I was going through my reader and found this article on kids snacking.
I have finally given into an after school snack. Spencer gets a snack in kindergarten (which is, 99% of the time a cracker), he eats his lunch (which includes a “main item” – like a snadwich, a fruit, a veggie, a treat and water). Then, when he comes home he always wants something sugary. In the summer I often give popcicles just because i know they’re hot… but this article really made me re-think. Constant snacking is OK, as long as it’s veggies.
My WW teacher, on Saturday said, “if you have finished your meal and you’re so hungry you’d eat a can of green beans, then you’re actually hungry”… and I think this has to be true of the kids also.
If they’re so hungry they want an apple, carrot sticks or whatever fruit or veggie I provide after school then fine, eat… if not. Don’t.
What’s your thoughts on snacking and kids? Also, do you think it’s a good idea to include a small “treat” in their lunches. This includes many items, like chips, cheetos (yum, they actually my own personal downfall), twinkies, home baked cookes, etc. They just get a small portion.
I do think raising our kids having a constant snack of goldifsh crackers and juice is what got them where the obesity epidemic is today. I don’t want to have my kids to have to go to weight watchers, I need them to be able to listen to their own bodies (btw, I never actually “got” an after school snack, but I did steal stuff a lot ).