When you're shopping, check the nutrition labels and look for foods that are low in calories per gram. These foods contain more water, which makes your brain keep them in the stomach longer while they're being digested.
Fiber-rich foods help prevent spikes and drops in your kids' blood-sugar levels and stimulate a hormone in your brain that makes you feel full. Try these fiber-filled favorites:
Avoid refined carbohydrates, such as rice, white bread and pasta, which can cause those pesky blood-sugar fluctuations that could make your kids hungry a couple of hours after eating.
Lean proteins are even more important than fiber-rich carbs in staying full longer. Make low-fat protein choices; excess saturated fat can actually trick your body into going into starvation red alert.
Skip the greasy sausage and bacon at breakfast and opt for turkey or chicken versions. Try an omelet with chicken chunks. For lunch, go with lean turkey, chicken breast or tuna instead of bologna.
If children eat nothing but sugary cereals for breakfast or get too much sugar in their lunchboxes, they'll probably be hungry (and distracted) during class. Sugar has the same effect as other refined carbohydrates: They cause peaks and valleys in blood-sugar levels, which make you hungry faster.
Given the option of finishing that healthy turkey sandwich or eating the chocolate snack cake, you know what kids will choose -- so instead of candy or sweets, pack dried or fresh fruit or yogurt. Avoid sugary drinks like juice packs and sodas. Opt instead for milk, water or sugar-free beverages.
A lot of the things you cook every morning for breakfast or already pack in your child's lunchbox are probably a great start. If you need more help, check out the recipes at ChefMom.
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