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My kids eat so much

Posted by on Feb. 2, 2013 at 3:01 AM
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I am trying to shop healthy but my kids eat so much... Its hard to shop completely healthy for me because my 2yo and 4yo are ALWAYS hungry... They went through a pound of strawberries today and they had cheese with it as a snack (not counting their meals... I need to figure out how to make it healthy and not so expensive... Any ideas? (My 4yo won't eat meat)

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Silvertears1275
by on Feb. 2, 2013 at 8:13 AM
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I've learned over the past few weeks that my kids aren't always actually hungry when they say they are.  I think they learn early the same bad habits of eating out of boredom and just for pleasure that a lot of us are having to overcome.  Try distracting them when they ask for a snack and limit their portions.  My kids snack much less now than they used to.  I know it just doesn't feel right not feeding your child when they say they are hungry and it's not the most fun of times getting there, but I think that teaching them good snacking habits is as important as providing them with healthy snacks.    Good luck =)

darbyakeep45
by Darby on Feb. 2, 2013 at 8:35 AM

I honestly don't know mama...I have the opposite problem with my son!  Hugs and good luck!

kary1124
by on Feb. 2, 2013 at 8:41 AM
i agree with silvertears, my son does the same thing all the time so i get him playing a game or something and he totally forgets about it til its actually time to eat
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Stefanie83
by Ruby Member on Feb. 2, 2013 at 9:06 AM
I have the opposite problem too but I have a friend with your problem. I'd say lots of bananas and celery lol. Just see which produce is cheaper that day and buy the biggest cheese blocks (cheaper per oz)
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Mom2_Jimmy_Anka
by on Feb. 2, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Do they like bananas? I often buy them because they are cheap and filling. My daughter loves them. I also get apples when they are cheap and cut them up for them to dip in peanutbutter.

Also have you tried having them drink a glass of water first? Thirst is often mistaken for hunger.

lillybug222
by Bronze Member on Feb. 2, 2013 at 9:52 AM
Set up designated snack times & stick to it. That's when they get to snack. You can also make "snack boxes" with healthy choices & when it's snack time they get to choose one snack. We have one in the fridge for perishables & one on the counter for non-perishables.

Breakfast
Morning snack
Lunch
Afternoon snack
Dinner
Evening snack (if needed)
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eema.gray
by on Feb. 2, 2013 at 12:29 PM

when my kids tell me they are hungry, I tell them to wait twenty minutes and give them a distraction in the meantime.  If they are eating well at scheduled meals, they often times will be fine until the next meal.

itsm3
by on Feb. 3, 2013 at 8:43 AM

this.

i feed dd on a schedule.  i've noticed that if food is out, she'll eat it so i don't  leave stuff out.  so she gets breakfast around 730am, a snack around 1030am, lunch at 12 another snack around 3pm and then dinner at 530pm. 

ps - this  is also how the school feeds them too.

Quoting Silvertears1275:

I've learned over the past few weeks that my kids aren't always actually hungry when they say they are.  I think they learn early the same bad habits of eating out of boredom and just for pleasure that a lot of us are having to overcome.  Try distracting them when they ask for a snack and limit their portions.  My kids snack much less now than they used to.  I know it just doesn't feel right not feeding your child when they say they are hungry and it's not the most fun of times getting there, but I think that teaching them good snacking habits is as important as providing them with healthy snacks.    Good luck =)



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