As you may recall, I embarked on the Metamucil Two-Week Challenge to see how adding their psyllium super fiber would impact my overall daily wellness routine. Now that the official Challenge is over, I can proudly say that I rocked it! I had fiber boost smoothies, cookies, and breakfast bowls. YUM, YUM and YUM!!!
This Challenge reignited the spark in me to take my diet and nutrition more seriously. My plan was to focus on increasing my intake of fruits, vegetables, healthy proteins and fiber. Metamucil made it super easy to increase my fiber throughout my day.
My Two-Week Challenge
What I loved most about the Challenge was getting creative with recipes. After a couple of days, I realized mixing it with only water was not my thing so I used some of the Metamucil recipes online to give me a few ideas. Sometimes I used their recipes directly and sometimes they inspired me to create my own.
It took my body about two days to get used to the increase in fiber. I had a little bit of extra bloating, but nothing that was too uncomfortable. After that, it was smooth sailing as my body was simply adjusting to the increased intake of fiber. One of the best benefits I experienced during the Challenge was that I felt fuller much longer as it helped reduce hunger between meals*. Having a smoothie or breakfast bowl in the morning kept me feeling full for hours.
Delicious Fiber Boost Recipes
Granola Berry Breakfast Bowl
- 1 cup almond milk
- ½ banana
- 2 teaspoon Metamucil Sugar Free Orange Smoothie
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- raspberries 1/4 cup
- blueberries 1/4 cup
- ½ cup granola
- ½ sliced banana
- Garnish with fresh berries
Instructions: Put the almond milk, berries, Metamucil and banana into a blender. Blend on high. Make sure it’s smooth and fully blended. Pour into bowl of your choice. Top with granola and fresh berries. I created this one inspired by Metamucil’s Acai Smoothie Bowl recipe.
I found mixing Metamucil into recipes was a great way to make sticking with the Challenge easier. Here is one of my afternoon favorites:
Berry Banana Smoothie
- ½ cup almond milk
- ½ medium peeled banana
- strawberries – 1/4 cup
- blueberries – 1/4 cup
- raspberries – 1/4 cup
- 1 rounded teaspoon of Metamucil Sugar Free Orange Smooth Powder
- 1/2 cup water*
- Crushed or cubed ice (1/2 cup)
Instructions: Blend almond milk, banana, berries, and ice until the ice is crushed. Add Metamucil and water and blend until mixed. I’ve also made this with a frozen blend of mixed berries, where you would not need ice.
While my official Two-Week Challenge is over, I definitely plan to continue using Metamucil in creative ways, like adding the Metamucil Free & Natural product in baked goods. Here’s my recipe for fiber-boost cookies. The Metamucil website has a great recipe for high fiber blueberry muffins that I plan to try next.
Oatmeal Fiber Cookies
- 1/3 cup almond butter
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup almond milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 10 teaspoons Metamucil Free and Natural
- 2/3 cup water
- ½ cup whole wheat flour
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup oatmeal
- ½ cup raisins
Instructions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Oil a large baking sheet and set aside.
Mix first seven ingredients until very smooth. Then, add remaining ingredients, and stir to combine. Use a spoon to place mixture on a cookie sheet, then put in oven for about 10 minutes. Let cookies cool on a wire rack.
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