Does this happen in your house?? You prepare a nice meal for everyone, clear the table, load the dishwasher and clean everything up only to have your daughter come back to the kitchen an hour later to make a ‘snack’ because she is hungry. I remember my mother telling me that the kitchen was ‘closed’ after she finished cleaning up from a meal.
It drives me crazy when my kids prepare something to eat after I have cleaned everything up. How many times can I tell them to make sure they eat a proper meal at supper so they aren’t hungry an hour later? Unfortunately, I have a hard time saying no when they say there are hungry. Can you say no to your kids when they tell you they are hungry?
How can they possibly be hungry when they just ate not even 2 hours before? Here are a few reasons why your daughter may be hungry after a meal:
- She did not eat a well balanced meal – For meals to be filling and satiating they need to contain all three macronutrients; carbohydrates, protein and fat. For example – tofu (protein) with vegetables and rice (carbohydrates) in a peanut sauce (fat).
- She did not eat enough – Some kids get bored and distracted while they eat and don’t eat enough to fill themselves up. Make sure phones do not come to the table during meal time.
- She didn’t eat real food – Real, whole foods contain nutrients that help stabilize blood sugar ensuring she feels full for a few hours. This means no chips or chocolate bars but nuts, seeds and good quality granola bars.
- She didn’t eat good quality plant-based protein like beans, tofu, nuts or seeds. Veggie dogs and veggie meats are okay once in a while but they don’t always have the best ingredients. And they are usually high in salt.Some kids just need to refuel more often than others but making sure she is getting the right amount of nutrients with each meal will help support her growing body.For more information about vegetarian diets, tips and tricks sign up for my newsletter.
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