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Healthy snacks to grab when too starving to have sense

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Everhopeful Mon 10-Mar-14 17:51:26

I have a bit of an issue with DD(nearly 12) in that she is quite capable of eating an entire week's supply of crisps and biscuits in a sitting, so I go through phases of not buying them. I keep pointing out the fresh fruit, dried fruit, nuts and necessary for sandwiches, but it doesn't work well. I know she's hungry when she comes home: how do you manage this?

LastingLight Mon 10-Mar-14 18:51:10

DH put all the unhealthy snacks on a high shelf where neither dd nor I can reach.

gamerchick Mon 10-Mar-14 18:53:42


shebird Wed 12-Mar-14 10:30:14

When DD gets home from school she is ravenous and it is very easy to reach for the biscuit tin or crisps as a quick fix. I try to encourage her to have a wholemeal pitta and humus or maybe a bagel followed by a yogurt or piece of cheese. That's not to say that she avoids biscuits or crisps altogether but she will eat less of them if she has something else first.

Jbck Thu 13-Mar-14 10:16:11

Bagels,toast, oatcakes, all with laughing cow cheese or some peanut butter, fruit or breakfast biscuit/brunch bar type snacks as a last resort.

Hogwash Thu 13-Mar-14 13:44:12

Er, fat ball on a rope?

Hogwash Thu 13-Mar-14 13:44:58

Sorry, I didn't read the question - that's not how I manage it personally!

OldBeanbagz Thu 13-Mar-14 19:04:25

I make sure there's something ready to eat.

If my DD has to make a sandwich or prepare fruit, she won't bother. She'll just reach for something unhealthy instead. But if there's chopped veg & houmous, a sandwich or prepared fruit (melon etc) to hand she'll go straight for it.

She's just so tired after school (to be fair it's 11 hours door to door at the moment due to extra curricular stuff) that she can't be bothered to prepare something herself.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Thu 13-Mar-14 19:06:57

Another vote for popcorn maybe even microwave pop corn

Madmog Fri 14-Mar-14 09:38:30

I've always given my daughter fruit in the afternoon. As she's getting older she wants more, so she has fruit first, then it can be differing things like nuts, cereal bars, any chocolate she has from easter/Christmas or sometimes a packet of crisps. As others have said, things with carbohydrate & protein will help fill her up, so perhaps a mini cold tea or fruit and then she can have a treat.

If you buy crisps or biscuits, make it clear there's say two packets or say 10 biscuits for every member of the family that week and once they've gone, they will have to wait until the next main shop

Dancergirl Sat 15-Mar-14 08:55:34

My dd has breakfast stuff after school. So bowls of cereal, toast, croissants etc. Keeps her going till dinner.

NotEnoughTime Sat 15-Mar-14 10:41:21

Mine enjoy a wholemeal scone/ cheese scone (especially if they have made them themselves).

Everhopeful Sat 15-Mar-14 22:59:22

Thanks for all these ideas - whilst many of them do tend to rely on me being around to provide, not all of them do and that's a huge comfort!

On the whole, DD loves chocolate and crisps, but is otherwise not that into carbs of any sort and has so far steadfastly resisted all my efforts to spark an interest in cooking. Still, all things change and I can always hope (hence my moniker!)

grants1000 Sun 30-Mar-14 13:31:09

The toastie maker is the answer to you prayers! And they can do it themselves.

I have one ofr nearly 12 yo DS who is starving when he comes through the door. Tuna and cheese, cheese, bacon - anything! He hoofs one down in seconds, I also give him a large glass of water as he does not drink enough and that can make them feel very hungry.

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