Originally Posted by Down2Earth
Anyway, my step-mom said to give her prunes, but she DOES NOT like them. I've chopped them up very tiny and also given it to her whole. We even chopped up prunes and put them in her spaghetti sauce. ...
I just lost a very long response. I'll try to keep this short. Further below are two posts of mine in similar threads.
I strongly suggest Bob's Red Mill multi-grain cereals. Preferably the 10 grain with flax. I will sometimes use prune juice instead of water to microwave it. Adding some butter or vegetable oil can also help.
If she doesn't like the texture try adding rolled oats / oatmeal. Initially my ratio was 50/50 now it's more like 80/20 in favor of the wheat cereal.
Oatmeal does have fiber but it's water soluble and for some people (notably my DD) it makes their BMs more "gelatinous" --for lack of a better term-- which didn't make them any easier to pass. In my observation insoluble fiber is better at allowing moisture in and keeping things moving.
I discovered by accident that greasy pepperoni pizza can help. I started drizzling triscuits with olive oil, and topping it with quartered pepperoni slices.
My second post below gives a recipe for what I now call "Gotta Go" brownies. It calls for a 20+ oz boxed mix. I throw in 4 prunes with the black beans before pureeing them.
They do come out dense but I recently experimented with adding 2 Tbs of flour and they came out more cake-like. I might try 1 Tbs next time and see if it comes out a little less cake-like and hopefully slightly fudgy/chewy. They will keep for a week or slightly longer in the fridge.
Now that my kids are older I give them canned chili once in awhile, although I have to bribe them with Doritos. More recently I started giving them various soups with beans and/or corn. They aren't loving it but they will eat a little. I am hoping that eventually they will eat it as happily as they do the hot wheat cereal.
Oh, if she likes the corn by itself you might also want to try the Tex/Mex canned veggie mix with diced red peppers and onion. And when she's a little older perhaps popcorn.
When I'm around and they want a snack I give them mini wheats and triscuits.
We are now giving her Bob's Red Mill High Fiber cereal with flax. We give half an adult serving (1/8 cup dry rather than 1/4). She likes Oatmeal and she has had other versions of Bob's Red Mill cereals before (kind of like Cream of Wheat but more substantial) but neither one of those seemed as effective as the version with flax.
Apple juice seems to help too. Interestingly, apples are reportedly binding for some people but the juice itself can cause diarrhea so you wouldn't give it to a sick baby at risk for diarrhea.
We add raisins and a prune to the hot "Bob's" cereal. I now cut the raisins in half, otherwise they often pass through her system intact (I guess the skin is too tough to digest).
I am also on the hunt for a recipe for a tasty high fiber cookie for those days when her caregiver can't get her too eat the hot "Bob's" cereal. I think because it's so substantial it's a chore for her to eat it. So I wind up spooning it a little at a time while she is watching one of her favorite shows.
I just found two recipes for "Black Bean Brownies". One is from the cookbook "The Brilliant Bean" (which I now have on hold at my local library) and I think the other is from Weight Watcher's. One is from scratch the other calls for one package of commercial brownie mix (I'm assuming a large package) and a pureed can of black beans (15.5 oz).
I had actually thought of experimenting with replacing some of the flour and liquid/oil in recipes for cookies or brownies when I got the idea to search the net and see if it had already been done, rather than reinvent the wheel. I'm hoping to try the brownie recipe some time this week.
If anyone else happens to know of any other recipes out there, please advise.
In case you haven't heard this before, if you are successful in increasing the fiber in your DC's diet make sure to increase the clear fluid intake. Otherwise you can actually make the problem worse. For some reason her water consumption has slowed down. I have been pushing the apple juice but she doesn't seem to interested. She does seem more thirsty after her nap so I try to hand her the sippy cup when she first gets up before she gets caught up in playing.
|Re-fried Black Beans with little or no added ingredients
You need a large package of brownies mix (20+ oz), plus the pureed beans (15+ oz can). The beans replace any liquid in the recipe.
I used Betty Crocker. The only liquid ingredients were oil and eggs, which were completely replaced by the beans. But if your package also called for water it would replace that as well.
You rinse and drain the beans. Replace the canned water you drained off. Puree them. And follow the package directions as usual.
If you prefer homemade brownies I have seen various scratch recipes online. Or you could probably figure it out by using just about any scratch recipe that called for a similar amount of liquid ingdredients as a 20+ oz package mix.
The benefits are obvious, you are cutting fat and cholesterol and reducing the number of net carbs by offsetting the gross number of carbs with the fiber in the beans.
And it's great for constipated toddlers and pre-schoolers. ￼
Of course I added 4 pureed prunes so that may have helped.