When my kids were old enough to participate in organized sports, I noticed a trend with the post-game snacks. They were chocked full of sugar and empty calories and provided little beneficial nutrition. I cringed on the inside watching all these kids devour these nutrient poor snacks. When it was my turn to bring a snack (think fruit + a protein source), nobody wanted it. As Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Pediatric Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, I felt defeated.
Fast forward a few years, my world was suddenly all about the colon! I was working at a local children’s hospital taking care of children with severe constipation and when I wasn’t at work, it seemed like kids all around me were dealing with some degree of constipation, including my own! Despite my efforts, I knew that MY children needed more dietary fiber and I suspected that kids everywhere needed more too. But how can we get them to eat it? Especially in today’s world where there never seems to be enough time in one day for all the things, let alone find time to make nutritious snacks. It was time to take matters into my own hands.
I started experimenting with different recipes making bars and muffins, using whole ingredients and good sources of fiber. With each batch, I had my kids try them. To my surprise they didn’t just like them, they LOVED them. And so did their friends. And so did their friends' friends. And Fiber Kids was born.