What is healthy eating?
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 helping your adolescent eat well. It is important to discuss your adolescent’s diet with his or her physician prior to making any dietary changes. Discuss the following healthy eating recommendations with your adolescent to ensure he or she is following a healthy eating plan:
- Eat three meals a day, with snacks between meals when hungry.
- Drink water rather than drinking juice, soda, or other sweetened beverages.
- Eat balanced meals- use MyPlate (pictured below) as a guide.
- When cooking for your adolescent, try to bake or broil instead of fry.
- Include a variety of foods each day.
- Fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy make good snacks.
- Include “good” fats in your daily intake: nuts, peanut butter, oils (olive, safflower), and avocados are a few examples.
- Encourage your adolescent to eat without distractions from the TV, computer, or video games.
Making healthy food choices:
The MyPlate, designed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the US Department of Health and Human Services, is a good guideline to help you and your adolescent eat a balanced and nutritious diet. The MyPlate can help you and your adolescent eat a variety of foods while encouraging the right balance of nutrients.