Teens require additional nutrients because they are going through an intensive growth and maturation period. Iron and calcium are especially important.. Low-fat milk is a great source of calcium for adolescents, and fortified milk is a good substitute for those that are dairy-free. They also need a diet that’s high in fiber, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, seed, nuts, and healthy lean protein! Many teens need three meals per day with snacks, depending upon individual activity level, height, age, and sex. Sadly the calorie choices don’t always create the healthy bodies teens need!
Allowed Calorie Budget vs. Reality
Males ages 12– to 19–years-old consumed 442 calories per day from added sugar (17.5 % kcals for the day), and females consumed 314 added-sugar-calories (16.6% kcals for the day). Most of the added sugars consumed-around 59%-come from foods, but at 41% beverages aren’t far behind. Guess what parents? Surprisingly, more of the added sugar are consumed at home rather than outside the home. In fact, about 65% of total sugar calories were consumed at home. So help teens create an environment that makes health easily achieved by bringing the right foods into the house and showing teens how to make the best choices. Don’t try lecturing teens to talk sense into them, instead keep it short and keep it positive. To get more facts on sugar, visit CDC.gov – our tax dollars at work!
8 Ways for Teens to cut down on sugar!
When talking to your kids about cutting back on sugar, focus on healthy eating and physical activity, not on “dieting.” Focusing too much on weight can increase the risk of developing a distorted body image or an eating disorder. Roughly 70%-80% of girls perceive themselves to be too fat. Encourage your kids to eat right so they can feel their best inside and out. Talk about all of the healthy and delicious options your teens can eat instead of focusing on what to cut out. Make sure to share in a family meal with your teen at least twice a week and
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