Though it may seem like your teen wants to fend for him/herself, it's important to remember that you are still the primary caretaker and remain highly influential when it comes to their food and nutrition.
The key to influencing your teen is to make healthy habits cool. Fortunately, we are in the midst of a widespread wellness movement. Clean eating, local and sustainable farming, plant-based menu items, green vegetable-based juices, and smoothies are trendy, and grocery stores, restaurants, juice bars, food trucks, and farmers' markets that offer goods made with whole, nutrient-dense foods are becoming more and more common worldwide.
Hopefully, these options will soon overtake fast food hamburgers and processed convenience foods as the go-to standard of eating. By encouraging your children to accept that standard, you are working toward making it a reality.
Stumped about where to start? Here is a list of 5 foods that offer the essential nutrients and vitamins your child will need to stay active and healthy through young adulthood.
While this isn't an exhaustive list, it's a good place to start!
The most important thing to remember is that you shouldn't get bogged down with the do's and don'ts of diet and nutrition when it comes to your child. Keep it simple! Whole foods that are unprocessed and that don't come wrapped in plastic or packaging are always the safest, best bet. They will be naturally full of fiber, protein and the nutrients your not-so-little ones growing body needs!
Want to know what we're doing to change the way teens look at healthy eating? See how NutriBullet University empowers kids of all ages through a hands-on eating experience that will shape the way they eat for the rest of their lives. It all starts here.