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pre-dinner snacking

When my kids are pestering me ‘what’s for dinner?’ and I’m not done preparing dinner, I give them carrot or celery sticks, or dried fruit to hold them over. I find that when the kids are so hungry that they are asking when dinner is, they’ll eat just about anything.

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  1. This is a great idea! I try to keep snacks like dried fruit and cut up raw veggies down at kid eye level and, if I happen to have chips or cookies in the house, they go up in higher cabinets behind closed doors. Hopefully out of sight, out of mind!

  2. Beware, most dried fruits are sweetened with refined sugars, sucrose or fructose.

    I do not allow chips in my home, I use instead Snap Pea Crisps and sugar free cookies.

  3. I have a veggie tray that I will set out around 1/2 hour before dinner time. My boys will nibble off the tray and then I really don’t worry if we are having a veggie they dont enjoy….I know they already got at least 1 serving towards the days goal.

  4. I am a dietitian and used to give advice like this to moms all the time. They would look at me like I was crazy and ask if I even had kids of my own. Actually, I didn’t. Now that I do, I’ve come up with more creative snacks than just carrots and celery. At least recommend apples with peanut butter or nuts and raisins – but, I do see now that celery ain’t gonna cut it with kids!

  5. I think these are good sncak ideas, and healthy ones too. I give my four year old fruit snacks, graham crackers, sometimes microwave popcorn, and if all else fails a peanut butter sandwich.

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