Healthy Snacks for Your Teens
By Emily McCausland
The teenage years are some of the toughest we have to go through with the life changes and concerns encountered through this difficult time. There are ways that we can make this period a little easier.
Teenagers are not always concerned with how healthy their food is, especially when it comes to their snacks choices. It is easier during or following a busy day at school to reach for a chocolate bar or a bag of crisps. Swamped with images of foods high in saturated fat and calories, teenagers are often unaware of the right choices to make to give themselves the best chance of leading a healthy lifestyle.
If you find that your teenagers reach for the chocolate and crisps before the fruit bowl on their return home? Then why not try some healthy food swaps!
Wholemeal (wholewheat) all the way! Swap your white bread and pasta for the wholemeal versions. They are just as tasty, contain lots of fibre and have less calories and carbohydrates on average per portion than the white versions!
Make food fun and easy to eat
No matter how old we are, we are more likely to eat food if it looks good, tastes great and is fun to consume. Here are some recipe ideas that are quick to make, easy to eat and can easily be used in the family lunchboxes or for evening snacks.
Sticks ‘n Dips
Replace those fat filled crisps with a carrot cut into sticks, and dip into a healthy pot of houmous or light cream cheese. This snack idea ensures that your teens are getting at least one of their vegetables/fruit 5 a day, and as carrots contain lots of vitamin C, that their immune health is equipped to fight off illness and disease.
Fruit kebabs offer a great way to gain all our 5 a day, and are easy to make! Simply chop up our favourite fruits then place on a kebab skewer and pop in to your lunchbox. Make sure you make them as colorful as possible.
This snack is puts a stop to those sugar cravings that we often have to battle with during the day, so will reduce the amount of foods consumed that are high in fat and calories.
Also, you can help support the body with natural supplements like Cell Food, to ensure that our teenagers have the best chance of succeeding in their lives by achieving a healthy balanced diet.