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hanutedmansionmomma
01-17-2010, 11:13 AM
So I went shopping yesterday, got fruit, 100 calorie snack bags, light yogurts, new 60 calorie jello mousse, and a lot of it is gone already! popcorn::

A lot of it is my kids, and although this happened on the weekend, it happens every weekday too. DH and I both work full time, and the kids beat us home. I come home to a garbage can full of wrappers every day.

I'm trying to buy fruits, light/low cal snacks, nuts, etc. but what's the point if you're going to eat 6 - 100 calorie snacks in one sitting?

How do you address this situation in your house? Should I just not care and let them eat whatever? I won't buy more until the next shopping trip, so it's not like I'm refilling daily or anything.

Any suggestions for a kid friendly snack that's filling (so you don't go back looking for more)?

TIA:surfweb:

KateMW
01-17-2010, 11:32 AM
So I went shopping yesterday, got fruit, 100 calorie snack bags, light yogurts, new 60 calorie jello mousse, and a lot of it is gone already! popcorn::

A lot of it is my kids, and although this happened on the weekend, it happens every weekday too. DH and I both work full time, and the kids beat us home. I come home to a garbage can full of wrappers every day.

I'm trying to buy fruits, light/low cal snacks, nuts, etc. but what's the point if you're going to eat 6 - 100 calorie snacks in one sitting?

How do you address this situation in your house? Should I just not care and let them eat whatever? I won't buy more until the next shopping trip, so it's not like I'm refilling daily or anything.

Any suggestions for a kid friendly snack that's filling (so you don't go back looking for more)?

TIA:surfweb:

I don't let my daughter snack all day. She has one snack in the afternoon on the weekdays after school and on the weekends, she sometimes has one between breakfast and lunch depending on what time we eat those meals. IMO, 5-6 is waaaay too many snacks for a child to eat in one day, much less one sitting. Are they eating breakfast, lunch and dinner?

floridascgirl
01-17-2010, 11:39 AM
How about making up a large Tupperware of snack mix? You could use whatever cereals are on special for the week, pretzels, goldfish, nuts, raisins, etc...

My son would never just grab an apple or banana, but he will eat them when they are sliced with peanut butter for dipping. So, I now keep a ziplock with sliced apple wedges in the fridge and he will fix them with peanut butter. If your kids like hummous, you could have baby carrots and sliced celery ready in a tupperware to go with it. I've found that my son is more likely to grab something that's tasty, yet not too much work! ;)

Another easy, filling snack is a tortilla melt. My son just sprinkles shredded cheddar on the wrap, melts it in the microwave, then rolls it up and eats it. He's also a big popcorn maker in the afternoon. We have a couple different sprinkle on toppings that make it a little more exciting.

Samar
01-17-2010, 11:47 AM
With the kids now (they're too little to stay at home), I set a designated snack time. They end up having 3 meals and 2 snacks a day (and after the meals, they can have a small treat... dessert is a privilege, not a right). You could always just say "Listen up, THIS is all the snack food available until the next grocery trip. If you eat it all now, you will have to go without until then" and if that doesn't work, hide it. lol

1stluvispooh
01-17-2010, 11:48 AM
Well how old are your kids?

I know my son is terrible about snacking all day. What I have done in the past is got each kids there own snack jar. Every night or morning the pick 3 snacks. They go in the jar. They can have their snack whenever but when they are gone there gone no more snacking

dougsmom98
01-17-2010, 12:14 PM
We had always just let our kids eat what they want when they want, but now that my boys are getting more hearty appetites it has gotten harder to allow for this. The problem in my house was that the kids were eating all the snacks that I would put in their lunches and then we wouldn't have any snacks for school. So, now we take those snacks and put them on a high shelf and tell them that they may not eat those after school or on the weekends. Everything else is free reign for them. It has cut down on the amount of junk they eat considerably. Try making homemade puddings and jellos for after school too. That is so much less expensive than the snack packs.

mrsbornkuntry
01-17-2010, 01:06 PM
The only snack food my kids are allowed to get without asking is fruits/veggies that I keep precut in the fridge. My older kids know when they can have a snack, which during the week is generally when they get home from school and something small before bed (we have dinner before sports/activities so they're usually hungry afterwards), but they still ask. When we have things like cookies they know there is a limit to how many they can have. We have done things like that for so long that it's ingrained, if I'm not home they do it anyway and the older kids will impose the rules on the younger ones.

Since we have a big family and it's more economical I buy big packs of things instead of individual bags. The kids are not allowed to eat out of the bag/box, we have small plastic bowls which are actually Gerber toddler bowls that are perfect for goldfish, chips, dry cereal, grapes, sliced apples, etc. I use them as well, but I'm still working on Dh.

I don't hide food, but I do mix up where I put things sometimes so they last longer. If I buy individual pudding cups I will put them in the refrigerator door where no one really looks for a few days. One week I might keep goldfish crackers in the pantry, the next week on the "snack" shelf in the cupboard. Just so they last longer. There are also certain snacks that are mine that the kids have to ask for, but it helps to get things that they don't like for me, lol.

They know what foods are for lunches and snacks at school, I have a specific spot where I keep things that are for certain events, like sport team snacks or cub scouts and they know not to touch those as well.

kohlby
01-17-2010, 02:09 PM
If my kids are hungry, they ask for a snack. They're allowed to have water, fruits, and veggies anytime they want. If they want something else, then asking is needed. I'll let them pick one snack out of the snack box twice a day - once mid-morning and once afternoon. If they're still hungry, I'll offer cheese or yogart. If they're still hungry, it's onto fruits and veggies.

For our snack box, I don't buy the 100 calorie packs. Instead, I use the snack sized baggies and put a handful of something in one. It saves a lot of money and it's already portioned so I don't have to stop what I'm doing. My most recent idea for the snack box was chocolate cheerios. We also do Nutri-grain bars, cheese and crackers, and goldfish.

I'm guessing that since your kids beat you home that they're teenagers. My husband tells me horror stories of how much food he ate when he was a teen and he was a skinny tall kid. I'm scared of the grocery bill when my kids are older! It's possible that your kids need a larger snack. If you think your kids need more to eat, then set a rule that they can have 1 snacks from the box, a sandwich, a piece of fruit, and a glass of milk. That's no exactly low in calories, but at least it's more balanced if your growing kids need that much food.

HelenePA
01-17-2010, 02:20 PM
I hide mine and bring them out a little at a time.. its the only thing that works in my house!

Hannathy
01-17-2010, 02:24 PM
My kids have always been allowed to eat whatever and however much of something they want and have never had a problem. I can ALWAYS tell the kids who get there food rationed at home, it is so evident when they visit or at Scouts etc.......

To the OP look at the age of your kids their calorie intake in a day is incredibly large!!!! It isn't surprising they need several 100 calorie packs in a sitting. Teens need a large amount of calories. If they aren't overweight why bother with the expensive 100 cal packs. Teen girls can eat teen boys under the table when they want to and you have both. your bill is only going to go up and up.

If they eat reg. meals, aren't obese then I would just chalk it up to growing teens with big appetites and quit buying the tiny little packs.

The OP doesn't have little kids that can have their every move monitored, she has independent teens whole different ball game. You don't plan and give snacks to teens they are on their own.

Mouse House Mama
01-17-2010, 02:42 PM
Stop buying snacks and only have fresh cut up fruit and veggies. If they are truly hungry they will eat this. If they just want to munch then they won't. Also, popcorn is a filling snack that isn't terrible. I personally don't bother with the 100 calorie snacks. They are filled with chemicals and only make you feel full temporarily. Heck I could easily eat more than one bag of them. Try cutting up a big bowl of strawberries or watermelon etc. It is easy to grab and at least it is satisfying.

disneylovin24
01-17-2010, 02:47 PM
:scared1: If I were you I would limit them to two snacks a day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. It's not just about how much they are eating, it's about how much money you will have to keep spending if they eat like this!!!

bumbershoot
01-17-2010, 03:02 PM
To the OP look at the age of your kids their calorie intake in a day is incredibly large!!!! It isn't surprising they need several 100 calorie packs in a sitting. Teens need a large amount of calories. If they aren't overweight why bother with the expensive 100 cal packs. Teen girls can eat teen boys under the table when they want to and you have both. your bill is only going to go up and up.

If they eat reg. meals, aren't obese then I would just chalk it up to growing teens with big appetites and quit buying the tiny little packs.


I agree.

Those 100 calorie packs, unless they've changed from when we were buying them 2ish years ago, have rotten ingredients.

So I'd just buy normal foods that cost less than those things.

Though if you do want to make sure that everyone gets their fair share of what you buy.... We like to have Clif brand protein bars in the house. They have various kinds, even some designed for littler kids. But DS of course likes the adult ones, too. Since I know these will be eaten, I've made it a rule that we each are alloted one per day. For me, it's breakfast. For hubby and son, it's a snack for extra energy and protein. But since they are a dollar each (except for the z-bars, which are cheaper) I don't want people to eat more than one/day. So at the beginning of the month, I've been buying enough for 1/day/person. Then I use (and reuse) gallon sized Hefty ziptop bags, put names on them, and fill them! Simple. So if hubby wants to take 3 to work, he can do so, and not possibly run down the supplies for me and DS.

So maybe that would work, to separate each kid's snacks into a big named bag like that.

Mouse House Mama
01-17-2010, 03:16 PM
:scared1: If I were you I would limit them to two snacks a day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. It's not just about how much they are eating, it's about how much money you will have to keep spending if they eat like this!!!

I am sorry but I cannot stand the whole food rationing thing. Sometimes kids are simply hungry. Yes, food is expensive but you know that when you have kids that you have to feed them. If you make a lot of things instead of buying pre-made and you buy on sale snacks, fruits, etc. then it is not a big deal. No child should be made to feel bad because they eat and it is expensive. That is just so wrong on so many levels imo. How would you as an adult feel if your spouse told you that you could only have 2 snacks a day and if you are hungry then too bad? I am not picking on you but this stuff makes me nuts.

BuzznBelle'smom
01-17-2010, 03:21 PM
I never buy the pre-bagged snacks. It's much cheaper to buy the box of pretzels or whatever. I try to have a wide variety of healthy-ish snacks around--fruit, of course, and crackers, yogurt, cheese sticks, etc.

Your biggest problem is, you have growing children. I feel your pain--DD14 is a runner and a dancer, and DS12 just officially blew by me in height. They need a ton of calories, and mostly "good" calories. I buy yogurt and don't sweat if they eat it, because those bones are growing. So long as yoru kids are active, I would worry less about the stuff being low-calorie, too. Seriously, DD14 eats like a trooper, and she's skinny. But, when she's in serious training for cross country, she's running 50 miles a week, and gets noticably thinner--pretty sad when she's barely 100 pounds to begin with. Right now it's off-season, so she's "only" doing 8 dance classes a week. I watch DS12 a little closer since he doesn't do a winter sport, but he's grown 6 inches and 2 pants sizes in the past 6 months.

I also make cookies--often. You can make healthier recipes--oatmeal-raisin, or brownies with applesauce in them.

If your kids are overweight, I would suggest making exercise a priority. Maybe do it as a family. But, if they're normal size, you don't want to be giving them food issues by haranguing them. They need to learn to make mostly healthy food choices.

shelbys mommy
01-17-2010, 03:23 PM
I always have this problem. I have been known to hide snacks in my closet or under my bed. My boys get 2 snacks a day, but my 7 yr old is mighty sneaky.

mrsbornkuntry
01-17-2010, 03:26 PM
I am sorry but I cannot stand the whole food rationing thing. Sometimes kids are simply hungry. Yes, food is expensive but you know that when you have kids that you have to feed them. If you make a lot of things instead of buying pre-made and you buy on sale snacks, fruits, etc. then it is not a big deal. No child should be made to feel bad because they eat and it is expensive. That is just so wrong on so many levels imo. How would you as an adult feel if your spouse told you that you could only have 2 snacks a day and if you are hungry then too bad? I am not picking on you but this stuff makes me nuts.

On the other hand, sometimes kids eat because they are bored, or because they had something different then see their sibling with something else and want that, or it's getting close to dinner and they're hungry...

While yes, if a kid is hungry they should be allowed to eat, you have to look at the whole pictures. My DD will eat all day on the weekend if I let her because she gets bored or wants to eat while doing other things. I don't refuse her all the time, but there comes a point when I have to just tell her, no, you're not hungry, you're bored. Get a glass of water and if you're still hungry in a half hour you can grab something then. Or I will tell them to wait until I finish cooking.

Mouse House Mama
01-17-2010, 03:31 PM
On the other hand, sometimes kids eat because they are bored, or because they had something different then see their sibling with something else and want that, or it's getting close to dinner and they're hungry...

While yes, if a kid is hungry they should be allowed to eat, you have to look at the whole pictures. My DD will eat all day on the weekend if I let her because she gets bored or wants to eat while doing other things. I don't refuse her all the time, but there comes a point when I have to just tell her, no, you're not hungry, you're bored. Get a glass of water and if you're still hungry in a half hour you can grab something then. Or I will tell them to wait until I finish cooking.

Oh I agree with you that children (and adults) do sometimes eat from boredom but I know my kids are hungry when they get home from school. They are also usually hungry when I am cooking dinner. When that happens I whip up a salad and they all sit down at the table while I continue to cook and they talk with me and each other. They are little of course and think this is a great treat.:laughing: The OP said the kids eat them out of house and home after school. Maybe dinner needs to be earlier or maybe the OP needs to prepare ahead of time some afternoon snack/meal and then serve then a lighter dinner.

mrsbornkuntry
01-17-2010, 03:34 PM
Oh I agree with you that children (and adults) do sometimes eat from boredom but I know my kids are hungry when they get home from school. They are also usually hungry when I am cooking dinner. When that happens I whip up a salad and they all sit down at the table while I continue to cook and they talk with me and each other. They are little of course and think this is a great treat.:laughing: The OP said the kids eat them out of house and home after school. Maybe dinner needs to be earlier or maybe the OP needs to prepare ahead of time some afternoon snack/meal and then serve then a lighter dinner.


That's true, the OP did say after school time was the problem. I know my kids always come home from school starving (and I always did, too).

Samar
01-17-2010, 03:43 PM
On the other hand, sometimes kids eat because they are bored, or because they had something different then see their sibling with something else and want that, or it's getting close to dinner and they're hungry...

While yes, if a kid is hungry they should be allowed to eat, you have to look at the whole pictures. My DD will eat all day on the weekend if I let her because she gets bored or wants to eat while doing other things. I don't refuse her all the time, but there comes a point when I have to just tell her, no, you're not hungry, you're bored. Get a glass of water and if you're still hungry in a half hour you can grab something then. Or I will tell them to wait until I finish cooking.

Exactly. Boredom eating in children can lead to overweight children. If the child is hungry, that is one thing but if they are mindlessly grabbing snack after snack leaving no room for dinner, there has to be a limit. As a kid I did a lot of boredom snacking and I'm paying for it now, literally (WW) :rolleyes:

Hannathy
01-17-2010, 04:12 PM
While a lot of these tricks will work with a 5 yr old do note the OP child is 16! If they can't eat at home they will simply go to someone else's house and while saving money for the OP it becomes quite tedious for the other parents to always be feeding another teen. They will "hang" out at a friends house instead of home if snacks are hard to get and I would rather have mine home. They also will just go buy their own snacks and I would rather have my DD using her money for better things than food.

By 16 the child needs to be self regulating concerning food because your time to do it is over and they really will be totally out of your control within 2 years and during these years there are a lot bigger battles and problems I'm concerned with than snacks.

deerhart
01-17-2010, 04:17 PM
I've got two high metabolism, hyperactive boys. They eat all day long. I can buy 15 lbs of fruit on Saturday and by Monday or Tuesday its about all gone! So I do end up spending $15-$20 a week on produce (bananas, apples, pears, carrots, oranges.. what ever is on sale for about $1 a lb or less)

We keep fruit, crackers, popcorn, fruit snacks (for school), carrots (they eat them whole I don't have to slice them), peanut butter, jelly, bread, and cheerios as staples for them to eat in between meals.

So you really have to look at your kids and what they are doing, what they are eating, etc.. We really cracked odwn on snacks right before dinner 9because then they wouldn't eat) and right after dinner (when they didn't eat dinner) because it was more turning their nose up on dinner and then going for something they liked better.

katied
01-17-2010, 04:24 PM
When DNiece and DNephew came to live with us (ages 13 and 11) we had to address this right away.

The very quick solution - no snack size things, no real junk food, etc. is purchased in the house, and cannot be eaten by the kids. Any snack size stuff to to take out/travel with, not to eat in the house.

We always have fruit in the house - apples, pears, bannanas, oranges, etc. So, first choice is always a piece of fruit and glass of milk. If that is not enough before dinner, the kids can make PB&J and split - so each have 1/2 sandwich. Similarly, they can make a cheese or lunch meat sandwich and each have 1/2 sandwich.

The key is we do not have "easy" food around for the kids to just munch on. THey have to put the effort in and eat something a bit healthier. We then always have dinner as a family, and they are expected to eat and not have spoiled their appetatie with snacks.

This may seem extereme, but its best for all of us not to fill up on junk food all the time, even in 100 calorie packets. Once in a while, we'll have a treat - such as popcorn for a Friday night movie night at home, or some junk food while watching Sunday football, etc. But this is always with us present and supervising.

hanutedmansionmomma
01-17-2010, 04:44 PM
The key is we do not have "easy" food around for the kids to just munch on. THey have to put the effort in and eat something a bit healthier.

Thanks everyone! Yes, my kids are older and many times home for an hour or 2 before DH and I are. Both kids are in sports off and on throughout the year and taller than me! We do dinner together every night around 5:30 or so.

I completely agree with 100 cals is probably not enough for these guys! What was I thinking? Oh, I was thinking about me :rotfl2:Of course they're eating more than that...

I like the idea of snacks that take some effort for them to prepare, like popping popcorn, making a PB&J, cutting up fruit. NO more teeny expensive (even w/ coupons...which I love - shout out to coupon train buddies!) bags. *duh*:rolleyes:

thanks for helping me see the light!:thumbsup2

GoinToDisney
01-17-2010, 06:20 PM
You might try to teach them to add some protein in their snacks, so if they have a piece of fruit or some pretzels, they should have some cheese too. That will keep them satisfied longer.

MSSANDRA
01-17-2010, 07:49 PM
You simply need to change the snacks you have in the house afterschool. Many kids are starving when the come home from school. For many girls eating lunch is not cool and they come home not eating all day!!

100 calorie pack type foods are VERY expensive and they are in no way filling up hungry kids after school. Talk to you kids about snack time and then fill the kitchen with healthy/ filling foods that suit you both. Sorry, but when you have kids it just cost money to feed them.

Look at buying low fat pop corn, whole grain crackers/ string cheese/ fruit/ raw veggie/dip, muffins, skim milk,etc.

consider leaving them leftovers such as pizza or meat for sandwiches, pasta etc.

Talk with them about snack time in relation to dinner time. If they are over weight you may need to make some adjustments but most kids are just hungry after school and need good healthy filling food!!!

badblackpug
01-18-2010, 02:52 AM
I realize the Op's kids are older, but my 9 year old will eat mindlessly, all day if it was allowed. If there are chips or cookies in the house, he will eat them, whether he is hungry or not. The solution is I just don't have them. I keep lots of fruit and veggies, string cheese, unbuttered popcorn. I think for the Op maybe offering a snack that is more filling such as a PB&J (no sugar preserves on whole wheat) or lean deli meat and cheese rather than offering the smaller "convenience" snacks is a better idea. (also be careful about some yogurts some are high in calories/sugar/fat) I buy large bags of baby carrots and low fat ranch, apples, oranges, bananas. and grapes. My kids also like peanut butter and celery. I found the same problem with the 100 calorie snacks, they just eat more than one! I try to eat very healthy, chips and cookies are only an occasional treat, but I guess this misfires, too, because when they do get them they tend to over indulge.

tttessa
01-18-2010, 05:08 AM
Hiya -

we find the same problem - so I don't buy snack stuff any more (our grocery bill has REALLY gone down...) - the kids have a glass of water when they get home (sometimes hunger signals get confused with thirst!) and then if they are hungry they have a sandwich on rye/wholewheat bread or a bit of fruit which keeps them full till dinner. If they are "not hungry for a sandwich" or fruit - then they don't NEED to eat. We have treats too, don't get me wrong, but not daily, and not to feed hunger.

Tessa

DawnM
01-18-2010, 06:22 AM
I limit the kinds of snacks my kids can have, but I don't limit amounts, unless it is close to dinner.

I do not buy ind. packets as they are far more expensive, and I don't buy sugar snacks (we do allow one portioned by us dessert per evening meal), so I don't have on hand the things you have mentioned.

Some of the snacks my kids eat regularly:

Air popped popcorn
rice with soy sauce
toast with butter
leftovers from the previous night
PB/Jelly sandwich or on crackers
any fruit or veggies they want
(they can have ranch for veggies)

luvsJack
01-18-2010, 10:12 AM
When my sons were teens, I just quit thinking of "snack" items after school and they had mini-meals (well, sometimes actual meals). They would make a sandwich (or two), pizza (frozen or made with small pre-made crusts), a hamburger, or heat up left overs from the fridge.

I have always kept fruit and raw veggies but these would be the things they would grab while fixing the sandwich, pizza or burger!

I don't believe in making anything "off limits" because I have seen too many kids over indulge when they do get it. The reason for the way we did things was just the simple need to fill up two bottom less stomachs! There were snack items around but when they got home from school they wanted "FOOD".

GaSleepingBeautyFan
01-18-2010, 10:55 AM
My kids and DH would snack me out of house and home. DD10 gets bored and eats even though she gots tons of toys, art stuff, and pets to play with, DH eats all the time because it's a habit, DS14 is the good one, he snacks until full and then goes on his way.

I hide the cookies I buy or make to put in the kids lunches for a treat, otherwise they'd be gone in a day.

The snacks that are out are: yogurt, bagel bites (DS14's fav. snack), fruit and veg's, popcorn, cheese cubes. And DH eats bread, just plain bread all the time. At least it's cheap.

Occasionally I'll buy some sort of fruit snack or fruit by the foot when it's on sale. And pretzels when they are on sale.

dis-happy
01-18-2010, 12:03 PM
Buy a box of ramen noodles (or cup of soup ramen). Tell them to eat that first; at least it will fill them up a bit.

My kids are allowed one pre-packaged snack a day and one yogurt a day. Otherwise everything would be gone in 2 days! They can have fruit and carrots when they want, and any dinner leftovers in the fridge are open season (nothing like a teenage boy to clear out your leftovers).

Good luck!

Mouse House Mama
01-18-2010, 12:08 PM
Buy a box of ramen noodles (or cup of soup ramen). Tell them to eat that first; at least it will fill them up a bit.
My kids are allowed one pre-packaged snack a day and one yogurt a day. Otherwise everything would be gone in 2 days! They can have fruit and carrots when they want, and any dinner leftovers in the fridge are open season (nothing like a teenage boy to clear out your leftovers).

Good luck!


I would rather sell my bloomers to pay for food then suggest my kids eat Ramen noodles to fill up. That stuff is pure junk.

FoundMyPrince
01-18-2010, 12:45 PM
My suggestion would be to just not buy the snacks. It sounds like you are buying a lot at one time...why? Perhaps buy fruit/veggies and tell them they have to last for x amount of time. When the snack items are gone, don't buy more until you said you would. I'm sure our children would snack all day long if we'd let them, but we wouldn't let them. It's not a big issue - we just tell them that we'll have a good meal at breakfast/lunch (when not in school)/dinner and they'll need to wait until then.

dis-happy
01-18-2010, 01:05 PM
I would rather sell my bloomers to pay for food then suggest my kids eat Ramen noodles to fill up. That stuff is pure junk.

How about a box of whole wheat pasta and some organic sauce then? Whatever works for you! We keep both in the house and my teens can cook up either.

KateMW
01-18-2010, 01:13 PM
I am sorry but I cannot stand the whole food rationing thing. Sometimes kids are simply hungry. Yes, food is expensive but you know that when you have kids that you have to feed them. If you make a lot of things instead of buying pre-made and you buy on sale snacks, fruits, etc. then it is not a big deal. No child should be made to feel bad because they eat and it is expensive. That is just so wrong on so many levels imo. How would you as an adult feel if your spouse told you that you could only have 2 snacks a day and if you are hungry then too bad? I am not picking on you but this stuff makes me nuts.

But are they eating their real meals? That's my question. There is a difference between being hungry and snacking because you can.

MichelleinMaine
01-18-2010, 04:47 PM
I have a 13 year old DS, I feel for you going through food!

In our house, the few prepackaged things I buy are designated for lunches or "travel snacks" (eg we've got dance to scouts and won't be home, snack on the go). They are just for convenience, not every day. There are plenty of other options at home.

Fruit, veggies, pretzels, crackers, popcorn (I do get microwave, but airpopped even better), a bowl of cereal {something healthy}, cheese cubes or as a PP said on a tortilla, peanut butter toast or English muffins are all fair game at any time, relatively healthy, and fairly inexpensive in regular packaging (not snack sizes). DS can eat any of these whenever. DD9 gets to pick one afterschool (because she won't eat supper if she has more than that.)

DawnM
01-18-2010, 05:15 PM
I do ration.....not portions of quality food served, but junk food is most certainly rationed!

It is not about money, it is about health.

Noone is suggesting starvation of anyone.

Dawn

I am sorry but I cannot stand the whole food rationing thing. Sometimes kids are simply hungry. Yes, food is expensive but you know that when you have kids that you have to feed them. If you make a lot of things instead of buying pre-made and you buy on sale snacks, fruits, etc. then it is not a big deal. No child should be made to feel bad because they eat and it is expensive. That is just so wrong on so many levels imo. How would you as an adult feel if your spouse told you that you could only have 2 snacks a day and if you are hungry then too bad? I am not picking on you but this stuff makes me nuts.

disfan07
01-18-2010, 07:36 PM
The problem with a lot of these suggestions about set snack time, etc. is that these suggestions are coming from people with elementray age children.
It doesnt work teh same with highschoolers.

If a 16 year old with money and a car is hungry, they will go get food themselves adn a lot of times, not as healthy as whats in the house. Even if they dont have a car, if they are within walking distance to teh store, ro fast food palce, they will walk adn get something to eat. A 6 or 10 year old is not going to do the same thing.

I think the best suggestion is really just to make sure there are healthy adn filling snack.
When my brother was a teenager his favorite things to eat afterschool were:
leftovers
sandwiches
macaroni and cheese
pasta
grilled cheese
soup

Basically, he was having a second lunch. I dont knwo what the school schedule is like for your kids but for us it was:
school starts at 7:15AM (eat breakfast at like 6-6:15)
lunch was between 10:30 and noon (my brother and I usually had 10:30 or 11:00 lunch)
school ends at 2:30....by the time we got out o fteh parking lot and got home it was about 3:30

That would be 5 hours between lunch and when we got home. I was always hungry for a snack but my brotehr was always ready for a second lunch. and he would be hungry again for dinner around 6:30-7PM. And he is and always has been skinny as a rail adn he would eat us out of house and home.

momx2
01-18-2010, 08:35 PM
I'm sorry, but I can't imagine having an 11 and 13 year old split a sandwich as a snack as someone posted on here. My DD12 is very active and very fit. She easily polishes off a sandwich when she gets home from school. I do keep the 100 calorie packs as snacks to take to school. My DDs are pretty good about only using them for that, most of the time. I also keep deli meats, cheese sticks, peanut butter, fruits and veggies as snacks. Both my girls are starving when they get home. They each eat something every day and then they eat their dinner around 6.

If they are not overweight and eating the right things, there is no reason to limit their snacking as long as it doesn't interfer with dinner.

KateMW
01-18-2010, 10:51 PM
If they are not overweight and eating the right things, there is no reason to limit their snacking as long as it doesn't interfer with dinner.

I agree with this 100%

Alesia
01-18-2010, 10:52 PM
I'm sorry, but I can't imagine having an 11 and 13 year old split a sandwich as a snack as someone posted on here. My DD12 is very active and very fit. She easily polishes off a sandwich when she gets home from school. I do keep the 100 calorie packs as snacks to take to school. My DDs are pretty good about only using them for that, most of the time. I also keep deli meats, cheese sticks, peanut butter, fruits and veggies as snacks. Both my girls are starving when they get home. They each eat something every day and then they eat their dinner around 6.

If they are not overweight and eating the right things, there is no reason to limit their snacking as long as it doesn't interfer with dinner.

I agree, but I think that many of the people posting on this thread have much younger children. Either they don't realize that the OP's kids are teenagers, or they don't realize how many more calories a teenagers needs in a day.

Hannathy
01-18-2010, 11:05 PM
The problem with a lot of these suggestions about set snack time, etc. is that these suggestions are coming from people with elementray age children.
It doesnt work teh same with highschoolers.

If a 16 year old with money and a car is hungry, they will go get food themselves adn a lot of times, not as healthy as whats in the house. Even if they dont have a car, if they are within walking distance to teh store, ro fast food palce, they will walk adn get something to eat. A 6 or 10 year old is not going to do the same thing.

I think the best suggestion is really just to make sure there are healthy adn filling snack.
When my brother was a teenager his favorite things to eat afterschool were:
leftovers
sandwiches
macaroni and cheese
pasta
grilled cheese
soup

Basically, he was having a second lunch. I dont knwo what the school schedule is like for your kids but for us it was:
school starts at 7:15AM (eat breakfast at like 6-6:15)
lunch was between 10:30 and noon (my brother and I usually had 10:30 or 11:00 lunch)
school ends at 2:30....by the time we got out o fteh parking lot and got home it was about 3:30

That would be 5 hours between lunch and when we got home. I was always hungry for a snack but my brotehr was always ready for a second lunch. and he would be hungry again for dinner around 6:30-7PM. And he is and always has been skinny as a rail adn he would eat us out of house and home.

Yes!! I have said the same thing since the beginning of this thread!!!! These are not little kids getting their snacks handed out by Mommy. These are independent thinking and acting people. They don't wait on Mom to get a snack, they better be self sufficient by then or heaven help them!


PS about the Ramen, now come on How does any one get thru college without eating Ramen!!!

mjkacmom
01-19-2010, 07:19 AM
My kids grab a snack from the snack drawer after school (either pre-packaged, or snack bags I made up). If they are still hungry, they can have fruit, which is always available. My three little ones are very, very skinny, my 11 year old a little chubby (BMI - at risk), and my dd13 normal (she has the metabolism of the younger ones, but LOVES to eat, which is why she is normal). My oldest has more free-range with snacking, but I do call her on it, since she tends to eat when she's bored. Ds11 has no problem eating fruit when he's still hungry (a few apples!).

mjkacmom
01-19-2010, 07:39 AM
I'm sorry, but I can't imagine having an 11 and 13 year old split a sandwich as a snack as someone posted on here. My DD12 is very active and very fit. She easily polishes off a sandwich when she gets home from school. I do keep the 100 calorie packs as snacks to take to school. My DDs are pretty good about only using them for that, most of the time. I also keep deli meats, cheese sticks, peanut butter, fruits and veggies as snacks. Both my girls are starving when they get home. They each eat something every day and then they eat their dinner around 6.

If they are not overweight and eating the right things, there is no reason to limit their snacking as long as it doesn't interfer with dinner.

My younger ones are getting snacks from the snack drawer. Dd13 has a cup of coffee or tea for breakfast, maybe some fries at lunch (she doesn't like the food at school, doesn't eat sandwiches, and has no time to go to her locker before or after lunch), and is starving when she gets home from school. She usually heats up a can of soup.

Kit'smommy
01-19-2010, 09:14 AM
DH, DS and I are all grazers. We do eat regular meals, but we snack alot. We also are very active and are all pretty thin.

We tend to eat nuts, popcorn, veggies with dressing, fruit, cheese, yogurt, PBJs, homemade soup frozen in small quanties, deli meats, pretzles and sometimes chocolate or homemade cookies.

We avoid most light and 100 calorie packs of things as they are expensive and often have really terrible ingredients as others have said.

One thing that really helps turn off the hunger switch is to make sure to have some protein and fats in each snack. Adding a slice of cheddar or some peanut butter to an apple will make it much more filling.

One favorite in our house is smoothies. We often buy very ripe bananas and berries and chop them up and freeze them. This way we can still whip up a smoothie when all the other fresh fruit is gone. A banana and a handful of blueberries or strawberries along with some milk or OJ and a little vanilla and ice makes a yummy drink that is filling and still nutrious.

U2_rocks!
01-19-2010, 10:36 AM
Adding a handful of nuts (preferably not too salty) to a snack adds protein, and helps keep kids full as well. Almonds are a great choice, though my kids prefer cashews.

If they are drinking lots of water or milk that also helps (not juice - too much sugar even in the all natural ones).