Your teenage years are a time of great change and growth, and the foods you eat play a critical role in the development of your body and mind. Developing healthy eating habits now will make it easier to choose healthy foods as an adult, mitigate the onset of illness and help you to maintain a vibrant life. The foods you eat can affect everything from your ability to remain alert in class to the amount of energy you have for afterschool sports to the mood swings you experience any given day. Committing to a healthy diet full of fresh vegetables, fruits, and healthy fats (like the kind you get from nuts and avocados) can be one of the smartest decisions you’ll ever make.
Make small shifts to healthier foods
You don’t have to overhaul your kitchen cabinet or daily diet all at once. Begin by replacing 3-5 unhealthy items in your pantry at a time, and slowly add more until you’ve adopted healthier food choices. Don’t be afraid to ask your parents for help with this! Here are some ideas for healthy options at every meal:
|Breakfast||Whole grain cereal or toast with almond butter, almond milk, fruits, tea, plenty of water|
|Lunch||whole grain sandwiches with peanut butter and real berries & banana, or salad, veggie soup, veggie chili, veggie burger|
|Dinner||Steamed or cooked veggies, pasta, veggie tacos|
|Snacks||Cucumbers with hummus, apple with almond butter, mixed nuts|
At Braggs, we recommend that you limit animal foods, such as meat and dairy, to 3-4 meals per week. After all, modern nutritional science now believes people are getting more diseases because of excess animal and processed foods in the diet. Animal protein and processed food has been linked to heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity stems from a diet too heavy in saturated fats, added sugars, and hormones, not to mention pesticides, GMO’s, and other contaminants.
Instead, focus on consuming MORE ORGANIC FRUITS & VEGETABLES! Fruits and veggies have the power to kill disease. Excess animal protein can actually nurture and fuel disease. There is a long-standing myth that we only get sufficient protein from animal foods. Did you know you can get plenty of protein from fruits & veggies as well? Also, many farm raised animals are treated cruelly, and their waste products are polluting the environment!
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