Adults know how important fiber is to a balanced diet. Fiber not only helps regulate the digestive system, but it has also been shown to help keep an individual fuller for a longer amount of time. As adults, we know the importance of eating a variety of foods… but kids? They just don’t understand.
It is actually quite easy to integrate fiber-filled foods into a child’s diet. With these five ideas, you can create delicious meals that kids enjoy while providing them with plenty of fiber for a balanced diet.
Sandwiches Made with Whole Grain Bread
Most kids love eating sandwiches for lunch, and with one easy substitution, this meal offers a generous serving of fiber. Switching from white to whole grain bread is an excellent way to make sure your child gets the fiber necessary for them.. For added fiber as well as protein, peanut butter is an excellent choice. Paired with jelly, this treat is both delicious and full of fiber that young kids need.
Spaghetti Made with Whole Grain Pasta
Children enjoy eating spaghetti and meatballs, and parents can easily add a serving of fiber by switching to whole grain pasta. This pasta tastes great, and most kids won’t even notice the difference between whole wheat and white pasta when it’s topped with delicious marinara sauce and meatballs.
Make Delicious Mini Pizzas
Instead of using dough made with white flour, let the kids create their own pizzas using whole wheat English muffins or bagels. Kids will love spooning on marinara sauce and then topping their pizzas with fresh ingredients such as mushrooms, cheese, grilled chicken, onions, and peppers. This recipe is both tasty and nutritious.
Apples with Peanut Butter
A perfect after school snack for children is apples topped with peanut butter. This meal offers plenty of vitamins and nutrients that growing kids need. Both apples and peanut butter are loaded with fiber. If your child does not like apples, other fruits such as oranges, berries, and bananas offer plenty of fiber to create a well-balanced diet. Fresh fruit is a great side to pack in school lunches or can be enjoyed anytime for a snack.
Fiber-Filled Tacos and Burritos
For a Mexican-themed meal, switch out flour tortillas for whole wheat tortillas or corn shells. When topped with seasoned beef, pork, or chicken, as well as cheese, fresh lettuce and tomatoes, and salsa, kids won’t even know that you’ve made the switch. For a boost of protein and fiber, add a tangy bean dip to your meal for chips or to spread on the tortillas. B&M Original Baked Beans make a smooth and delicious dip that kids will love.