Did Someone say, “I’m Hungry!”
Having multiple mouths to feed throughout the day, all with different preferences, can be a tricky and exhausting endeavor for parents – but it doesn’t have to be!
Not everyone thrives best on three set meals. For example, my daughter struggles to eat a full meal and instead does much better on smaller snack size meals consistently throughout the day – whereas my son likes three bigger meals. Adult bodies all respond differently to nutrition habits and children aren’t any different. We can equip them with the confidence to learn what works best for them.
Here is one way. Use this tool to allow your kiddos to not only have the freedom to make snack and meal choices for themselves throughout the day but also to empower them to learn how to and when to eat according to their bodies needs and hunger cues.
Here’s How it Goes
Pick-up a number of small clear bins that will fit in the bottom shelf of your refrigerator (Ex. Bins). Work with your kids each time you grocery shop to pick snack options that you can fill these bins with cues to help figure this out:
1) What would be your fruit of choice this week?
2) What flavor yogurt would you like?
3) Would you like carrot sticks, pepper slices, or cut cucumbers as an option this week?
The idea is to get them involved so they feel like they are having autonomy over their choices, but the choices you are giving them are all based around foods that will support and fortify their growth.
Fill each bin with one of the snack choices you agreed on. They can grab it when they feel hungry or grab a few to make a larger meal at lunch time. Examples are: sliced veggies, turkey roll-ups, hard boiled eggs, sliced apples and individual peanut butter, separated-out crackers with little cups of hummus, trail mix, beef jerky, olives, cheese sticks, apple squeezes, yogurt squeezes, fruit or nut granola bars, etc. separated into small snack baggies or Tupperware.
This takes a small amount of effort in the forefront but allows for less struggle throughout the week. It also takes trial and error and time to figure out how to make this work best for you and your family, have patience and have fun with it!
Let us know how this goes and post any pictures of your snack bins in our Facebook Group!!
Emily is a nutritionist and performance coach. She works with people to develop plans that are nutritionally and physically focused, to help them sustain and excel at their life’s goals. Emily has a degree in dietetics and is passionate about nutrition.
Her passion for nutrition is specifically honed in on people’s relationships with food and how that can tie into ones emotional and mental health. Emily owns Adapt to Thrive Coaching, where she works with women to strengthen their love and appreciation for their bodies and minds through movement training and nutrition coaching. Her goal to provide women with the tools and environment where they are able to realize their power, strength, and ability to adapt and thrive through whatever life throws at them.