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6/2/13 11:05 A

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I have an 11 year old hockey player. To save money, I buy a lot of generic cereals that are low sugar, high protein and put them in baggies for him as snacks. I also let him have 1 protein bar a day...I can not afford to let him have more. He is super skinny and eats all day long. I have found that it works best to give him almost a meal after school so he doesn't try and eat snacks until dinner. I might make him a couple of eggs or a chicken and cheese quesadilla. He can't keep weight on him....like his dad. My poor daughter takes after me, so she gets more fruits and veggies for snacks.




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5/31/13 11:00 P

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We went to Wendy's today and I get a side Caesar salad and a Jr. chs burger deluxe. My two kiddos, 8 and 9, one girl and one boy each ate 2 Jr. bacon cheeseburgers each and a milk! Wow. Hopefully, it's a growing spurt. My now 8 yr old son out eats me a lot.

He loves Greek yogurt and just had that for dinner tonight, so it goes in spurts.

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5/31/13 11:03 A

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I have a 6 year old bottomless pit. I started adding chia seeds to some of his foods (soups, yogurt, cottage cheese). It seems to help a little.

I also made him a special shelf in the pantry and fridge that he can just help himself to since it feels like so much of my day is spent constantly making snacks. I go to the dollar store and stock up on snack sized ziploc bags and portion his favorite snacks out so he isn't eating an entire box of crackers. My son loves having his own shelves because it makes him feel a little more independant.

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5/8/13 5:16 P

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We try to keep grapes, baby carrots, sliced apple or pear, grape tomatoes handy. If it's ready to eat, they will.

Vanilla yogurt makes a nice fruit dip, hummus for dipping the veggies or homemade pita chips. (Hummus and chips is our fake junk food)

Baked tortilla chips and salsa is another winner.

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4/23/13 10:51 A

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Clif kidZ organic snack bars! They have iced oatmeal cookie, brownie, and chocolate chip. My 6 yr old loves them, as do I!

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10/3/12 11:40 P

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I have 3 boys and the same problems. If he doesn't have any nut allergies nutella on a banana is a fave in our house... fills them up and they think that you are giving them junk :)

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10/1/12 2:25 P

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Those are great ideas. I am going to start baking more and maybe prepare a shelf in the fridge just for him with sandwiches, cheese, etc. already made. Thank you everyone!

-Sarah
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People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.
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10/1/12 12:14 P

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My eldest is a bottomless pit too. We do yogurt, bugs on a log, peanut butter sandwiches, cheese, carrots, fruit, and I make muffins with high fibre content to keep him full. I also make him drink water when he says he is hungry to make sure he isn't just thirsty.




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10/1/12 10:15 A

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Have you tried popcorn? It's filling and they can eat a lot of it being that the calorie count is so low. Also, have him drink some water. I try to always suggest that my kids drink a cup of water when they are hungry, then I give them a snack. I make them wait at least 20 minutes before they eat again- even if they say they are still hungry. I explain that sometimes it can take that long for your brain to realize that your tummy is full.

-You may believe that you are responsible for what you do, but not for what you think. The truth is that you are responsible for what you think, because it is only at this level that you can exercise choice. What you do comes from what you thinků


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9/30/12 9:54 A

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Just recently my 7 year old has been eating like crazy. He eats more than I do. Now, I know that I am 115 lbs, but sometimes it wows me.

I've given him carrots (sometimes with ranch), apples and peanut butter, cheese crackers, Kashi bars (he likes the dark chocolate coconut and banana chocolate chip), grapes, Multigrain Cheerios, pears, Snyders pretzel bites (he likes ranch ones), cheese and crackers, etc.

I try to give some protein and carbs so it sticks.

Good luck. Also have him drink water, sometimes it could be thirst.

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9/28/12 1:55 P

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I also have a "bottomless pit" of a 12 year old who seems to eat every 1/2 hour or so. He's a tall 5'5" and a whopping 107 lbs, so definitely not any worries about his weight. I agree it's both difficult and expensive to keep up with his appetite.
I do find that peanut butter toast (2 slices with generous pb) and some fruit works well as does a potatoes (baked, mashed, home fries). Thank heavens he really likes potatoes because they're a relatively cheap option as he won't eat oatmeal. He eats more fuit than you can imagine until we run out. His other go-to snacks are yogurt, cheese sticks, cereal with milk and pretzels.
Good luck and have fun! My son is one amazing blessing to me everyday even if it is a challenge to keep him fed!!

~Jessie~

You've got to want it more than you want the cupcake.

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV


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9/27/12 12:02 P

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I have three boys also age 7, 9, 9 and they love oatmeal. I find it is a good start to the day. I make the old fashioned oatmeal and add apples and brown sugar.

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9/27/12 10:53 A

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Hello! I have three boys that are also thin but require a lot of food. Some of our favorites include greek yogurt with a T of chia seeds mixed in 10 minutes before eating (that thickens it and makes it very satisfying), bananas rolled in chopped nuts, fruit with peanutbutter, fruit with cheese, french toast with 100% fruit spread instead of syrup, kale chips (wash kale and pat dry, tear into chip size peices-lightly coat with oil and salt-roast until crisp), hardboiled eggs, and oatmeal with 1 tsp of chocolate chips on top.
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9/25/12 12:59 P

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Thank you. Nice ideas, I'll try and teach him to do some basic cooking.

-Sarah
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9/24/12 10:23 A

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I go with more filling things for my bottomless 9 year old boy! Homemade chili, stews, soups...stuff that isn't expensive to make, keeps well in a crockpot/ kids can reheat for themselves and there is a lot of veggies and beans in there but they don't realize it is good for you. There are some good recipes here on Sparkpeople for these as well. Also 8 isn't too young to teach them to make themselves an omelet with veggies and cheese.

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9/23/12 9:41 A

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Hi all, I need advice from someone who's been here. Growing boys need a lot of calories, right? My 8-year-old active boy isn't overweight (50th percentile), but he is hungry. All.The.Time!!!

For example, since lunch (4 hours ago) he's eaten a carrot, a banana, a yogurt, and now a bacon and cheese sandwich. The last because I ran out of healthy food to give him. It seems I cannot keep enough healthy food in the house. I understand he needs a certain amount of calories a day and what I'm giving him are foods not high in calories, but they're healthy. How do I strike a balance between enough calories and healthy food?

What do you give your kids? I don't keep chips or cookies in the house and he already ate ice cream today.
Usually I'd make popcorn but I'm all out of that too. He doesn't like nuts.
Thanks in advance for ideas!

-Sarah
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