Overview: Boys eat a lot! If you feel like your grocery budget is on par with the national defense budget, then check out these 6 healthy tips to curb appetites.
Boys eat a lot. It’s a simple truth that parents of boys are quite familiar with. And the older they get, the more they eat.
My sons are 16 and 17 (18 in less than two weeks – yikes) and they are extremely tall for their age. My 16-year-old is 6’5″ and my almost 18-year-old is 6’6″. They’ve been hearty eaters since the day they were born. And they’ve been growing at a rapid rate so their bodies require a lot of food.
Sometimes, it feels like we’re going to have to take out a second mortgage on the house to be able to pay the grocery bill!
Fortunately, there are some things I’ve found which help to satisfy their appetites before they eat us out of house and home.
Here are 6 Healthy Ways to Curb Appetites:
1 – A Hearty Breakfast
A bowl of cereal won’t cut it. Feed them foods which are high in protein such as eggs, sausage, and bacon. Oatmeal is also a great stick-to-your-ribs choice. Protein will make your boys feel full longer. It will also help to wake them up unlike eating carbs would make them sleepy. This is a significant side benefit when you’re wanting them to do their schoolwork in the morning.
2 – Plenty of Protein
When your boys ask for a snack, try to provide foods which will satisfy for long periods of time. Cheese and crackers would be a better option than chips. Yogurt with granola or peanut butter and apple slices are also great choices. Our boys’ brains need plenty of fat so don’t buy them low-fat varieties of food. Don’t be afraid of giving them real butter, whole milk, and plenty of mayonnaise.
3 – Drink water before eating
Sometimes we feel hungry when we’re actually thirsty. Encourage your sons to drink plenty of water. Try to get them to drink a glass of water before they eat any food. This will help to fill their stomachs and make them feel more satisfied.
4 – Fiber
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends between 20 and 35 grams of fiber per day. Most Americans don’t have as much fiber as they should in their diet. Some great boy-friendly foods which are high in fiber are:
- Corn and popcorn
- Whole wheat pasta
- Whole wheat bread
- Pears with the skin
- Apples with the skin
If you think your son isn’t consuming enough fiber, try adding a fiber supplement to his diet. My oldest son has been taking Citrucel Caplets after breakfast and it has been extremely beneficial for his digestive health. This has also helped him to require less snacks in the morning.
5 – Whole grains
Slowly replace the white bread, pasta, and rice in your family’s diet with whole grains. These are not only healthier options but they will make everyone feel full longer.
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6 – Fruits and vegetables
Try to incorporate more fruits and veggies into your son’s diet. Have him eat a salad or a broth based soup before his meal. Give him raw carrots to gnaw on while he’s doing his schoolwork. Serve the whole fruit or vegetable rather than just the juice. Raw or frozen are preferable over canned. Keep the skin on the fruit if your son will tolerate it.
Let’s face it. Our boys are going to eat and they’re going to eat a lot. Armed with this knowledge, however, we be able to get their eating down to a more reasonable level. Eating in this manner will also help to curb some of the mindless eating, which isn’t good for their bodies or for our grocery budgets.
Question: Have you discovered any other ways to help curb your son’s appetite? Do you struggle with this issue? Please leave a comment below.