We've been talking a lot about fiber lately. We've discussed just why fiber is so important for your kids and their health. We've also touched on just how much fiber our kids require for their age. Now that you know the importance of adding fiber to your family's diet, why it's essintial to your kids nutrition and how much they need, you are probably looking for ways to add it in. It's easier than you think. There are lots of ways to add fiber in an enjoyable easy way.
You'll want to start introducing fiber into the diet slowly. Add in one fiber rich food a day to start and make sure your kids are drinking plenty of water. You can start by including vegetables and/or fruit regularly throughout the day.
6 Ways to Introduce Fiber-Rich Foods for Your Child:
- Add pureed high-fiber veggies like carrots, spinach, beans etc into meatballs, meatloaf, pasta sauce. Shredded carrots in homemade muffins are great.
- If you serve cereal, have it be one that contains at least 3 grams of fiber per serving.
- Great snack ideas, include apples with peanut butter, berries and yogurt, bananas.
- Serve whole grain bread, cereal and pasta.
- Offer whole fresh fruit instead of fruit juice.
- Replace white pasta and rice with nutritious fiber-filled options like Barley.
Mochi Barley () is a great way to add fiber to your family's diet, providing many nutrients and health benefits in addition to being fiber-rich. It has a great rice like texture and a light nutty flavor, while being quick and easy () to make and can be prepared in so many different ways. In fact, the Japanese mix it in with white rice to boost the fiber and health value. Mochi Mugi (Where do I get it?) can be used in everything from breakfast to side dishes to main courses to desserts.