The formative adolescent years are a key period for learning independence and responsibility, which also extends to dietary habits and food choices. Most moms know that teens tend arrive home and raid the fridge, snacking on anything available. These food choices play a large role, not only in forming your teen’s future dietary habits, but also on their ability to concentrate and focus on their studies. Study breaks before exam periods can also prove problematic in terms of unhealthy food choices – boredom and ‘study breaks’ often lead to over consumption of sugar laden snacks which can lead dips in blood sugar and poor concentration levels.
Provision of healthy, enticing food for your teen during these periods is vital for the formation of good dietary habits as well as sustained blood sugar and good brain health. Here are a few ideas to help keep your teen satisfied and healthy.