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The Growl-ly Hour! Handling Hungry Kids...
Haylen_WebMD_Staff posted:
5 pm is the growl-ly hour at my house - tummies and attitudes.

Here's a "surprise snack" tactic that works to get my 6 and 2.5 year old girls to enjoy a healthy pre-dinner experience:

  • Make a big announcement "Time for a surprise snack!" - sell it!
  • Put a "surprise" in the middle of a plate - a small something your kids think of as a treat. I've used a gummy bear, an M&M, one marshmallow or a small chocolate covered pretzel. My big kid is crazy for salt so a pepperoni or a pickle work for her.
  • Surround the surprise with healthy snacks - cut up fruit, veggies, whole grain crackers, cheese.
  • Present with a flourish! Pretend your kids are customers at an elegant restaurant - put ice water in a grown-up glass, use fancy placemats and cloth napkins. Call them "Miss" or "Mister".
  • BONUS: I get a few minutes to think about dinner while they munch away.
What is your go-to healthy snack to beat the growl-ies? Any tips or tricks to share?


p.s. 19 Healthy Snacks for Kids gave me more food healthy food ideas.
Haylen_WebMD_Staff responded:
Popcorn is a big fave with my kids - just saw a post from the WebMD Healthy Recipe Doctor Finding the "Just Right" Popcorn

Now I need a snack


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