Getting your toddler to eat a balanced diet can be a challenge. Toddlers are picky. They can not get enough pasta one day, but refuses to eat the next. It can be even more of a challenge to find high-fiber foods as a toddler will eat consistently. Please be patient. It can sometimes take many attempts before a toddler will accept and like a new food. Remember to talk to your pediatrician before making any changes in your children’s diet
When choosing grain for your toddler, darker is better. A darker grains have been treated less, so it retains more of its fibers. Choose whole wheat and whole grain breads, bagels and muffins. Look for whole wheat pasta or pasta that has added fiber. Brown rice is another good choice. Make the switch gradually. Serve plain pasta with some whole wheat pasta mixed in. Choose bran cereals, but be careful: too much bran cereal may actually be constipating
Toddlers love fruit, which are naturally high in fiber. . Fruit is easy to add to your children’s diet. You can mix it with cereal, add it to many desserts or serve it plain. Dried fruits mixed with almonds make a great high fiber snack. Choose dried apricots, cherries, prunes and raisins. Berries, such as blueberries, raspberries and strawberries, are also high in fiber. Give your toddler apple slices with skin, oranges, kiwi, mango and pear for more high fiber treats.
Vegetables are another great choice for high fiber foods. It can be a struggle to get a toddler thrilled vegetables. Try mixing high-fiber choices in foods toddler already like. A great way to do this is to sneak vegetables into pasta sauce. Add high fiber vegetables like broccoli, carrots or squash for pasta sauce. Serve this with whole wheat pasta, and you have a high fiber meal. Other vegetables high in fiber are sweet potatoes, peas and avocados.
Nuts and legumes
Beans are a good source of fiber. Kidney beans, pinto beans and black beans are good choices, as are chickpeas and lentils. A great high fiber snack or side dish is hummus, made from chickpeas. Serve hummus with carrot sticks, whole wheat pita chips or whole wheat crackers. Nuts, such as almonds, are good high fiber choice. Try almond butter. Use it instead of peanut butter for a high fiber option.
If you still feel that your toddler is not getting enough fiber or refuses fiber foods, try a supplement. Be sure to get permission from your doctor first. A great supplement to try is a fiber powder that you can sprinkle on food, which Benefiber. This supplement adds fiber without added flavor. It can be sprinkled on everything from smoothies and desserts to main courses.