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Healthy Eating for Teenagers


Healthy Eating for Teenagers   

Eating healthy is an important part of a healthy lifestyle and is something that should be taught at a young age. The following are some general guidelines for healthy eating:

  •  Eat 3 meals a day, with healthy snacks in between.
  •  Increase fibre in your diet and decrease the use of salt.
  •  Drinking water is very important.  It is also important to limit or avoid drinks that are high in sugar such as soft drinks or fruit juice. Whole fruit is always a better choice.
  •  Eat balanced meals with a variety of whole foods.
  •  Baking or steaming is a better option that deep fat frying. 
  •  Make you are aware of your sugar intake.  No more than 5-6 teaspoons, or 25-35 grams for a female and 7-9 teaspoons for a male of sugar per day should be consumed.
  •  Eat fruit or vegetables for a snack.
  •  Decrease the use of heavy gravies.
  • Eat more chicken and fish. Limit red meat intake, and choose more chicken and fish where possible.

Making healthy food choices

The following is a guideline to help you consume a healthy diet. These guidelines can help you eat a variety of foods while encouraging the right number of calories and fat.

Grains. These are foods that are made from wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal, barley, or another cereal grain are grain products. Examples include whole wheat, brown rice, and oatmeal. It is healthier to eat whole wheat rather than white as the nutritional goodness has not been stripped off the whole wheat rice.

Vegetables. It is important to vary your vegetables and eat a rainbow of foods, including dark green, red, and orange vegetables, legumes (peas and beans), and starchy vegetables.
Fruits. Whole food is best.

Dairy. Milk products and foods made from milk are considered part of this food group. They are high in calcium.

Protein. You can choose lean meats and poultry. It is important to vary your protein routine. Choose more fish, nuts, seeds, peas, and beans.

Some contain essential nutrients and can be included in the diet.
Exercise and everyday physical activity should also be included with a healthy eating plan.

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