Spring Williams-ByrdSpring Williams-ByrdCounty Extension Director (828) 764-9480 (Office) spring_williams@ncsu.eduBurke County, North Carolina
Updated on May 1, 2015
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