With a house full of teens (3 of them) and a pre-teen, I sometimes think I should own stock in the local grocery store. I buy in bulk much of the time as it seems my children want to eat everything up as soon as I walk through the door. The food seems to last a little longer this way. I barely get home from food shopping before they’re asking “What did you buy?”
I do realize they are active, growing kids and need regular nourishment. However, it seems they try to eat up everything in one sitting… not because they are hungry
although you would think they were starving to watch them eat, but because it’s there. I know for a fact that much of the time it’s just a matter of being bored.
That’s why I’m really excited to start my Tips for a Great Start with Team Kellogg’s series with Tip #5:
Hunger vs. Boredom
Groceries these days can be rather costly... especially when you are feeding a large family like ours. So, I've found great ways to save on food and stretch those dollars by incorporating these few simple things:
- Start your day with a good, filling breakfast. A bowl of Kellogg's cereal with milk and some fresh fruit gets my kids fueled and out the door to help them make the best of their day.
- Get them involved in an activity to keep their mind off of food - my kids are all very active in sports from football to gymnastics, but they also love video games. So we make it a rule that they need to be outdoors and/or active at least 1 hour per day.
- If they're hungry between meals, they may just be thirsty. We tell them to drink a full glass of water, wait about 10 minutes or so, and if they still feel hungry, then they can have a light snack (crunchy veggies, crackers, yogurt, etc.) to tide them over until the next meal.
What are your best tips for fighting "boredom" eating for yourself and your family?
Kellogg’s® believes that From Great Starts Come Great Things®. So we’re helping Moms start every day with a tip from the top athletes of Team Kellogg’s™ and Team USA dietitians. The thirty days leading up to the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games will each feature fun pieces of advice to help families fuel just like the athletes of Team Kellogg’s. To see all 30 tips, visit Kelloggs.com/GreatStartsTips.