Pick Berries for a Sweet Treat
For a sweet constipation remedy, take your pick of luscious raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries. “All are examples of fruits that have a good amount of fiber,” Dr. Prather says. A half-cup of fresh strawberries provides 2 grams of fiber while the same size serving of blackberries will provide 3.8 grams and raspberries 4 grams. Berries also are low in calories, so you can eat a big bowl of plain berries with low-fat whipped cream as dessert or toss them on your breakfast cereal, or mix them in pancakes.
Pop Some Air-Popped Popcorn
“Popcorn is a great low-calorie way to get more fiber in your diet,” Prather says. However, if you pile on the salt and butter, you could undo some of its benefits. Go for air-popped or a healthy variety of microwave popcorn. Popcorn is a whole grain, and increasing the whole-grains in your diet is an effective constipation remedy.