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How to fill up my bottomless pit of a teen?

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Yestermost Wed 04-Dec-19 07:46:39

Any ideas of other foods to fill up my always hungry 14 year old. On a normal day he eats:
Porridge and toast for breakfast
Lunch: school dinner (curry, jacket pots, sandwich etc)
After school: usually 2 eggs with wholemeal toast, about 6 biscuits, lots of fruit, cherry tomatoes,
Dinner: huge plate/plates of pasta or rice with bolognasi or stir fry.
Snack before bed of toast or cereal

He will eat and eat but is classed as underweight. Not too worried as full of energy, plays lots of sport.
Do you have any ideas of other snacks to fill him up during the day?
Ideally savoury but not too salty or fatty. Thank you!

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Weescot Wed 04-Dec-19 07:51:54

That’s a massive amount of food and I’m surprised he’s underweight.

YourOpinionIsNoted Wed 04-Dec-19 07:53:13

That's a lot. He doesn't have a tapeworm does he?!

Snacks wise, something like trail mix?

Gatehouse77 Wed 04-Dec-19 07:55:18

Any cheese but particularly cream cheese, avocados, unsalted nuts (can spice them at home if needed).

Bogoffrain Wed 04-Dec-19 07:55:30

I’d try and get more protein into his evening meal, steak, chicken etc.

VondaVomin Wed 04-Dec-19 07:58:21

Ah yes, the teenage boy growth spurt occurs about that age, I vividly remember both of mine going through that phase where you just can't fill them up at about the same age,

I found that adding more fruit into the mix seemed to slow them down. Apples and oranges are particularly good, but also berries and bananas. I used to say to mine they could have what they wanted as long as they had an apple or an orange first.

Goldenchildsmum Wed 04-Dec-19 07:58:46

I’d try and get more protein into his evening meal, steak, chicken etc.

I agree. Less carbs more protein - also use more nuts, legumes etc

xmaself24 Wed 04-Dec-19 08:08:52

There's not much protein in there. You need more protein definitely.

LynetteScavo Wed 04-Dec-19 08:10:46

Having had two active 14 year old boys, that's not a lot. Feeding them is hard.

Those huge pots of geek yogurt from Liddl used to go down well.

Smoothies made of frozen fruit and whatever milk he prefers.

Jodie77 Wed 04-Dec-19 08:13:55

More protein, more fat, less carbs.

Could he have some peanut butter on his breakfast toast?

A handful of nuts or some egg and avocado for a snack

Some chicken or prawns in the stir fry, extra cheese on Bolognese

It does sound like a lot of food, but also similar foods as to what people eat on slimming world and lose weight on it.

Yestermost Wed 04-Dec-19 08:31:41

Thank you all. More protein is really obvious now you've said it! He loves nuts and lentil /beanie stuff. Doesnt really like cheese he eats quite a bit of meat.
The weight is partly genetics partly how he never frikking sits still!

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ByeByeMissAmericanPie Wed 04-Dec-19 08:36:07

Yes to full fat yoghurts - or even skyr - and generally more protein from meat or fish or nuts/beans.

ByeByeMissAmericanPie Wed 04-Dec-19 08:37:11

Occasionally I make those energy bar kind of things with peanut butter, oats, nuts and dates. Good for lunchboxes.

BertrandRussell Wed 04-Dec-19 08:38:25

Humanoid? Worked for my teenagers. They made it themselves, so a useful skill as well!

BertrandRussell Wed 04-Dec-19 08:38:59

grin Hummus!

FamilyOfAliens Wed 04-Dec-19 08:39:14

Those huge pots of geek yogurt from Liddl used to go down well.

Presumably with non-geeks too? grin

BiddyPop Wed 04-Dec-19 08:43:14

I do a smoothie for my breakfast with lots of berries, a couple of tablespoons of porridge oats, teaspoon of mixed seeds, heaped teaspoon of almost butter and a couple of tablespoons of Greek yogurt, loosened with apple juice.

When trying to feed up dd (similar as a younger DC, and still trying to keep her weight up as a young teen), I often give protein at breakfast - a chicken sandwich with some cheese and avocado;, all sorts of eggs and often with cheese, chicken, ham or tomato involved;, rasher or sausage; etc.

Pancakes - ours have an egg in the mix, and we alternate sweet and savory fillings.

Full fat milk - always a large glass before bed, often made into hot chocolate with squirt cream and marshmallows, to help sleep a and to fill the belly.

And a bowl of pasta salad in the fridge most of the time for grazing - pasta, diced red onion, diced peppers, tin chickpeas, some olives, feta crumbled into it, sweet corn, and a dressing involving some wine vinegar and honey in olive oil.

PizzaExpressWoking Wed 04-Dec-19 08:49:25

A surprise hit with ours has been rice pudding.

Half a tin of Ambrosia and a dollop of jam on top. Repeat as necessary. Very quick and easy and filling, good for an evening snack when he gets home after Scouts etc. Haven't tried it hot yet because it seems to go down well cold.

Jodie77 Wed 04-Dec-19 09:33:17

Is he vegetarian?

FamilyOfAliens Wed 04-Dec-19 09:47:30


What difference would that make?

Jodie77 Wed 04-Dec-19 10:03:24


I was just asking because the OP hadn't mentioned meat at all and it would change the suggestions I made. Although one of my siblings decided to start eating meat because he was always hungry as a teenager and that did seem to help him

FamilyOfAliens Wed 04-Dec-19 10:30:52

Ah I see, jodie.

Roomba Wed 04-Dec-19 10:35:53

Reading with interest as my 14 year old DS is exactly the same! I cannot believe how much he can eat in a day and still say he's hungry. He has grown several inches in the last year though, so it's not really a shock that he needs to eat a lot to fuel it. He's very skinny too, if I ate 1/3 of what he eats I would pile weight on! No tapeworm either, he's very healthy, just ravenous!

Rice pudding is also a hit in our house.

Yestermost Wed 04-Dec-19 15:07:17

More great ideas. He isn't veggie but we tend to eat meat only a couple of times a week. He will merrily eat lentils and pulse so will do that.
Bit gutted humanoid and geek yoghurt not available in Aldi.
Loving the smoothie he would deffo eat those.

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Jodie77 Wed 04-Dec-19 16:45:35

Maybe try some more eggs and some more beans and pulses. Tuna is really filling. So are nuts. There's meals which can be really filing or really light depending what you eat with them. So a bowl of soup is a light meal, but with grated cheese, sesame seeds and buttered rolls it becomes much more filling. Making porridge with whole milk and adding lots of extras like grated apple, dried fruit and chopped nuts can be really filling compared to a standard bowl

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