FILLING THE BOTTOMLESS PIT

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Sustaining your teens appetite may seem like a daunting task at times, especially if your teen is pretty active. We could generalise and say teen boys are more likely to be the biggest eaters in the house however, teen girls have high requirements for nutrients such as iron and will also need to eat frequent, nutritious meals and snacks to remain healthy.

How do we ensure our teens are eating enough?

  • Put in place a regular breakfast routine and make sure there is some sort of fruit or vegetable served at breakfast time.
  • Encourage your teen to take leftover meat and vegetables in their lunches the following day with a good carbohydrate source such as a wholemeal pita or wrap. Eating protein at lunch will help sustain your teen throughout the afternoon.
  • Make sure to have heathy snacks on hand that your teen can grab and go. Pre-cut vegetables with hummus, fruit, baked potatoes with mince or even leftover stir-fry in snack-size containers are great options to have in the fridge.
  • Educate yourself and your teen on healthy portion sizes so you know they’re consistently eating enough, and not too much.

What nutrients are important for teens?

  • Iron
  • Calcium

Eating from each of the four food groups will help your teen meet their daily nutrient needs.

Lean red meat like beef and lamb are good sources of iron, zinc and protein. During the teenage years, rapid growth and development takes place. It’s important to include lots of healthy foods each day to help meet the increased demands.

 

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