The holiday season is over, and it's time to give our bodies a break. If you're feeling bloated, overstuffed, and just a little bit uncomfortable, you're not alone, and the new year is a great time to get back on track and include a host of healthy foods in your repertoire. While it's not always everyone's favorite conversation topic, high-fiber food is a great way to get your digestion back to normal, and some studies have shown that a diet high in fiber is more important than cutting calories or fat for dropping those holiday pounds. Here are four of our very favorite recipes featuring high-fiber food for Meatless Monday.
Lentils are a great choice in the new year, and not just because they're healthy and packed full of protein and fiber. Lentils are traditionally associated with money and are eaten around the world to encourage blossoming finances in the new year. In Italy, green lentils are eaten right after midnight, and lentil soup is also frequently eaten in Germany and Brazil in the new year. Many of these traditional dishes pair lentils with pork, but for a healthier and lighter version of this lucky dish with even more fiber, we love this lentil ragout with pumpkin. Spiced up with chili flakes, garlic, and fresh herbs, this stew is just as flavorful as it is healthy.
If you like the idea of a lentil soup but are looking for different flavors, this version might be more your jam. This lentil soup also includes black-eyed peas, which are traditionally eaten in the American south for New Year's. The soup features everyone's favorite detox ingredient -- kale -- as well as a host of flavorful spices like cumin, paprika, and chili flakes.
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This winter salad packs a lot of nutrients onto one plate. A base of mixed lettuces, including iron-rich spinach, is topped with phenolic acid-packed walnuts -- a great source of healthy fat -- and antioxidant power source pomegranates. Together, the ingredients make for a salad that's delicious to eat and is packed full of fiber.
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This vegan soup is a fantastic, fiber-rich recipe packed with green fruits and veggies. Vitamin-packed broccoli, peppery arugula, and creamy avocado are blended together with a hint of lemon juice for a flavorful, refreshing soup that will hopefully get you back on the track of healthful, mindful eating after a season of overindulging.
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