Updated: Jun 13, 2020
We’ve all been there. It’s 5pm - you are hungry and the kids are tucking into something covered in breadcrumbs. You’ve been good all day and eaten well but the smallest child has left food and you just can’t resist it. “Better to eat it than waste food” you say to yourself!
Well “yes” and “no”!
Here are my top tips to surviving tea time.
It’s important to realise that at 5pm (ish) it’s likely that your body NEEDS some more fuel (especially if you are doing an evening workout) so having a snack at this time is a good idea. This prevents your blood sugar dipping too low - making you feel tired and low on energy. The important thing is WHAT to eat.
Top tip 1: Make a big plate of veggies - and if you have time, a dip to go with it.
This is ideal both for your little ones to try a wide range of new vegetables and it’s a low calorie and nutrient dense snack for you. Kids are much more likely to embrace new veggies if they see you eating them. Most vegetables can be eaten raw which makes this a very easy hack! Try cucumber, peppers, radishes, carrots, cauliflower, mange tout, broccoli - the list is endless!
If you find your children still don’t wolf down the veg then try putting the plate of veg out before the main meal is ready - hungry children and much more adventurous when the options are limited 😉😁
Top Tip 2: if your children have had a hot lunch then a lovely homemade soup is probably enough (I add cheese on toast if they seem very hungry) this is a great opportunity to get some serious goodness into both you and them. Roast up a range of vegetables and blitz up with some stock for a very healthy and low calorie snack for you and them!
Top Tip 3: think about portion sizes. Children’s stomachs are small - it’s so easy to make huge portions making it hard to resist polishing off the leftovers. Make less and remember it’s you kids food not yours!