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#1 of 15 Old 11-06-2007, 05:36 PM - Thread Starter
 
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My four year old twins are suddenly hungry ALL the time lately. No joke. For the last couple months, it doesn't matter if they just ate a meal, within 20 minutes they're complaining of being hungry. They prefer to graze, which they don't have the option of doing in the morning as dh takes them to preschool. I think I'm going to buy a 6 cup muffin tin for each boy and fill with their own little snacks to put out on the table for them to eat whenever.

Our eating habits have been less than great the last several months and I want to get back in to healthier things.

Currently, I slice up apples, carrot sticks w/ranch dressing (but this is like one carrot stick at a time because they're learning to like them...more than one is overwhelming), harvest whole wheat crackers (like triscuits). I'm also going to start making muffins more regularly again so I can include that.

What other things are there that are quick (little prep work or cooking) and healthy and kid friendly?
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my 4 yo and my 16 mo both love hummus. I serve it to them with veggies for dipping and also with pita triangles for dipping. My 4 yo also loves grapes, cherry tomatoes, most any fruit, cheese if you aren't vegan, raisins. She also loves to snack on those smooshed fruit strip things (kind of like fruit roll ups, but they are 100% smooshed fruit.....fruitabu is the brand we buy). In the summer she also snacks on cucumbers a lot. And, she loves to make and drink smoothies, plus they are very filling and you can sneak lots of things in them!!!
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If we don't want our son complaining about being hungry in an hour he really needs protein. So, I'd suggest nuts, cubed tofu, edamame, nut butters, bean dips like hummus or black bean dip.
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Snack trays are a fav around here w/ my almost 4 yo. Some of the things we like to put in them are fruit, cheese, crackers, cereal pieces, pb & j cut into 4 or 6 pieces, carrots, nuts, tofu chunks, cucumber slices. There is a great thread I can try to dig up about snack trays, if you like, though it isn't veg*n.

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Snack trays are a fav around here w/ my almost 4 yo. Some of the things we like to put in them are fruit, cheese, crackers, cereal pieces, pb & j cut into 4 or 6 pieces, carrots, nuts, tofu chunks, cucumber slices. There is a great thread I can try to dig up about snack trays, if you like, though it isn't veg*n.
PB&J...that's a good idea! Yeah, if you could dig up the thread, that would be great. Thanks!
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We're not 100% vegan, but fairly close. My 4-year-old loves chickpeas straight from the can, edamame, and dried cranberries (warning, fairly high in sugar). We also had a vegan string cheese that was pretty good, I'll see if I can Google for the brand.
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PB&J...that's a good idea! Yeah, if you could dig up the thread, that would be great. Thanks!
here it is

I just realized that post 172 has a maste list to that point

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Quick breads -- like pumpkin bread, banana bread, etc.? My kids love these, and the 4yo DS loves to help me make them.

Smoothies/popsicles

You'll get lots of good ideas from the snack tray thread.
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I roast canned chickpeas with a little tamari, lemon juice, and olive oil. I got the idea from E,D,&beV. My son looooves them and calls them "snackable beans." Clementines are good too. My kiddos can peel them all by themselves.
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my 4 yo and my 16 mo both love hummus. I serve it to them with veggies for dipping and also with pita triangles for dipping. My 4 yo also loves grapes, cherry tomatoes, most any fruit, cheese if you aren't vegan, raisins. She also loves to snack on those smooshed fruit strip things (kind of like fruit roll ups, but they are 100% smooshed fruit.....fruitabu is the brand we buy). In the summer she also snacks on cucumbers a lot. And, she loves to make and drink smoothies, plus they are very filling and you can sneak lots of things in them!!!
LOL my one year old is gaga over hummus and pita triangles! Oddly enough he also loves to snack on pomegranate seeds, sunflower seeds, and beans lol
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I found just pomegranate seeds at Trader Joe's last time I went. That would be a quick snack though a little expensive.
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I found just pomegranate seeds at Trader Joe's last time I went. That would be a quick snack though a little expensive.
How much are they there? My son loves poms, but I always have to do the seeding myself and my kitchen ends up looking like a murder scene. I wonder if it's around the same price or cheaper to just get it deseeded. I pay $2.50 per pom (on sale) at bi-lo
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My kids are loving Just Tomatoes products (freeze dried fruits and veggies) ..They have loved pomagranates, fruit salad, bananas, and apples!
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I take a very very ripe plaintain, peel and slice it lengthwise and cook in on medium-low heat in coconut oil (butter works too). The plaintain when ripe and cooked is sweet, yummy and very filling. My 4 year old and 15 month old toddler both like plaintain as breakfast or snack.
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I use my 4 year old as leftover cleanup. Mean isn't it?

seriously, he's constantly hungry and will eat anything so whether it's cold baked potatoes or leftover green beans he's happy to eat and I'm happy for him to.
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