Re: Toddler snacking
Before DS was a year old and I was still trying to figure out enzymes, I'd give him a snack of babyfood pears or bananas or fruit juice. Or once in a while a cracker or chip to gnaw on.
The doctors keep telling us not to worry about eating and weight. That toddlers are "Self regulating" and he'll eat what he needs to be eating. So I look at DS's grazing at "he's going thru a growth spurt and needs some extra calories". He's not a big snacker -- he pretty much knows the meal schedule, but if he's hungry, he's got his own snack cupboard where he can choose any number of things -- crackers, fruit snacks, canned fruit or applesauce.
He's not a big breakfast eater for us, so he gets carnation instant breakfast in the morning and then around 8 he eats breakfast at his daycare, then lunch at 11:30 and a snack at 2:30. Because we do his middle CPT and breathing treatment when we get home from work, I usually give him a package of fruit snacks in the car ride home and if he's on tobi he'll nibble on pretzels while nebbing.
On weekends, I let him graze 'cuz he still eats fairly well for his meals. And HIS idea of snacking is fresh fruit, applesauce, fresh veggies. Sometimes a few gummis or jelly beans. If given a choice for a snack -- ice cream, chocolate, cookies, honey nut cheerios -- he'll ask for a cup of applesauce and a glass of water every time. So in my situation, if DS specifically asks for something out of the ordinary for him -- something with more salt and calories, I figure his body is telling him he needs it.