Healthy Diet For Teenagers

healthy diet for teenagers It can be such a struggle to get the balance right for a healthy diet for teenagers when all they want to eat is burgers, chips, pizza and sweets.

It's so difficult if your teenager refuses to eat anything that doesnít come out of a packet or tin - but donít lose hope. With a few easy changes and additions to your teenager's diet, they will have all the energy a growing body needs.

For instance with the right toppings, pizza can be made into a healthy meal which is tasty. Try spreading a pizza base with loads of tomato sauce which is low in calories (about 20 calories per tablespoon), then on top of the sauce add sliced peppers and onions, sweet corn and small chicken pieces.

Instead of frying chips use oven chips. A meal of oven chips and baked beans is filling and as long as you use the low salt variety of baked beans then itís another very healthy meal.

Fruit and Vegetables

It can often be very difficult to get teenagers to eat fruit and vegetables. Girls might be easier to convince than boys as they are always trying to lose weight in their teens. However with a little imagination they can be dressed up so they appear a little more exciting.

Make a smoothie for breakfast with bananas, yogurt and a little honey. Why not juice a few oranges for their lunchtime drink with a sandwich full of salad, tomatoes, peppers and cold meat, topped with salad cream? A baked apple stuffed with sultanas is a delicious dessert for dinner.

Fruits

Donít just stick to apples and oranges with fruit. A healthy diet for teenagers should include a variety. Fruits such as pineapples can be cut into small pieces and put into a lunch box. Mangos are delicious as are grapes and kiwi fruits. Strawberries make the ideal food to eat anywhere at anytime, the only preparation they need is to remove the stalk. Who could resist cherries? Cherries are a favourite with everyone and need no dressing up with creams or sauces.

A healthy diet for teenagers could include our hot fruit salad which is sweet enough for most teenage teeth.

Hot Fruit Salad

What teenager could resist this?

Teen Cooking

Pre heat oven 200C 400F Gas 6
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 large mango
  • half pineapple
  • foil to wrap fruit in
Chop the fruit up into small slices.
Place all the fruit onto a square of foil.
Sprinkle the fruit with brown sugar.
Wrap the fruit in the foil so that it is a parcel.
Bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
Serve hot fruit salad with natural yogurt.

Vegetables

Vegetables and the words a healthy diet for teenagers are perhaps a little more difficult to put together!! Vegetables unlike fruits are not naturally sweet. However children of all ages love stir fries which are full of vegetables. You can add anything to a stir fry such as peppers, courgettes, mange tout, beans, mushrooms, onions, broccoli, cauliflower etc and they wont even know they are eating them.

Potatoes can be a great source of energy - and teenagers just love chips. Give them the healthy variety. Hereís how.

Healthy Chips

Slice the potatoes as you normally would to make chips.
In a bowl pour two tablespoons of olive oil and then add the chipped potatoes and stir, making sure that each sliced potato is covered in oil.
Place the oiled chips onto a baking sheet.
Cook in hot oven for about 25 minutes turning over half way through.

Healthy Diet for Teenagers - More Recipes

Bread Pizza

  • 1 baguette
  • 2tbls pesto
  • 1 tomato sliced
  • half pepper sliced
  • a little chopped onion
  • a little grated cheese
  • wafer thin smoked ham
Spread the baguette with pesto and then with the tomato, pepper, chopped onion and ham.
Sprinkle with grated cheese.
Place under a hot grill until the cheese has melted.
Serve.

Easy Broccoli Pasta

Who would have guessed broccoli could taste so nice. Broccoli pasta is really easy to make
  • 450g broccoli
  • 125g pasta
  • 1 pkt cheese sauce
Boil broccoli florets until tender.
Cook pasta as per packet.
Make cheese sauce as per packet.
Mix together and serve broccoli pasta as a healthy diet for teenagers.

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