Losing while cooking for teenage boys?

Can it be done? They cook for themselves too. But the meals we prepare have to be high caloric and nutritious for sports

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  • quiksylver296
    quiksylver296 Posts: 28,308 Member
    I only have one teen-aged boy, but I know what you are talking about. At my house, we have completely different breakfasts and lunches. Breakfast, I have greek yogurt or eggs, he has pop-tarts and a protein shake/bar. Lunch, I have salad or leftovers, he has Hot Pockets and a salad. Dinner, we usually have the same meal, but he has a much larger serving, with extra carbs or cheese or whatever.

    I don't worry about allowing him "junk" as he is so active he needs the extra carbs and calories. However, I buy him "junk" that I don't like so I won't find myself sneaking into it.
  • elisa123gal
    elisa123gal Posts: 4,152 Member
    Put yourself first... do one of two things.. Make food you can eat for them too and don't call it diet food and they very well may like it. Or.. you could make your own food first..then make them something you know they'll like. Just don't get lost in putting them first and before you know it... it will be ten years before you get around to yourself. :)
  • snowflake954
    snowflake954 Posts: 7,557 Member
    Sure you can--I have for years. You do them, and you do you. Sometimes I have a little of what they're having. I cook two big meals a day for 4-6 people. It just takes a little planning and then becomes second nature.
  • VeryKatie
    VeryKatie Posts: 5,877 Member
    edited May 2020
    Eat smaller portions.
    I have toddlers who also need high fat food. I do thinks like make the recipe, and everyone else at the table stirs on cheese on the plate and I have mine without cheese. Most things I just eat less than other people. Luckily fat is filling so I feel fine. In the end, this is how I will be cooking for the next 17 years so this is my lifestyle. I make it work.
  • Duck_Puddle
    Duck_Puddle Posts: 3,227 Member
    I only have one teen-aged boy, but I know what you are talking about. At my house, we have completely different breakfasts and lunches. Breakfast, I have greek yogurt or eggs, he has pop-tarts and a protein shake/bar. Lunch, I have salad or leftovers, he has Hot Pockets and a salad. Dinner, we usually have the same meal, but he has a much larger serving, with extra carbs or cheese or whatever.

    I don't worry about allowing him "junk" as he is so active he needs the extra carbs and calories. However, I buy him "junk" that I don't like so I won't find myself sneaking into it.

    A lot of this.

    My son is now grown and lives on his own with his family, but I remember his teenage appetite. He is 6’4” and weighs 145 pounds (yes, very underweight but incredibly active).

    I remember one time I was weighing my lettuce for a salad and he was making himself 6 peanut butter and butter sandwiches (gross-but he loves them) as a snack. Before his box of Mac & cheese snack. Before his box of cereal snack. Before he asked what was for dinner.

    It really took every ounce of motherly love to not stab him with my salad fork (I am KIDDING-in case anyone doesn’t realize that).

    Breakfast and lunch were always different for me vs whatever he was eating. Dinner was whatever it was - he had larger portions. He supplemented with lots of snacks - some people would consider some of his snacks to be full meals. But we’ve spent most of his life trying to get him to gain weight so he’s free to enjoy whatever he likes (which includes a lot of fruits and “healthy” things).
  • Numer1ca
    Numer1ca Posts: 246 Member
    We appear different things as well. Plus I have a beans and rice dish always available for him.
  • joyanna2016
    joyanna2016 Posts: 324 Member
    I have 4 boys (17,15,11,10) and a husband who eats like a teenager too and we go through A LOT of groceries! Especially since this quarantine all I do is cook, cook, cook! I try to keep precooked veggies or cut up raw veggies ready and available to add to my meal so I dont make a bad choice at the last minute. I usually premeasure them in individual bowls so I can just grab one quickly to supplement a smaller portion of whatever I've made for them. Unless of course I just want something totally different because its a better "value" for the calories I'm working with for that day. You've just got to figure out how to take care of yourself while your taking care of them...something us moms are guilty of not doing too often!