My kids are grazers

My kids are grazers. They like to eat little meals throughout the day. My husband sets up these little ‘mezze’ style meals where he will make a plate for each of them with a variety of foods.

Here’s an example of one of the more popular plates:

Crackers
Cheese
Sliced cucumbers
Sliced kohlrabi
Halved tomatoes
Baby carrots
Sliced turkey sausage or pepperoni

Of course they don’t need a fork to eat this glorious ‘snack’ but they most definitely NEED a toothpick – it’s like they’re at a cocktail party without the booze. Sometimes he will make sandwiches and cut them into mini pieces with cucumber and celery on the side. This is also a big hit. Crusts and all.

They love it. They love looking at a plate with different foods on it (not touching of course) and they feel like they are snacking, not having an actual meal. Because sitting down to actually eat a meal labeled as Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner is a disaster in this house.

They have ants in their pants. They can’t sit still long enough to eat a ‘meal’. But if you make their meal look like little snacks they’re all over it. Like a bad rash.

Last night we had a ‘normal’ dinner. Well my husband and I did. The kids didn’t eat much, especially my 5yo. This is what happened at bedtime:

5yo: “Mommy!”

Me: “Yes? You’re supposed to be sleeping.”

5yo: “I have something to tell you and you’re not going to like it.”

Then – with the most serious face on the planet – he says,

“This is going to be a problem.”

At this point I’m thinking that something happened at school and that he needs a one on one conversation with me. I’m a little worried, but how wonderful that he wants to share an experience with me! It’s so important to keep the communication lines open.

“Mommy <dramatic pause> I’m hungry…”



  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=796600580 Lisa Plante

    My 3 year old is a grazer too! It takes her a few hours to eat her “breakfast” and it usually goes into “lunch”. We try to sit down for “supper” but it usually ends up by me feeding her because she doesn’t want to sit still long enough.

    I have found that with this method she actually eats very well. She eats a ton of fruit and veggies and nuts. The only difficulty I have is trying to get her to drink more water.

    Glad to hear I’m not the only one that has a “grazer”!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=796600580 Lisa Plante

    My 3 year old is a grazer too! It takes her a few hours to eat her “breakfast” and it usually goes into “lunch”. We try to sit down for “supper” but it usually ends up by me feeding her because she doesn’t want to sit still long enough.

    I have found that with this method she actually eats very well. She eats a ton of fruit and veggies and nuts. The only difficulty I have is trying to get her to drink more water.

    Glad to hear I’m not the only one that has a “grazer”!





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