Snacks. We love them…and we hate them. We want our kids to snack better.
But, poor food choices and bad timing equal an unhealthy snacker. Just like you approach meals, you need a strategy to help your child.
With the average child snacking about 4 times per day — and some children eating up to 10 times each day — it’s no wonder it contributes about 600 calories or 27% of their daily caloric intake.
Today’s episode details my 8 tips for helping you develop a snack strategy that will help your child eat nutritiously and better regulate his overall appetite and eating.
What You Will Learn about How to Snack Better:
- 3 good reasons for snacking
- Which 3 nutrients are good at satisfying and inducing fullness
- Why the timing is a big part of success
- Why the way you offer them may contribute to overeating
- How to keep your child guessing, interested and nourished with snacks
- Clever ways to serve snacks that make them more of an event and more appealing
- The one rule that will change everything
- How to make them more nutritious and a contributor to your child’s nutritional needs
- How to tame the junky food requests…easily
What I Discuss:
- The current rates of kids’ snacking in America
- Ways to work protein, fat and fiber into your child’s routine
- The time frame and the gap you need to create between eating sessions to help boost your child’s appetite for meals
- Ways to eat more mindfully, and the unhealthy traps of eating snacks
- How to ensure food variety
- How changing the delivery and venue can inspire healthy eating
- Why you need to draw a hard line about access to food (and the easy way to do it)
- The brilliance of mini-meals
- Two ways to work in treats and sweets that won’t ruin your child’s eating
Links I Mention in the Show:
TNC 009: Top Notch Snacks for Young Athletes
TNC 014: The Real Mom Perspective on Snacking
TNC 018: Healthy Bone Development in Kids
TNC 026: How to Raise a Mindful Eater
TNC 003: Feeding Matters: What’s Your Feeding Style?
The Healthy Snack Planner E-guide
51 Snack Ideas for Kids
Help The Nourished Child Grow!
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