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I had heard rumors about it, but I didn’t fully understand the amount of food that boys can eat, until I had four boys of my own. I feel as though I am constantly feeding my boys and it is hard to keep them full. Everyday after school they come home starving! Here are some tips for feeding hungry teen/tween boys and keeping them full.
Feeding Boys: Ways to Keep Teen/Tween Boys Full
My boys seem like bottomless pits a lot of the time! What tips can you share with me to help them stay full? Here are a few that have helped our family.
1-Have quick, but filling foods on hand
We are always on the go with sports, music lessons, scouts and all of the other events my boys are involved in. A lot of the time they are in the door for a few minutes before heading out. Have foods on hand that are filling for when you are on the go. HOT POCKETS® Snack Bites are a bite size pieces of real food that will satisfy the hungriest of appetites and they are made with 100% real cheese.
We are in the middle of our craziest season of the year since we have added Baseball to our schedule. We have games/practices every night of the week and I had to fill up my freezer with quick and satisfying foods for my boys. I picked up some HOT POCKETS® Snack Bites in the frozen department at Walmart to have on hand for nights like tonight where we will be running in between activities late into the night.
2- Cut the Sugar
When my boys come rushing through the door after school, it is very easy for them to run right to something sweet for an after-school treat. When kids consume too much sugar it causes a spike in blood sugar which will eventually result in a crash of energy as their blood sugar tries to level itself out. Opt for foods that are low in sugar and avoid sugary soda and juice. The sugar in drinks can really add up. Give them milk or water instead.
Protein helps to keep blood sugars stable and helps people to stay full longer. I love that HOT POCKETS® snack bites come in so many different varieties with added protein. We tried Pepperoni Pizza Snack Bites and Hickory Ham and Cheddar.
4- Look for foods that are high in Fiber
Dried fruit, nuts, raw veggies, and high-fiber fruits are easy to add to any snack or meal and the fiber in them will help to stimulate a hormone in your brain that will make your kids feel full.
5- Keep them Hydrated
Our bodies confuse the feelings of hunger and thirst so often when we feel hungry we are actually getting dehydrated. Making sure our kids drink enough water is important to helping them feel full and have more energy.
My boys are loving the HOT POCKETS® Snack Bites. Even the littlest and pickiest brother loves them.
What tips do you have for helping your kids stay full?
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