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Post by Kristy lee 5th September 2011, 5:19 am

Okay so i'd love some more ideas on how to fill up growing boys well without it costing too much

My son has grown about 1 1/2 inches in just over a month and is constantly starving.
Yesterday after a big BBQ he ate 4 salad rolls with chicken on them for a snack Shocked Still had 2 dinners also.

To take him anywhere the way he carries on you'd think he hadn't been eating nearly every 5 minutes.

I should mention he's only 8 and very sporty. He's almost 5ft tall

Any ideas will be well appreciated
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Post by MrsC 5th September 2011, 10:58 am

Hmmm - I don't have boys, but do have a very hungry husband (who acts like an eight year old most of the time!)

I find that things with lots of beans in fills him up lots. So huge chilli with kidney beans and rice. Same for big curry style dishes with beans in. We also do a nice mince style dish with baked bean and black treacle in which goes well with a baked potato and is filling.

Billy - may have some ideas too.

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Post by Jaded Green 5th September 2011, 11:25 am

Yes lots of baked beans or any beans sounds a good idea for filling him up as they are protein and cheap!
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Post by mr_sfstk8d 5th September 2011, 3:14 pm

Don't forget potatoes. My Mum (mother of 5, youngest of 12 herself) has always said that after 3, it's just another potatoe in the pot.

But anyway, any stew can be stretched and filled out with potato, or dishes served over them boiled aside, as you would over rice or noodles.

Also, whole grains are a must, barley soup, whole weat breads, etc. Not only do those stay in the system longer (not trying to be gross) thus fuller longer, but the finest benefit is the nutritional gains.
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Post by Jaded Green 5th September 2011, 5:20 pm

Yes, the combination of grans and pulses is very beneficial - I can't quite remember why, but I think it is something to do with absorbing the protein in the pules more effectively if you eat bread, rice or pasta with it.

And we all love jacket potatoes with baked beans and grated cheese (which is completely NOT how I described a balanced meal above, but what the heck, it fills you up and is nourishing!)
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Post by queen of string 5th September 2011, 7:05 pm

I have a list on the front of the fridge to remind our 3 teens that there are more snacks than they tend to think of. The list includes the usual suspects of biscuits and fruit, but also other things they tend to forget to make, like a baked potato or a boiled egg or a bowl of cereal. It is a mix of healthy and less healthy things and sometimes helps them to think a bit more creatively than just grabbing the nearest thing. It also has a reminder that sliced meat and wrapped biscuit bars are for lunches only.
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Post by Kristy lee 7th September 2011, 5:25 am

queen of string wrote:I have a list on the front of the fridge to remind our 3 teens that there are more snacks than they tend to think of. .

What a great idea i should sure try that.

Thanx for the tips everyone, being a single mum sure gets tough in some moments. I just don't hv that understanding of "needing" to eat everything in sight Laughing Laughing
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Post by Jaded Green 7th September 2011, 10:28 am

Miss JG eats vast quantities of cereal at any time fo day.

I read somewhere that if you eat eggs you feel fuller for longer. This was dieting advice, but could work for hungry growing lads!
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Post by mr_sfstk8d 7th September 2011, 1:35 pm

I'm sure it works on the same effect though, the eggs being high in protein. And protein takes quite some time for the system to process.
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