And ideas that I/ they can just grab. I've given up trying to get them to wait for meal times. DS2 is always hungry and is a right grazer. DD going the same way. They are 4 and 2. They can have, within reason, Toast, weetabix, banana, pear, apple, carrot, bowl of dry crappy cereal. Any other ideas for quick, filling, reasonably healthy snacks?
Rupreket I hear you and I know this to be a bad thing but meal times take so long as it is! (Unless its macaroni cheese followed by ice cream which they seem to put away without it touching the sides). Seriously, I'm a good cook and cook healthy balanced meals from scratch, not always but most of the time because that's how we eat and I like to cook. But they just faff around and take forever and a day and rarely (unless its their favourite) do they want seconds. Then when they (actually its really DS, the girl just copies him) inevitably ask for food half an hour later I can't face the whining and give in. On the up side DS1 used to be a crappy mealtime eater and has been great since he turned about 5.
My dd1 is always asking for snacks too Drives me mad Here's some ideas: Frozen grapes Edamame beans (buy them frozen) Dd calls them popping beans Babybel cheeses or laughing cow Goldfish crackers (not sure they have those in UK) Peanut butter with sticks of celery to dip Or humus (sp?) Make up your own trail mix from dry cereal eg shreddies and dried fruit such as raisins throw in some dark choc chips as a treat Breadsticks with small amount Nutella to dip
Look forward to reading other suggestions 😀
Greek yogurt...add some fresh fruit to it if you want it to really be filling (today DS1 had full fat vanilla Greek yogurt with orange slices in it, yesterday strawberries added, day before banana etc)
cheese cubed or sliced
Unsweetened apple/fruit sauce cups
We admittedly do a lot of raisins/dried cranberry but The dentist says we should limit
4 year old could have nuts, 2 year old could try unshelled sunflower seeds
Oatcakes, rice cakes, breadsticks, raisin toast, toasted muffins, dried fruit (limit due to teeth), veg sticks to dip in hummous/soft cheese, cold boiled egg, cold strips of omelette, cheese cubes, wide variety of fresh fruit, homemade flapjack and muffins can be healthyish if you look for low sugar recipes.
How about serving fruit first at mealtimes, so they start with, say, a bowl of strawberries, followed by pasta, followed by fruit again?
Also, timetable their snacks (we always have snack at 4pm) and do not allow food anywhere else than at the table, after hand-washing. We find that having to stop playing limits the attraction of snacks...
4pm snacks here: bread dipped in oil; bread and jam; banana; milk and fruit smoothie (around 200ml milk plus a banana and some strawberries, for example); bread and avocado with lemon juice; hot chocolate with cake (homemade, so a lot less fat and sugar than bought ones); hummous with carrot or bread; yoghurt...