4 Ways to Satisfy Your Teenager’s Hunger

By Shannon Gurnee
In Food
September 1, 2017

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Nature Valley. All opinions are mine.

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Help! Ours teens are eating us out of house and home! This is a phrase that I’ve heard from many different people, but it wasn’t until we had teens of our own that I really came to understand what it means…and how true it is! In our home, we have 6 kid and 4 of them are teenagers who eat a LOT! Whether it’s eating meals, snacking or packing lunches to go, I’ve noticed the food disappearing faster and faster each day. So how in the heck do you as a parent satisfy your teenager’s hunger?

1 – Lots of water. While we do have sodas and juices, we also have a water filter on our fridge and water bottles as well in our home. While drinking water doesn’t completely diminish the hunger, it does help somewhat…and it’s good for our teens (and other family members)!

2 – Fresh Fruits and Vegetables. Our kids love it when I add fresh fruits and vegetables to our kitchen. Their favorites are bananas, strawberries, apples, grapes, carrots and broccoli. Not only do fresh fruit and vegetables help to satisfy their hunger, but they’re also good for their growing and changing bodies!

3 – Leftovers. When our kids come home from school, they hang up their backpacks by the front door and then head straight for the kitchen. I used to throw away leftovers a lot before, but lately, our teens have been loving to snack on leftovers. Not only does it help with keeping our refrigerator clean, but it prevents food from going to waste and fills them up.

4 – Granola Bars. Our kids love to snack on granola bars, but the regular sized ones just weren’t doing it! That’s when I discovered the Nature Valley XL Bars. They are delicious and big! Nature Valley XL Bars help to fuel our teens’ bodies and satisfy their hunger! Not only are they good as easy go-to snacks, but they’re also great for breakfast!

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You can find the Nature Valley XL Bars at Walmart, on the aisle with the granola bars. They are right next to the regular Nature Valley Bars. Since we love chocolate in our home, I went for the Nature Valley XL Protein Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Bars. They looked and sounded yummy!

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I love the size of the Nature Valley XL Bars! They’re seriously the perfect size for the teen in your home with the never-ending appetite! In fact, the Nature Valley XL Bars are 50% bigger than regular Nature Valley Bars!

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The Nature Valley XL Bars are available in the following varieties and flavors:

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Our teens love the taste and size of the Nature Valley XL Protein Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Bars! Not only are they delicious, but they are great for fueling our teens’ day and satisfying their hunger. They give them a thumbs up!

Have you tried the Nature Valley XL Granola Bars?
What is your favorite flavor?



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Shannon Gurnee is the author of Redhead Mom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

54 Responses to “4 Ways to Satisfy Your Teenager’s Hunger”

  1. robin rue says:

    Oh my god, you’re telling me. My oldest just turned 13 and all he does is EAT! I can’t keep up with this kid. I need to stock up on these bars!!

  2. We keep the peanut butter dark chocolate bars in the house at all times. All three of my kids are bottomless pits, and I tend to grab one of these bars if I”m headed out the door, too.

  3. Vera Sweeney says:

    These XL protein bars are awesome. I think we have every variety in our house right now. My two sons and my husband power these things down like nobody’s business.

  4. Lori Geurin says:

    You’re right. Teenagers DO eat a lot! I’m thinking I need to purchase some of these XL protein bars, and fast! The dark chocolate peanut butter flavor sounds especially delicious.

  5. I have never had the XL bars but I know my son eats a lot and he is only 12. Will see if he goes for this and they look so healthy.

  6. Gisele says:

    Kids need healthy food to snack on. Good advice, especially on leftovers. We waste too much food in the US.

  7. My oldest is only 4, but I have a heard enough time keeping her full now! Protein and lots of water seems to be a great option though. She likes to graze during the day.

  8. Liz Mays says:

    Those XL bars will definitely do the trick. My kids were always so hungry after getting home from school and practice.

  9. Meagan says:

    It’s so important to find good snacking options. I know my preteen is already eating a lot.

  10. Kristina says:

    Great tips! I don’t have teenagers yet but I swear my kids eat like them! They do love granola bars and they drink a lot of ice water too!

  11. Jeanine says:

    Good tips! Granola bars are great snacks to hold you over in between meals so you aren’t always snacking.

  12. Karen Morse says:

    Teens sure have an appetite and it’s tough not to have enough snacks for them to munch on at home. I think these are brilliant and healthy ideas to help satisfy their hunger.

  13. Joely Smith says:

    We love Nature Valley in our home but I have yet to buy and try the XL bars! They look excellent and packed with protein for those growing boys of yours!!

  14. Cindy says:

    I had girls so didn’t have the constant hunger problem. Great tips!

  15. Lisa Favre says:

    These granola bars look intense! Love the fact that they’re XL – you’re completely right… they’d be perfect for any teenager!

  16. I haven’t tried the XL bars but I need to. My son is 7 and has the appetite of a teenager!

  17. Cassie says:

    When I was a kid my mum rarely bought snack food for me but she did always keep granola bars – perfect after school snack!

  18. I have 2 boys in this age and it’s really important that I have enough food at home all the time otherwise, they’re going to eat the whole house down. Lol. I think these are awesome tips for fellow parents!

  19. ricci says:

    Forget the teenagers, I need these bars for myself! They would be perfect to take to work with me!!

  20. Dogvills says:

    Granola bars are yummy and filling. I make sure to stock up on this because they are one my kids’ favorite snacks.

  21. Growing kids are hungry all the time and it’s important that parents come up with a plan before they start eating everything that comes in their way. These tips will help any parent out!

  22. Claudia Krusch says:

    I have a teenager and boy can he eat a lot. Nature Valley XL Bars are a great snack and I like to add them to his school lunches. I always have fresh fruit and veggies out for him to snack on.

  23. Joyce Brewer says:

    Our boy isn’t a teenager yet, but he’s ravenous after school. We focus on the same things – water – finish your lunch – then we bring a healthy snack.

  24. MY daughter does seem to be eating more as she approaches the teen years. I need to keep stocked up on these kinds of things to keep her satisfied, thanks for the tips!

  25. Jenn says:

    My daughter is only 10 and ALWAYS hungry…even when she is just done eating, so I can only imagine what it would be like when she is a teenager!

  26. rich bivins says:

    Apple slices and Nutella seem to be the favorites at my home. Fortunately too, they drink more water than sugary drinks.

  27. reesa says:

    My son is only 9 and already he has some appetite! I need to try these tips with him!!

  28. Granola bars a go to for me.

  29. Marysa says:

    I haven’t tried the XL bars, but I would love to. I work in a greenhouse and I don’t stop for a lunch, so I end up working about 5-6 hours straight without a break. Basically I am eating on the go, and this would be perfect.

  30. Great ideas! I have two sons, and while they aren’t teens yet, I am dreading it. These are helpful tips to keep hunger away and prevent them from eating everything. I will have to grab some of those granola bars to help curb my own appetite!

  31. We discovered the XL bars a few weeks ago. We LOVE the nut and seeds bar. My husband has one in his lunch every day!

  32. My boys are tough to fill up most of the time even my 6-year-old. He will eat and I swear he is hungry again in an hour or so. I just try to keep protein snacks and healthy options for him to choose from.

  33. Tiffany says:

    I haven’t tried the XL bars yet. This would be perfect after my workout! I have to stock up on the peanut butter dark chocolate bars.

  34. Our Family World says:

    Teenage boys are like ravenous animals after coming home from school. I remember when my boys were that age! OMG. They eat like they’ve never been fed for a week! I am happy Nature Valley has XL granola bars. This would keep a tired and hungry teenager satisfied for a while.

  35. Natalie says:

    I seriously had a granola bar addiction as a teenager lol. They were definitely my snack of choice and I ate Nature Valley ones quite often.

  36. Mimi Green says:

    I need all the help and tips I can get. My 13-year-old is eating us out of house and home. He is growing like crazy and never seems to get full.

  37. Rachel says:

    We have just entered into the phase of unstoppable hunger in our house. I am trying to make sure she fills up on healthy stuff instead of junk.

  38. Chel says:

    I haven’t tried these, but I’m a fan of the brand and any salty + sweet combinations.

  39. Tami says:

    Only one of my kiddos will touch leftovers. Fortunately, we hardly ever have any.

  40. Aneta says:

    I have a 9 year old who is 5’4″ and 120 lbs, I know what it is like to always be feeding your kids. I will need to keep my eyes open to find these next time I am in the store

  41. Thanks so much for sharing these tips! Taking lots of water really works for my kids! They also love granola bars!

  42. Oh, yes … I remember those days – you couldn’t fill them up! But Nature Valley bars is a great nutritious way to try. I haven’t ever tried the XLs. I definitely will though!

  43. I prefer fresh fruit & veggies but of course, I carry granola bars everywhere for emergencies so you’re right to suggest these …

  44. Cynthia says:

    Oh, those teenager growth spurt and puberty years where no food seems to be able to satisfy the hunger… I find nuts especially healthy and filling. And yogurt too! Better yet, mix granola and fruits with the yogurt.

  45. Heather says:

    Great tips! My oldest daughter isn’t a teenager yet but she’s very active and always hungry! These granola bars look delicious.

  46. Jennifer says:

    I am SO glad we are passed that stage now. My older kids (who are 19 and 22 but still live at home) buy their own groceries. They used to eat me out of house and home!

  47. Juliette says:

    Haha, this is such a funny article but addresses a very real situation. I remember pretty much eating down the house in high school!

  48. My son is four years away from being a teenager, but he eats like one! Lol, I always keep some fresh fruits and granola bars around for him. Especially for when he comes back from school.

  49. Jenny says:

    Those look tasty and love that they have a lot of protein. Perfect for on the go or a little snack to curb hunger until dinner is ready.

  50. I feel you, mama. As the mother of five, I’ve had at least one teen in the house for eighteen years now, and the after-school hunger struggle is so real. These bars sound like a great option!

  51. Nicole says:

    These are really great tips! I find myself doing this with my toddler as well!!! I love the fresh fruits and veggies idea. My son has a fresh fruit or a fresh veggie with every meal, and it does seem to help him be full! I’ll have to try out the other ones too, thanks for sharing!

  52. I agree on everything you have listed. Water works for me since I try to lessen my food intake. And also the granola bar, can’t leave the house without it.

  53. krystal says:

    I do love their granola bars – chocolate chips are my favorite kind. Looks delicious!

  54. Blair villanueva says:

    These are good tips! And no to junk and fast foods.

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