On the other hand, my seven-year old eats in "spurts" if that makes sense. I really have a hard time telling him "no" when he wants a snack. He takes various supplements throughout the day and I feel like some of them make him 'more hungry' than he normally would be. However, he is so tall and skinny that I also feel like he needs the nutrition, even if he really doesn't...I'm not an M.D. so I usually just give him a snack (a healthy one) and then remind him that he still needs to eat his dinner. What do you do about snacking with your child (diagnosed with ASD)?
I found a great article about The Best Snacks which is a great tool if you are looking for some different, yet healthy snacks to feel your little ones. Here is some good advice about snacking from Registered dietitian Samantha Heller…
Advice for Parents on Scaling Back Snacking
Heller says there are things parents can do to limitsnacking.
Don't let your children snack out of habit. Make sure they are actually hungry.
"If you're snacking just after dinner, you're not hungry," Heller said. "They just feel like eating, and it's fun."
Put your money where your mouth is.
"You can't have a parent eating doughnut holes and telling your kid to eat carrots," Heller said. "That won't work."
Stop stocking your kitchen with bad snacks.
"When it's yogurt, chocolate pudding or apples, who is going to win?"Heller asked. "Well, the chocolate pudding will always win out every time. So A, I wouldn't give the child a choice, and B, I don't think I would have the pudding or the cookies in the house." Take away the unhealthy temptations, Heller says, and kids will embrace the healthy ones.
I am glad to know that I am not the only one who worries about what (and how much) my children put in their mouths. I think it is important to feed a growing child, but I don’t want them to “overdo it” just because they “think”they are hungry. For me, it seems like a fine line between wanting to snack and needing to snack. For now, I guess I will just stick to my “gut”instinct!
Our Favorite GF snacks...
Apples with or without peanut butter
Glutino pretzels (or pretzel sticks)
Pieces of organic cheddar cheese cut into cubes
Homemade popcicles (an afternoon snack)
Slices of nitrate-free lunch meat