‘Pie hole’, colloquial for one’s mouth, is believed to have evolved in the USA in the 1980s from the British expression ‘cake hole’ (coined in the mid 20th century). Pie hole refers to a mouth, as in: Shut your pie hole or, in this case: Put less in your pie hole.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

We Came, We Snacked, We Conquered: A Big Day Out

In the first "We Came, We Snacked, We Conquered" we learned the back-story of snacks: small portions eaten between meals, can be nutritious, can be rubbish... yadda yadda yadda. We've covered snack ideas for work, now let's discuss snacks for a big day out (not to be confused with vacations, that's another article).

Whether you choose to buy lunch or BYO, it's definitely a good idea to plan ahead and pack your own snacks.

Some ideas include:
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Fruit 
    • Smoosh-resistant options include: grapes, apples, oranges, cherries, etc
  • Pre cut veggies 
    • Eg: carrots, capsicum, sugar snap peas, cucumber, celery, etc
  • Nuts (unsalted)
  • Trail mix (make & mix your own; store bought mixes contain oil coatings, preservatives and often poor quality chocolate) 
    • Mix your choice of unsalted nuts, your favourite dried fruit(s), dark mini chocolate chips
  • String cheese
  • Homemade granola or homemade granola bars. Some recipes from fellow dietitians:
I already hear people saying "my kids won't eat that". Well, it is the parent's job to supply nutritious food for their kids to eat. It is the child's job to decide how much and if they will eat. If your child doesn't want to eat the snacks on offer, that's their choice. Stand firm, lead by example and enjoy the food you've prepared. Your child won't die of starvation.

Some final tips:
  • Rather than refer to your snacks as 'healthy snacks', just refer to them as snacks
  • When parents provide, eat and enjoy nutritious foods, this becomes the norm: Your kids follow your example. If you don't eat vegetables or dairy, your child won't want to either. 'Do as I do' is better than 'do as I say'
  • Plan ahead. Know how many meals you will be out for. Eg: a trip to the local park will probably see you home for dinner vs a day at Disneyland that will see you out from 8am to 11pm).
    • Think which meal you'd like to buy and bring the other meal from home
    • If there's a special snack you can only get at your destination, get it and enjoy it! Pack snacks for other points in the day
The key is moderation. Enjoy the meal or snack you buy at your destination, and supplement your pie hole throughout the day with snacks from home. It'll save you money, calories and set a good example for those pint-sized pie holes.

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