Healthy snacking is important for everyone – but it is especially important for growing teenagers! Teenagers bodies are physically going through plenty of changes and because of this they are feeling hungry more often and need more food to fuel their bodies. Snacking between meals can help you feel fuller longer and ensure we don’t overeat at meal times. Snacks should include 2 of the 4 food groups from Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide. Try these snacks at home with your teenagers today:
- Apple slices spread with peanut butter.
- Black bean dip with whole-grain crackers.
- Cut-up vegetables with low-fat ranch dressing.
- Hummus on a whole-wheat pita.
- Low-fat yogurt with a tablespoon of chopped walnuts.
- Oatmeal made with low-fat milk with strawberries.
- Peanut butter and banana sandwich on whole-grain bread. (Use half a banana and spread the peanut butter lightly)
- Serving of almonds and dried cranberries or blueberries.
- Trail mix (measure one serving – 1/4 cup).
Information adapted from: http://teens.webmd.com/features/healthy-snacks-for-teens
Kristin Hedges is a Registered Dietitian with the Kids Eat Smart Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador.