Teens and Snacks

How to help your teens eat nutritiously, between the bout of junk food.

Teens and Snacks

Until kids reach the teen years, it’s pretty easy to have say over what they eat.  But once they get a little older, junk food can rate high on the menu! Dr. Cheryl Mutch, pediatrician and co-author of Good Food to Go says while it may not be possible to stop teens from munching on chips and candy, there are ways parents can offset the unhealthy choices. “As they get older you can’t control everything that’s going into their bodies. If they’ve go the money or the access, then often they’re going to go for those sorts of choices. So I always tell parents that it’s a great idea to have a lot of nutritious choices at home. An easy thing for parents to do is when they buy the groceries on the weekend for instance, if you buy lots of fruits and vegetables, just cut them up before you even put them in the fridge. Then you can have a Tupperware container of veggies, put them on a plate after school when the kids come home, maybe put some dip, cheese or humus and it it’s there, they’re going to snack on it. ”

The Parent Report’s guest expert is Dr. Cheryl Mutch, pediatrician and co-author of Good Food to Go. Adapted from The Parent Report Radio Show. Any advice or information contained herein should never be a substitute for professional and/or medical advice, diagnosis and treatment. For more information please review Terms of Service.

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