Fruits and vegetables are a healthy way to add fiber to your toddler's diet.

Nonbinding Foods for Toddlers

by Susan Revermann

Some foods help loosen things up and get it going, while others slow things down a bit. Nonbinding foods can help move foods through your toddler’s digestive system and ease constipation. These are loaded with fiber, which also helps your child feel fuller for a longer period of time because they take longer to digest.

1. Fruits

Many fruits are considered nonbinding foods. Not only are they usually fiber-rich, they often contain a high amount of water, which is helpful when your child is suffering from constipation. Apples, oranges, berries, prunes, apricots, figs, mango, watermelon, cantaloupe and pears are tasty food options that your toddler will usually eat without complaint. Keep the edible skins on some of those for an extra fiber punch. Stay away from bananas, as these are binding.

2. Vegetables

Many veggies are nonbinding and can help your kiddo out. Try offering him some steamed broccoli, cooked carrots, boiled edamame or a baked sweet potato with the skin still on. If your toddler will eat finely chopped leafy greens, like cooked spinach or steamed kale, these are high in fiber and wonderful addition to his diet. Regular potatoes can be binding, so avoid those.

3. Grains

Whole grains are the way to go. Not only are they packed with nutrients, they have more fiber than processed grains, like white rice and white flour products. Oatmeal, barley, brown rice, whole-grain cereals, whole-wheat toast and whole-wheat pasta are some kid-friendly options to try. These should be fairly easy to incorporate in your toddler's diet throughout the day.

4. Legumes

Legumes are packed with fiber, protein and other nutrients. Kidney beans, black beans, pinto beans, split peas and lentils fall into this category. Mix these nonbinding legumes with other vegetables and/or sauce to make them more palatable for your toddler. Mashing them can also help make them easier for your toddler to eat.

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