Snacks on Snacks on Snacks

Parents with kids that have medical issues: Ignore this post.

Everybody else should listen up. I’ve heard this from quite a few nannies, and I fully agree — what’s with all the snacks?

Story Time: I once had a parent tell me, “I can’t get my kid to eat at meal times.” My brain immediately had images of fruit juice, baggies of animal crackers, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. These were all of the items I’d seen packed inside the “snack bag”. To remedy this “non-eater” I took away the snacks except fruit or a half serving of cereal (immediately before their after-school activity) and almost like magic —  hunger appeared.

There are many conflicting theories as to how often, and what humans should eat. What I’ve noticed, is when kids have snacks and juice — their body never calibrates when it’s actually hungry. Snacks should not be a filler for being bored or something that you carry around at the park while playing. Also, fruit juice is a snack. It’s sugar and water – useless calories for the most part. If your kid wants orange juice — hand them an orange.

Pro Tips:
1. Snacks should not exceed 150-200 calories for kids.
2. Hot days outside should include water-dense fruits and veggies i.e. cucumbers, watermelon, tomato, oranges.
3. Kids should drink water. Milk if they’re struggling with protein.
4. The rules still apply while traveling! Bananas are everywhere now.
5. Meal-time is for meals. When a kid is done — that’s it, food is over.

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