Snack time after school

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Snack time after school

Postby EstherTan » Tue Apr 13, 2010 3:30 pm

What do you guys feed your kids after school? My girl attends preschool now, and I generally get her from school at about 530pm. It's that tricky time when she's hungry (always asks for food on the way home), that's neither teatime nor dinner.

What I've done the past few months is actually to provide her with bread or little muffins/ cakes, but am looking for alternatives to those. One issue I have to deal with is that she generally needs to eat on the way home. This system so far results in her eating dinner at about 730pm, with her night time milk at 9pm.

I've found some interesting blogs that had recipes, but am looking for something that I can pack and feed along the way.

Thanks!

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Postby minnie2004 » Tue Apr 13, 2010 4:10 pm

You can give her some fruits as fruits are best consumed before rather than after meals. If she likes bananas, it's convenient to pack and feed her on the way back from school.

My kids get back home at around 3:15pm and I always give them fruits like grapes, apples, pears, oranges and sometimes yogurt with fresh strawberries/blueberries. If they're still hungry, then I'll give them some biscuits or cakes as our dinner time is usually 7pm.

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Postby tankee » Tue Apr 13, 2010 5:29 pm

is it ok to eat banana on empty stomach? :?

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Postby LKVM » Tue Apr 13, 2010 5:31 pm

tankee wrote:is it ok to eat banana on empty stomach? :?


why not? I thought only oranges or the ones which are acidity shouldnt be eaten on empty stomach :?

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Postby LKVM » Tue Apr 13, 2010 5:35 pm

Something on banana from net

Never, put banana in the refrigerator! !!
This is interesting.
After reading this, you'll never look at a banana in the same way again .

Bananas contain three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.

Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes.

But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit.

It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.


Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

PMS: Forget the pills - eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.


Anemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

Hangovers: One of the quickest
ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.

Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.
Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and crisps. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.
Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a "cooling" fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand, for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.

Smoking & Tobacco Use: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassiu! m and ma gnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body's water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.

Strokes: According to research in "The New England Journal of Medicine, 'eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!

Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!

So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, "A banana a day keeps the doctor away!"

Want a quick shine on our shoes?? Take the INSIDE of the banana skin, and rub directly on the shoe...polish with dry cloth. Amazing fruit.

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Postby tankee » Tue Apr 13, 2010 5:38 pm

lovekidsverymuch wrote:....Want a quick shine on our shoes?? Take the INSIDE of the banana skin, and rub directly on the shoe...polish with dry cloth. Amazing fruit.


ants agree too ... :celebrate:

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Postby LKVM » Tue Apr 13, 2010 5:38 pm

tankee wrote:
lovekidsverymuch wrote:....Want a quick shine on our shoes?? Take the INSIDE of the banana skin, and rub directly on the shoe...polish with dry cloth. Amazing fruit.


ants agree too ... :celebrate:


hahahaha :celebrate:

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Postby tankee » Tue Apr 13, 2010 5:39 pm

lovekidsverymuch wrote:
tankee wrote:is it ok to eat banana on empty stomach? :?


why not? I thought only oranges or the ones which are acidity shouldnt be eaten on empty stomach :?



That's what my mom told me when I was young. Something about the laxative nature of it. perhaps it is just a myth.

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Postby EstherTan » Wed Apr 14, 2010 10:20 am

lovekidsverymuch wrote:
tankee wrote:is it ok to eat banana on empty stomach? :?


why not? I thought only oranges or the ones which are acidity shouldnt be eaten on empty stomach :?


I think it should be OK, I often take bananas myself when I don't have time for a meal. My girl takes bananas and apples quite frequently (we call her the apple monster) and it does seem to help her shift her bowels.

I think I also heard some people say before that banana (is it the potassium content?) that helps the body absorb other vitamins and minerals a lot better.

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Postby blueblue » Wed Apr 14, 2010 10:32 am

There are so many different types of bananas. Does all of all hv the same properties? What abt those Del Monte type? Luv to eat it but heard it is not very good. Is there any truth in in?

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