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Appetite for a 9 year old

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user1479849873 Tue 22-Nov-16 21:35:47

Hi,
I am a dad (not a mum, sorry). My 9 year old (boy) comes home from school and eats a massive amount of food for tea (large steak, large plate of veg and 2 pieces of fruit, often 2 bananas and an apple) and is still hungry. The temptation is to feed him biscuits and ice cream but I want to be healthy and really filling but also desirable for him.
Can anyone help me please?
Thank you
A

lljkk Tue 22-Nov-16 22:00:13

This may be irrelevant, but why no carbs with tea?
What else is he eating each day, how active is he?

user1479849873 Wed 23-Nov-16 07:03:09

Good question. Veg with dinner always includes potatoes and bananas, of which he usually has two, are almost completely carbs

ppeatfruit Wed 23-Nov-16 12:15:51

I suggest , as an ex childminder\nanny, teacher and Mum of 3, that you give him a plate of nicely cut up fruit (or get him to cut it up himself) as soon as he gets in from school , with water of course. The he won't be so hungry for dinner. Giving fruit on an empty stomach is much better from the digestion too. Maybe try whole rice with his dinner (cook it hard though). Pumpkin is a lovely veg. !

user1479849873 Wed 23-Nov-16 13:34:56

Thank you. I really like the rice idea a lot. He already eats fruit almost constantly and is competent in cutting it up. Off to get some 'new and exciting' rice...

uhoh2016 Wed 23-Nov-16 13:42:49

My 9yo boy is also always starving when he gets home from school too I put it down to him being a growing boy. He is constantly on the look out for food but he's also extremely active and sporty so probably needs the extra calories there's not an inch of fat on him

NavyandWhite Wed 23-Nov-16 13:44:39

What's he eating for breakfast and lunch?

ppeatfruit Wed 23-Nov-16 13:45:14

grin He could cut up the veg. for supper too. I make steam release holes in a butter nut squash brush it with oil and bake it, you don't need to peel it (it's much easier to cut when it's cooked!) If he likes soups you could try those with him if you have a bit of time for preparation).

Carrot soup is a good starter for learning cooking.

user1479849873 Wed 23-Nov-16 17:40:07

Thanks for all this. He is also always eating and active and as thin as a rake. I just don't like the idea of him still wanting food.
I will also try the butternut squash idea. Fantastic. Thanks

Highlove Wed 23-Nov-16 18:28:53

Maybe he needs a more substantial snack after school? Fruit's nit that filling. Something with carbs and protein - crumpet and peanut butter, oatcakes and cheese or ham, full fat yog with a banana?

ethelb Wed 23-Nov-16 20:54:37

More fat perhaps? Butter and cream in the mash and creamy sauces on the meat?

Would he like custard or full fat yogurt with the fruit?

Would wholegrains make him feel fuller due to the fibre? Have you tried that? Can you try brown pasta, brown rice, pearl barley or slice of brown/rye bread with dinner with lots of butter/oil on?

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