Adolescence is a time of increased nutrient needs. During the adolescent phase, there are many changes in his/her body - changes occur in hormones, skin, height, weight, etc.
It is the time to inculcate food and exercise habits which ensure good health forever. Adolescents as being exposed to periodic food fads and slimming trends, tend to skip meals and develop irregular eating habits. Hanging around with friends, frequent visit to the fast food outlets and snacking can lead to excessive intake of fat, sugar and calories and insufficient intake of important vitamins and minerals.
Some healthy eating tips for adolescents:
• Do not skip meals.
• Have 3 meals a day, with healthy snacks.
• Eat a wide variety of foods.
• Drink lots of water.
• Have balanced meals.
• When cooking, try to bake, grill or broil instead of frying.
• Have fruits and vegetables as a snack.
• Avoid smoking and drinking.
• Be physically active.
• Avoid foods rich in fat and sugar.
• Avoid reading, watching TV, playing games etc during the meal time.
Adolescents should have fresh fruits and vegetables on hand to hold hunger off after school. They should be encouraged to participate in sports and recreational activities or at least to replace daily screen time with walking or joining their friends in physical activity. By following such steps, they can make their routine and lifestyle healthier.