Snacking After Dark #greatstarts

I have a family of snackers, especially at night. I don’t know what it is about bedtime that suddenly makes children think they are starving to death. I’m sure you’re all too familiar with the old “I’m hungry” and “I need a drink of water” bedtime stalling ploys. It never fails that one of my grandchildren is hungry at bedtime. Most likely it’s an avoidance tactic, but I would not feel right sending anyone to bed on an empty stomach. So, having a bowl of cereal at night has become part of my family’s normal bedtime routine.

Snacking After Dark

If you have a a child with the gift of avoidance, bedtime might look something like this… shower and pajamas, homework and backpack check, brush teeth, story time, late night snack, brush teeth again, drink of water, go potty, go to bed, another drink of water, potty again, and finally lights out.

Sound familiar?

When it comes to snacking after dark, sugary snacks are off limits at my house, so a bowl of cereal is a good and quick option for us. Plus, people tend to fall asleep better with a full stomach.

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Does your family snack after dark?

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  1. Helene Cohen Bludman says

    I do love to snack on cereal, whether it is in the evening or really any time of day for a quick pick me up.

  2. says

    I love cereal for breakfast but I eat it dry (like chips) as a snack. My husband never eats cereal for breakfast but always has a bowl before bed at night.

  3. Sherri says

    I have found that the later I stay up, the more I tend to snack. So one of my healthy choices is going to to start going to bed a lot earlier… :)

  4. says

    I didn’t know people fell asleep better with a full stomach, but I guess that makes perfect sense (I’m thinking of everyone being tired after a Thanksgiving meal). Cereal is a great snack!

  5. says

    My kids always ask for something to eat before bed and it drives me crazy. If it isn’t too late, I’ll let them have something (if they finished all their dinner) but I’ve never considered cereal. We always have Special K in the house!

  6. says

    I guess once in a while we do, but not often I don’t think. I’ve seen my husband go for a bowl of cereal when he’s hungry after dinner or something like that before but not too often. :)

  7. says

    I don’t know what it is but I’m pretty bad with my snacking at night too. Seems the adults tend to snack more than the kids at our house. My husband also goes for the cereals too, which is probably the reason he doesn’t have heart issues like I do! :)

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