The names of children are usually hungry fast. Mother would have understood about this (especially if your child including active mothers move). And because kids get cranky when they’re hungry, the best way out is to give them a snack.
But perhaps many Mothers are worried that giving a snack actually eliminates the appetite of children so they are no longer hungry when it’s time to eat big.
If you have this, they may be so lazy to eat and if forced, they only eat with less portion. Then what to do?
The middle ground lies in the snacking schedule. Determine the best time and arrange the schedule. Here’s the tip.
- Do not give a snack when it is near meal time. If your child is already hungry half an hour before lunch time, for example, it would not be wise if he was given a cupcake (because his hunger for lunch would be lost).
- For toddlers, they cannot eat much at once and hungry before the next meal. Toddlers may need to eat five to six meals a day – three big meals and two or three snacks in between.
- If your toddler is already hungry before the big meal, give a low-sugar nutritious snack, such as cereal, fruit pieces, crackers, cheese slices, or yogurt. A good snack should be nutritious, low in sugar, low in fat, and low in fat. Examples such as fresh fruit, or foods containing grains and protein.
- Meanwhile, toddlers also still need to be controlled about snacks. In these ages, they usually love sweet food. So do not give candy or cookies as a snack. Toddlers are still learning to recognize feelings, so it’s very natural they say “I’m hungry” when in fact just bored, tired, or ask for attention.
- One very important thing you remember: make sure children enjoy a snack at the table, not in front of the television (because their attention will be split so they do not realize that they are already full, resulting in obesity).
- For children who are already in school, because they are more actively engaged and have a homework, then some still need to eat big three times a day plus two snacks. After school, usually the child is hungry. Try saving yogurt, fruits, or salad vegetables in the fridge for their snacks in the afternoon before dinner.
Giving a snack is easy-easy hard, especially if the child already knows what they want so difficult to control. But if you have started serving healthy delicious biscuits as early as possible at home, in the long run it will be useful. At least, your child will be more accustomed to looking for nutritious food when hungry.…