Smart Snacking

Let’s not leave our children behind in this food race to good health. Sometimes as adults we are so busy focusing on our own health concerns and weight loss goals that we are not as focused on the eating habits of our children, especially teens. Here are a few tips from an article I came across that I think will help you as you encourage your teens to choose healthy snacking:

  • The busier your teens are, the more they will need healthy snacking to fuel their bodies. As a matter of fact, during adolescence, a person’s body requires more nutrients to grow. By choosing healthy snacking, they are not only satisfying those hungry pains but their body is getting the nutrients and vitamins it needs.

  • But you need to pay attention to what you eat. Stuffing your face with a large order of fries after class may give you a temporary boost, but a snack this high in fat and calories will only slow you down in the long run.

  • To keep energy levels going — and avoid weight gain — steer clear of foods with lots of added sugars like candy bars or soda. Look for foods that contain fiber like whole-grain breads, cereals, fruit, and vegetables and combine them with protein-rich snacks such as peanut butter or low-fat yogurt or cheese.

Judging Whether Snacks Are Healthy

Choosing healthy snacks means shopping smart. Be cautious of the health claims on food packages. Here are some things to watch