Fussy Eaters Fight Club: Snack Time
#4 – Snack Time
Snack time for toddlers and young children is almost as important as meal times are. They don’t have the capacity to eat as much as we adults do and burn off far more energy barrelling around all day so regular food breaks are key for keeping their energy levels in check and preventing grumpy tired mood crashes.
The problem with snack time with Fussy Eaters is that they reject everything that falls into the category of ‘healthy’.
My two would happily tuck into chocolate, biscuits, crisps and cake at every opportunity however I’m not willing to pump them full of so much rubbish all the time. Don’t get me wrong, they are allowed all of those things – there’s nothing wrong with cake for pudding or a chocolate for a treat or biscuits as a snack on special days – I just don’t want them to have them at every snack time (once between breakfast & lunch and once between lunch & dinner usually).
Fruit is the most obvious choice as a healthy snack time food and I am lucky in that both the Smalls will eat some fruit.
They both eat bananas (most of the time) and Tori will also eat apples and occasionally pineapple and Arthur will (usually) happily tuck into a sweet Satsuma. This means that snack time can at least include a few slices of fresh fruit each time which is a good thing.
Raisins and sultanas are generally a hit with Smalls too, although Tori has recently decided that she doesn’t like them anymore (sigh). You should go easy on these though as they are quite sugary therefore not so great for little teeth.
I quite often add a small handful of raisins to whatever I give to Arthur as a snack, their presence seems to encourage him to try the other things in the bowl even if they are new to him.
Recently Arthur has discovered Dairylea cheese after a picnic lunch which involved good old Dunkers. He usually refuses to dip anything into anything but dunking breadsticks, crackers and mini cheddars into a teaspoon of Dairylea spread is his new favourite thing.
It is such a relief to see him discovering and actually enjoying something new – I was beginning to give up a bit and resign myself to breakfast cereal, sausages and chips for the rest of forever.
There are also multitudes of ‘healthier’ fruit treats but to be honest my two have turned their noses up at almost all of them. The odd one is a success but mostly they are rejected after a single bite which is costly as they are super-expensive.
I have tried baking my own oat fruit bars and healthy snacks but they take a fair bit of making, aren’t all that cheap to produce and usually end up being eaten by Caius because the Smalls don’t like them and I’m often not keen (I don’t know why I’m surprised that my children are fussy – I’m not that great an eater either it would transpire!)
Do you have trouble encouraging your kids to snack healthily? Do you have any tasty recipes for me to try out with Tori and Arthur to try and expand their food repertoire?
Until next time, good luck with your fussy eaters and remember:
The first rule of Fussy Eaters Fight Club is SHARE EVERYTHING THAT WORKS!