Let’s talk about fiber. We all need it. It helps our bodies function properly and keeps us feeling satiated. While one might pooh-pooh the topic as unimportant, it’s an essential nutrient for a healthy diet. And, believe it or not, getting your daily dose of fiber can be fun. It’s not all prunes and dry, flavorless bread.
Children Need Fiber, Too
Moms, do you know that most American children aren’t getting enough fiber in their diets? This can cause a number of issues including dietary tract disturbances, digestive disorders and overeating due to lack of satiety. Children 1-3 years old should receive 19 grams of fiber per day. Kids 4-8 should get 25 grams per day. Make sure you slowly introduce fiber into your child’s diet while keeping them hydrated as well. This will help avoid any side effects like nausea or digestive disturbance as your child becomes acclimated to eating more fiber.
Delicious Foods That Feature Fiber
Forget bland, uninspiring foods. There are a number of tasty fiber-rich foods that are not only healthy, but are deliciously satisfying as well. If you are looking for ways to increase your fiber intake, try any of these eleven tasty foods that are rich in fiber.
- Whole grains (cereal, bread, pasta)
- Leafy greens
You don’t have to eat these foods by themselves. There are plenty of ways to enjoy these foods together. Which leads us to our next tip for those trying to increase their fiber intake.
Try This Fiber Packed Orange-Spinach Smoothie
This tasty treat is perfect for quenching your thirst on a hot day or satisfying your sweet tooth any day. It provides ample fruits and veggies filled with fibery goodness. Blend 1 large orange (peeled and separated), 1/2 a large banana, 1 handful of strawberries, 2 cups of spinach, 1/3 cup of plain Greek yogurt, and 1 cup of ice. Couldn’t finish it all? Store leftovers in the freezer for tomorrow. Pro tip: Pour the leftovers in ice cube trays for easy blending the next day.
Have a Picky Eater in Your Home?
We have the perfect solutions to help your little ones eat the necessary amounts of fiber without trying to get them to eat foods they don’t like. Try giving them our all natural and award-winning Yummi Bears Fiber Gummy Vitamins. They promote digestive regularity and blood sugar health are are made with entirely natural strawberry, orange, grape and pineapple flavors. Your little ones will love these tasty vitamins.
Looking for more tasty recipes? Download Hero Nutritionals’ Picky Eater Recipe Guide.