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Mommy, I'm REEEEEALLY hungry!

PostPosted: 15 May 2012, 20:02
by BLTMama
I hear this approximately one million times a day. And while I am blessed with a toddler who 1) eats and 2) will eat practically anything and 3) has recently had soy and legumes cleared for her diet which makes my options MUCH wider, I find myself flatfootedly offering her crackers, Cheerios and bananas waaaay too often, and still feel like I'm spending hours each day slicing fruit, washing veg, cubing tofu, making toast, scrambling eggs and just generally making two dozen off-the-cuff meals.

I can't be the only one whose child is a voracious grazer -- any tips on how to be more proactive and prepared for the endless requests for food? I've been thinking about making her a self-serve snack basket or drawer in the refrigerator (and just prep it all at once in the AM or the night before), but I'm a bit stumped about what to include and how best to present it. Also, what kind of snacks/food do you offer when out and about? I have a hard time coming up with things that aren't crackers (dried fruit is still out for us, sadly) or whole fruit that will keep when we're out all day.


P.S. In spite of eating like a teenage boy, she still hasn't gained a pound since January! :o

Re: Mommy, I'm REEEEEALLY hungry!

PostPosted: 15 May 2012, 21:04
by Spanner
My almost 3 year old is the same and it drives me crazy! Also I don't really want her eating so many snacks as it cannot be good for her teeth and she is rather sturdy so it's not like she needs the calories. Sometimes what she really means is that she is tired or bored so sometimes I kind of ignore it and ask if she wants to play a game. We have a big bowl of fruit and a smaller bowl with tomatoes which she can reach with the help of a step. Carrots are also within reach (she just eats them as they come) but she does have to ask. Other easy stuff - little bowl with houmous and breadsticks (you could take this out in tupperware), ready prepared sticks of cheddar, sliced raw mushrooms, slices of malt loaf, oatcakes (bit healthier than crackers? Don't know US equivalent), ricecakes, a yoghurt... the odd biscuit too. I have found that a more substantial breakfast e.g. eggs, toast and fruit can help.

Re: Mommy, I'm REEEEEALLY hungry!

PostPosted: 15 May 2012, 21:32
by blackberrycrimble
We do the breadstick test sometimes if we think it is boredom/something else. By which I mean we offer them a breadstick, which they eat but find a bit boring. If they are truly hungry they eat the breadstick.

Other than that, what Spanner said.

Re: Mommy, I'm REEEEEALLY hungry!

PostPosted: 15 May 2012, 21:34
by robyn
when m goes through phases like this I try and concentrate on giving her plenty of protein - fills you up for longer - so cheese, eggs, chicken etc.

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PostPosted: 15 May 2012, 21:34
by shye
Eden is a grazer... If I'm not certain if he's hungry or bored, he's offered toast with either butter or peanut butter.

Re: Mommy, I'm REEEEEALLY hungry!

PostPosted: 15 May 2012, 21:35
by robyn
Oh and a raw carrot is always in my bag - it still takes her ages to eat an entire carrot so keeps her quiet for a long while!

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PostPosted: 15 May 2012, 22:02
by ches
Robyn that is evil genius!

J weighed 39 lb for abour 6 months around 3yrs old. He has a snack cupboard and can reach the fruit bowl and raid the fridge. Once the novelty wore off, he did not need managing.

Re: Mommy, I'm REEEEEALLY hungry!

PostPosted: 15 May 2012, 22:39
by Turtle'sMammy
Satsumas/tangerines - if you teach them how to peel them, it takes an age.
Peanut butter and crackers/tortillas.
Strawberries.
Apples (whole, take forever!)
Frozen peas.
Raw peppers.
Popcorn.
Nori (seaweed) - have had to limit him to one little package a day.
Apple sauce pouches (Go Go Squeeze - they have them at walmart).
Yoghurt tubes (frozen).
Plain slice of bread (this is his fave! Odd).
Dry cereal. Quaker Life or similar.
Almonds.
Unsalted pistachios (occupies him for ages too, trying to shell them!!)

Re: Mommy, I'm REEEEEALLY hungry!

PostPosted: 15 May 2012, 22:42
by Turtle'sMammy
Oh, and a hard boiled egg. He loves peeling them too.