As a parent, you’ve probably asked yourself “how much fibre do kids need?”, right? That’s a good question! Adults need about 35-40 grams of fibre a day, and kids need around 25 grams of fibre.
But do your kids get that amount each day?
There are plenty of foods that are rich in fibre, but kids are picky. Unfortunately, they tend to gravitate towards foods that have been processed or that are nutrient-low because they’ve been artificially coloured a pretty red, green, or blue. (Yuck!)
Here’s a list of common items kids like to eat that contain almost ZERO fibre:
- Chicken strips/nuggets
- Fried chicken
- French fries
- Potato chips
- White bread
- Most crackers
- Oils and condiments
So for that kid who’s go-to snack after school is crackers and cheese (seems healthy enough, right?) or peanut butter toast and a cheese string (doesn’t seem too bad), you should be aware that none of those foods contain any fibre (or very, very little).
Here’s a list of foods that DO contain good fibre:
- Yams and sweet potatoes
- Whole grain breads, crackers, and wraps
- Brown rice
From the list above, we’re willing to bet your child loves berries, watermelon, and whole grains. By just substituting processed cereal and milk in the morning for oatmeal and berries, you give your child about 25% of their daily recommended intake of fibre—all before school starts!
To make the day’s fibre intake even heftier, try substituting whole grain crackers and wraps for the more processed products in their lunch. You can also add NutraCleanse™ to a fruit smoothie when they get home (another 25% of their fibre intake right there at least), and make sure they have a serving of high-fibre veggies with their dinner.
By doing this, you can feel good about knowing that when someone asks you “how much fibre do kids need?”, you can respond with confidence and know that your child is getting enough!