Snacks everywhere!

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Snacks everywhere!
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Thu, 01-21-2010 - 7:47am
How do you deal with 'snacks' in (and outside) your home?

Not a month goes by without someone somewhere asking me to serve up some snack for an event that one of my children will attend and that, generally speaking, will not last more than 90 minutes.


An exerpt from this article 'Snack time never ends'


http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/20/dinin/20gusti.html?hp
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Fri, 01-22-2010 - 8:27am
For me, snacking is a problem. I'm working on snacking less and choosing healthier snacks when I do. At our house, we aren't really strict about mealtimes, so it's easy to get into the habit of snacking. DD asks for snacks a lot, especially when she doesn't particularly care for what we're having for dinner. I'm working on finding a balance between not spoiling her appetite for meals and allowing her to have healthy snacks if she's hungry.
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Fri, 01-22-2010 - 10:12am

That's why the default snack is fruit. If they are truly hungry and not just tired or bored, they will eat fruit (in a snack size portion). And it won't spoil their appetite for dinner. We also don't serve desert as part of dinner. It's more of an evening snack a couple of hours after dinner so not everyone gets to eat it. If their bedtime is 8pm or earlier, no evening snack.

Chris

The truth may be out there but lies are in your head. Terry Pratchett

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Fri, 01-22-2010 - 11:25am
There also needs to be a cut off time for snacking. We used to eat at 5pm so our cut off time was 3:30.
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Fri, 01-22-2010 - 12:26pm
Snack is kind of a bad idea as a default snack here. Samantha would eat fruit for every meal if I let her. I think I'm going to start cutting up carrots and celery and other veggies and put them somewhere in the fridge for snacks.
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Fri, 01-22-2010 - 12:28pm
Samantha is usually really, really hungry around 4 o'clock. I think I'm going to try offering only veggies. If she's really hungry, she'll eat them. If that doesn't work, I may do the cut-off thing.
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Fri, 01-22-2010 - 12:55pm
When my kids were little snack had to be a protein or they would start acting up bigtime right before dinner. I would usually give them a mozzarella cheese stick or sometimes two, some cottage cheese and fruit, or a cup of yoghurt.
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Fri, 01-22-2010 - 1:08pm
That sounds like a good idea. I really like the idea of cottage cheese or yogurt.
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Sat, 01-23-2010 - 12:25am

Mine is 4:00; we eat at 6. However, Lindsay (2.5 yo) is the exception as it's not unusual for her afternoon nap to run clear up to dinner time. Depending on when she gets up and when dinner is ready, she gets a snack regardless of what time it is. It would be too cruel to make her wait another 30 minutes just because she slept through afternoon snack. That would mean that she goes 6 hours between lunch at 11:30 and dinner at 6. That's too long for her.

Chris

The truth may be out there but lies are in your head. Terry Pratchett

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Sat, 01-23-2010 - 12:27am

Those are good too. We offer apples first simply because that's easiest. They can get apples by themselves. Veggies and other fruit must be cut up and served by Joy or me. And we aren't always available to do so.

Chris

The truth may be out there but lies are in your head. Terry Pratchett

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Sat, 01-23-2010 - 10:54am
i offer cheese and fruit, or yogurt.