Getting teenagers to eat healthy and make right diet choices can be pretty difficult sometimes, and especially in these days of heavy advertisement everywhere you look. This is a very changing time in their lives when they are beginning to exercise their freedom and desiring to do things on their own. Just know that eating moods may happen as your teen will like something one week and absolutely hate it the next week.
They are also going to be very exposed to peer pressure as a child or teenager that likes to eat pizza every single day because their friend does and they may feel embarrassed to eat hummus or pita chips because the kids will make fun of them. They may go to school and want to trade that nice chicken sandwich for a bag of potato chips or candy bar. Do know that this kind of behavior is ok and the strict calorie counting that some of us adults do in not is not necessary important for them at this point in their lives.
One of the best things that you can do is to be a role model for your teen. Offer healthy foods at home and partake and enjoy in them yourself with them. Also teaching them non-chalantly about the nutritional value of the foods that they are eating maybe will not help them immediately but will resurface in their memories when they are older and some a little heavier and maybe then they will heed to moms advice and example as a role model. The more they see you choosing and eating healthy foods the more they will probably choose to eat healthy foods as well. So if the y see you wolfing down greasy burgers with fries and chasing it with a power drink, I suggest to rethink your diet and be more willing to stick to it for your kids sake.
We also know that teenagers can have crazy schedules, coming home at different times or coming and going to different sports practices so having healthy snacks available at home where they can easily grab them is going to deter them for eating cookies or bags of potato chips that are convenient foods but not necessarily healthy. Peanuts are great snack to put about the house out as you can keep different varieties in airtight see though containers, if you can put one in their bedroom all the better. Even having fresh fruits in the fridge or bananas on the counter can be fast and easy snacks that a teenager can choose. You can pre- slice pineapple, peel some oranges and mandarins and even cube up some pieces of watermelon. If possible I would suggest having your kids help in the fruit preparation process and the peanut roasting as this will most likely get them to eat something that they actually help make (this would also be the best non-chalant time to teach them about the nutritional value of whatever fruits or peanuts that you are preparing).
So remember that to teach teens to eat healthy, it’s important that you offer those healthy foods at home and enjoy eating healthy with them. Odds are that not only will your kids get healthier but you and the rest of your household as well.