Is your daughter always hungry?
Does this happen in your house?? You prepare a nice meal for everyone, clear the table, load the dishwasher and clean everything up only to have your daughter come back to the kitchen an hour later to make a snack because she is hungry. This happens in my house and it drives me crazy! Maybe I should be more strict and tell them the kitchen is ‘closed’ like my mother did when I was a kid but I have a hard time saying no when my kids say they are hungry. Should they have eaten more at supper, should I have made sure they ate a nutritionally-balanced meal with lots of protein, healthy fats and carbohydrates?
So, how can your daughter possibly be hungry when she just ate an hour ago? Here are a few reasons why:
She did not eat a well balanced meal – For meals to be filling and satiating they need to contain all three macronutrients; carbohydrates, protein and fat. For example – tofu (protein) with vegetables and rice (carbohydrates) in a peanut sauce (fat).
She did not eat enough – Some kids get bored and distracted while they eat and don’t eat enough to fill themselves up or they are rushing to eat so they can get back on their phone. Make sure phones do not come to the table during meal time.
She didn’t eat real food – Real, whole foods contain nutrients that help stabilize blood sugar ensuring she feels full for a few hours. This means no chips or chocolate bars but real whole unprocessed foods like fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts or seeds.
She didn’t eat good quality plant-based protein like beans, tofu, nuts or seeds. Veggie dogs and veggie meats are okay once in a while but they don’t always have the best ingredients. And they are usually high in salt.
Some girls do need to refuel more often than others but making sure she is getting the right amount of nutrients with each meal will help support her growing body and keep her full without having to raid the fridge every hour. For more information about vegetarian diets, tips and tricks get a copy of Vegetarian Teen Basics For Busy Parents at:www.nutrilicious.ca