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Fiber’s role in the body goes way beyond keeping the digestive tract regular. Check out these four ways that eating fiber protects your heart.

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These three-ingredient dog-friendly popsicles from @jillianpgriffith are great for hot summer days and helping your dog cool off after a long walk. Packed with protein and fiber from the peanut butter, Greek yogurt, and banana, they’re also good for your dog’s digestive system.

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One cup of fresh or frozen blackberries provides about 60 calories, along with nearly 8 grams of fiber. That’s about a third of the amount of fiber you should aim to eat in a day. All that fiber can help increase satiety, curb cholesterol, support weight loss and regulate blood sugar and insulin levels. It may also boost your digestive health: blackberries are prebiotics, which means they feed the friendly bacteria in your gut that have been tied to immunity, mood and anti-inflammatory benefits.

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Walnuts are the only nuts that provide a significant amount of the essential plant-based omega-3 fatty acid ALA (2.5 grams per 1-ounce serving), and also contain protein (4 grams) and fiber (2 grams). A systematic review from Harvard also found that a diet supplemented with anywhere from 5 to 24% of calories from walnuts resulted in a significantly greater decrease in total cholesterol. We love walnuts in everything from energy bars and breakfast bowls to soups, salads and pasta.

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These vegetarian foods make it easy to get your protein fill, whether you're vegan or vegetarian or just want to eat less meat and more plants.

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These are a great source of fiber and protein; nuts and seeds also provide healthy fats and antioxidants. Eat a serving of legumes (½ cup, cooked) — found in hummus or lentil soup — at least twice a week and a small portion of nuts daily (about 1 tablespoon, or 10 to 12 almonds or walnut halves).

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Everyone loves a comfy fleece, but they’re not all created equal. It turns out that traditional fleeces have a problem that you probably don’t know: It’s called microfiber shedding, and it happens in the washing machine. Tiny particles of synthetic material are washed away from the garment and end up polluting the water system. While the source of microplastic pollution is complicated, synthetic fabrics are a cause for concern. Enter the Power Air Houdi from Houdini. The top was created with a process developed by Houdini and Polartec that results in a fabric that sheds five times fewer particles than the best fleece on the market now. While traditional fleece has exposed fibers, the Power Air features fibers that trap the air in small pockets that are knitted into the fabric. You’ll just notice that the hoodie is light, comfortable, and excellent at keeping you warm. Yet it’s also breathable, so you don’t overheat when wearing it inside or during exercise. It’s made from 54% recycled polyester, and with extended sleeves with thumb loops, a two-way zipper, a high-collared hood, and a bottom hem with a hidden draw cord, it’s designed to keep you warm for any outdoor adventure. It’s good for both the environment and your comfort.

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Spiders have silk-producing glands in their bodies, specifically in their abdomen. In these glands they have the chemical components already put together to produce silk, but it’s in a liquid form.

A great rug can make a room, but not every rug is sturdy enough for the day-to-day traffic in your home. A rug that sheds adds up to more housework, and can leave fibers on clothing. Here are three tips for picking an attractive rug that doesn’t shed.

Everyone loves summer nights — until it’s time to go to bed. If you’re taking a break from air conditioning, trying to sleep in a hot and humid room can be pretty unbearable. Instead of turning on the air, try switching out your sheets to create a cool, comfortable and sweat-free sleeping space. By sticking with natural, breathable fibers, you’ll allow air to circulate and wick moisture away from your body. (Most synthetic fabrics trap air.) Choose fresh and clean sheets in one of the fabrics below for ultimate comfort.

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