Empowering Through Healthy Snacks
TBRI® teaches us that kids do better emotionally when their blood sugar is stable. That seems to be pretty common sense, right? As an adult, if I haven’t had something to eat in the past few hours, my attention starts…to…wane…
….And I’m back! With a granola bar. Crisis averted!
Feeding ourselves and kiddos every two hours sure does sound tedious, and adults have all sorts of fears about what all of this extra food might do. Increased grocery budget? Kids eating us out of house and home? Kids gaining too much weight too quickly?
Keep in mind that unlimited access to healthy food may prove all of these fears correct in the beginning. However, once kids have a sense of felt safety and they have tested that food will always be available, their crisis is also averted.
Here are some suggestions of snacks to keep around that fall on the low glycemic index and help to stabilize blood sugar:
– An apple with a slice of sharp cheddar cheese or spoonful of almond butter
– Baby carrots dipped in hummus or low fat sour cream
– A handful of almonds or walnuts
– Yogurt with berries
– Edamame with a little bit of salt
– Dried apricots and raw almonds
– Hard boiled eggs (Kids are weird about hard-boiled eggs, I get it. Coworkers are also weird about hard boiled eggs. You have to embrace hard boiled eggs without shame).
– Air-popped popcorn
Practice having some new snack ideas in your home next week!
What is TBRI®?
TBRI® is an attachment-based, trauma-informed intervention that is designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children. TBRI® uses Empowering Principles to address physical needs, Connecting Principles for attachment needs, and Correcting Principles to disarm fear-based behaviors. While the intervention is based on years of attachment, sensory processing, and neuroscience research, the heartbeat of TBRI® is connection.
TBRI® is designed for children from “hard places” such as abuse, neglect, and/or trauma. Because of their histories, it is often difficult for these children to trust the loving adults in their lives, which often results in perplexing behaviors. TBRI® offers practical tools for parents, caregivers, teachers, or anyone who works with children, to see the “whole child” in their care and help that child reach his highest potential.
Want to know more? Visit TCU’s Institute of Child Developmenthttp://child.tcu.edu/.