Healthy Eating for Teenagers

4 Jan

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To encourage healthy eating among the teenage set, you have to master snacks. The term snack food probably conjures images of chips, cookies, and bite-size pizza treats, but a snack is, technically, just something to tide you over between meals. Although no teenager is likely to come home from school and lick his lips at the prospect of a steaming plate of broccoli, you can provide a variety of healthier snacks that your teen will go for. Here are some examples:

  • Veggie pizzas made with low-fat cheese
  • Soups and chili made with poultry breasts, ground turkey breast, and other low-fat meats
  •  Fat-free or low-fat ranch dressing with carrot and celery sticks, broccoli crowns, cherry tomatoes, and any other veggies he likes
  •  Grapes, apple chunks, orange sections, bananas, peaches, pears, plums, and any other fruits that appeal to him
  •  Dried raisins, dates, prunes, and any other dried fruit without added sugar
  •  Crackers low in fat and salt and high in fiber, rice or corn cakes, a non-trans-fat popcorn
  •  100 percent juice drinks
  •  Natural peanut butter on whole-wheat crackers, apples, or bananas
  •  String cheese and whole-grain RyKrisp crackers
  •  Low-fat or fat-free pudding cup or yogurt
  •  Trail mix
  • Low-fat ice cream sandwiches
  •  Frozen yogurt
  •  Low-fat chips and salsa
  •  Hummus and whole-wheat pita, cut into wedges
  •  Nuts or sunflower seeds
  •  Low-fat hot chocolate or latte
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