Foods Rich In Fiber

During the holidays or any season, fiber-packed recipes can keep your body in peak operating form

| November/December 2000


Clockwise from top: Basil Salad with Radicchio; Toasted Almond and Citrus Quinoa; Marinated Grilled Vegetables with Black Sesame Seeds; and Rye Tostados with Avocado Pico de Gallo. (The dressing is an alternate way to present the rice-vinegar dressing for the Basil Salad.)

Until the age of ninety-six, celebrated trombonist Spiegle Willcox maintained his farm in upstate New York, drove himself twenty miles to the nearest city for supplies, and traveled across the country regularly to play in jazz festivals. Willcox died last year after telling the secret of his vibrant longevity to anyone who was interested—prunes.

Although eating prunes may not give you a jazzman’s nightlife at age ninety-six, they will help you to maintain regularity. What’s so great about that? And why on earth would you want to think about it around the holidays?

Every living thing eliminates—humans, animals, bugs, fish. They have to: Elimination is a vital function that helps clear toxins and wastes from the body. The movement of food through the digestive system allows that system to do its work, so regularity promotes nutrient assimilation.

Fiber-Packed Recipes: 

Avocado Pico de Gallo
Basil Salad with Radicchio
Rye Tostados
Marinated Grilled Vegetables with Black Sesame Seeds
Toasted Almond and Citrus Quinoa 

For humans, keeping eliminatory functions regular is a factor in preventing premature aging, along with a host of other health conditions as diverse as obesity, hemorrhoids, diverticulitis, hernias, cancer, and constipation.

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