How Can Small People Be SO Hungry?

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I am simply astonished at how much little people eat sometimes. Joshua, for instance, is especially baffling. He is 17 months old and not quite 21 pounds. How is it that he can pack away more food than his brother and sister combined most days?

For breakfast, the kids definitely eat more than I do. A LOT more. The night seems to have done them in, and they are ravenous.

The afternoons are another prime example. And I want to offer snacks that will get in some extra nutrients and won’t ruin their dinners.

Most of these recipes I’ve collected on Foodie fit the bill. They fill up tummies without being too heavy. Frozen fruit cups are our favorite as of late – I made some mostly following the recipe, but without sugar or frozen pineapple concentrate. It’s one that is very easy to customize. Next time I will add some grape halves, because I love frozen grapes.

I would honestly love to offer my kids veggies and dip, cucumber slices with egg salad, or green smoothies. But they would be left sitting there, and it would be a waste of my money. Maybe someday. But for the time being, I try to pick out recipes that my kids will actually eat, like popsicles, yogurt parfaits, and – their favorite – popcorn.

What do you serve for afternoon snack?

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3 thoughts on “How Can Small People Be SO Hungry?

  1. Honestly, I very rarely serve afternoon snacks here– my kids are big eaters at meals, but they’re not really “snacky” kids. They don’t come looking. I think that part of that is that my oldest and youngest both have earlier lunch times at their respective schools and get to have an afternoon snack there. Plus, I serve supper by 5:30PM. (For school, I send fruit, cheese, yogurt, pretzels, or nuts– except for the nut-free classroom, of course.)

    • I kind of have a guilty complex about it, because I would prefer not to do snacks at all. Then I worry my kids are starving. I just try to do snacks that will sneak in extra nutrition if we can. If I am feeling mean, I will say, “You can have carrots or broccoli!” Which is adamantly refuted. And then I say, “If you are truly hungry, you will eat vegetables.” Because I am a Meanie.

  2. After school you get a snack from a designated basket in our pantry. It holds crackers, dried fruit, nuts, fruit strips, etc. You may pair one of those with a fresh fruit and then you have to suck it up and wait for dinner (which is served around 6). Now, if you’re a toddler, sometimes you get away with getting an additional fruit or snack, but it totally depends on how much patience Mommy has left to deal with yelling/tantrums. 😉

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