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How Much Fiber Does a Toddler Need Nutrition Questions Answered

How much fiber do toddlers need? Find out in this week’s “Ask Amanda,” column. Ask Amanda is our weekly virtual Q and A forum brought to you by Feed to Succeed’s expert Northshore dietitian Amanda Gordon.

Q: Hi Amanda, I am worried that my 18-month-old is not getting enough fiber.  At what age do I need to worry about how much fiber he gets?  How do I find out how much he needs?

A: This is a great question. Yes, toddlers do need fiber. And, it’s easy to get duped when reading food labels at the grocery store. Fiber is an important part of a toddler diet because it helps move foods through the digestive tract, helps prevent constipation and it also helps kids feel full. Generally, toddlers (between 1-3 years old) need about 14 grams of fiber per day, based on the US Dietary Guidelines. Snack time is often a good time to get high fiber foods in kids. Fruits and vegetables are an excellent source of fiber for toddlers and make great snacks. Beans, oatmeal and brown rice are also good sources of fiber and easy to incorporate into a toddler diet.

Bread, cereals and other grain products are also good sources of fiber, but it is easy to get confused in the grocery aisle. Not all foods labeled “multigrain” or “made with whole grains” are high in fiber, and these labels can be very misleading. Grains can vary widely in their fiber content. As a general rule of thumb, when looking for bread products, take a look at the ingredient list and make sure that whole wheat flour is the first ingredient.









Introducing New Foods to Kids With special guests Alyssa and Nate

Meet Betsy’s kids, Alyssa and Nate! Betsy and her kids talk about the importance of eating a variety of different foods and food allergy management at their schools. Alyssa shares her experience with breakfast skipping. Nate discusses kids and milk drinking at his school. Great, short episode for other kids to tune in with their parents, spark some family discussion and join the Feed to Succeed community!

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Our Official F2S Chef

Lynette Becker, who joined Feed to Succeed this summer as an intern, soon became our official chef. Working tirelessly to develop our first F2S cookbook from our meal plans, Lynette’s little kitchen has become an official bloggers’ test kitchen.

For Lynette, cooking has always been her passion. Prior to working at UIC on her degree to become a registered dietitian, Lynette ran a bed and breakfast in Arizona where she made breakfast and dinner daily. For as long as she can remember, says Lynette, “I’ve always been looking at recipes and doctoring them up.”

Lynette also worked in a health food store, specializing in allergy-friendly foods, which sparked her interest in helping people eat healthier. There, says Lynette, people would come in with all sorts of food issues. Lynette started researching how one qualifies to become a nutritionist and found that anyone can call themselves “nutritionist.” What she needed was a degree to become an RD. “That was science-based and research-based, and that’s what I wanted.”

On this summer off from classes, Lynette has been shadowing Betsy in the office, in addition to working on the cookbook. She says Betsy has an ability to make diets that are really strict seem manageable. “Where I used to see people in the healt food shop look like deer in headlights with list of foods they can’t eat, Betsy’s empowering them with foods they can eat.”

She goes on to say, “The meal plan is such a gift. It’s not just recipes but showing people how to put them together. This is going to lighten the load for families.”

Stay tuned for our first online F2S Cookbook, focusing on gluten free recipes in the coming weeks!

Why the Kiwi?

Our approach is fresh, nutritious and not cliché, just like our logo. So What’s in a Name? For this fruit and Feed To Succeed, quite a lot! From disease prevention to an abundance of vitamins and minerals, the kiwi fruit provides a wide array of nutrition benefits.

According to a study at Rutgers University, the kiwi is the most nutrient dense fruit, ounce for ounce. We think that’s a pretty good indicator of who we are as a practice. Contact us today to learn about our rates and nutrition services.Save