It’s no secret that kids can be hard to please. This is especially true when it comes to balancing their nutritional needs with their personal preferences and developing palates. Luckily, there are lots of fibre-filled foods to choose from that are both kid friendly and healthy. Continue reading for some delicious and creative ideas:
Apples and Pears
Both apples and pears are great options when your child is craving something sweet. They are packed with fibre and other important nutrients, and can be eaten alone, or with a variety of other foods such as oatmeal, cereal, and yogurt. These not-too-sweet fruits can also be blended into smoothies, and can teach your child to appreciate tart foods. As with many fruits and vegetables, the majority of the fibre is found in the skin, so be sure to leave it on your apples and pears for maximum fibre intake.
Oats are a great source of fibre and contain plenty of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Oatmeal is a fan-favourite because it is very quick to prepare, and has the added benefit of being naturally gluten free. There are also many ways to spice up your child’s oatmeal to take it from being a functional source of fibre to something they crave and ask for again and again. Adding cinnamon, a small amount of brown sugar, raisins, or any number of other fruits and even nuts can make a treat out of plain oatmeal. As a bonus, you can also use oats to bake up a batch of delicious oatmeal cookies if your kid prefers these.
Corn often gets a bad rap in nutritional conversations, but did you know that three cups of popcorn contains 3.6 grams of fibre and 3 grams of protein? Additionally, popcorn is supremely low in calories and fat. It tastes great on its own, but just like with oatmeal, there are a plethora of ways to spice up your popcorn to guarantee your kids will love it. Melted butter and salt, nutritional yeast, and garlic powder are some savoury options. Deliciously sweet options also exist, such as cocoa powder and coconut oil, peanut butter, and even honey.
Potatoes are positively loaded with fibre, and as with fruit, it’s best to leave the skins on if your kids can tolerate it. Like the other foods mentioned above, potatoes can be combined with other ingredients to your child’s liking and the possibilities are vast. Butter, salt, cheese, sour cream, bacon and green onions are all favourite toppings of the venerable baked potato. Just like all the foods on this list, potatoes are also very easy to cook. Many people prefer to bake them in the oven, but if you don’t mind using a microwave, you can whip up a piping hot, soft skinned potato in under 10 minutes that your kids will enjoy digging into.
These little gems pack a surprising amount of fibre and taste even better. Berries can be used as a main ingredient in plenty of recipes like smoothies, but they also make an ideal garnish for a pop of sweetness and flavour that kids will love. You can use berries as toppings on items like yogurt or oatmeal, and there are many different varieties each with their own unique flavour profiles.
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