6 Facts You Didn’t Know About Your Tween

Krista Haynes | January 19, 2016

Tweens, or any young adult aged 9-13, live in a very special phase of life. Their hormones are raging, their bodies are expanding and their mentalities and psyches are open to rapid growth and manipulation. Unfortunately, this makes it tough to be a good parent. You obviously want the best for your child, but they’re probably fighting you at every turn. Don’t worry – this is a good thing! Your child is learning self-sufficiency and developing their personality. We know it can be frustrating, but your brooding, moody tweenager is almost an adult – and you’ve got to impart the practices of a healthy lifestyle that will not only help get them through this stage but help them thrive for years to come.

Want a little help getting to know your kiddo at this age? We’ve got some facts and tips that will help get you and your not-so-little one through this growing phase.

  1. More than 23 percent of calories eaten by US kids come from snacks, the majority being snacks high in sugar, highly processed carbs, and unhealthy fats.
  2. Between 10 to 30 percent of kids skip breakfast. Common excuses include lack of time, disinterest from the tween, or lack of planning by the parent.
  3. Family meals foster healthy eating, weight management, a parent/child connection, and social skills. Aim for three to five family meals each week to reap the benefits. Can’t make it to the table? Make a smoothie together!
  4. The importance of sleep is often underestimated. When it comes to weight management, inadequate and poor quality sleep affects hormones and increases the risk of becoming overweight.
  5. Nearly 60 percent of parents have provided a cell phone for their tween ages 8-12 and the number continues to rise due to our tech-dependent lifestyles.
  6. Today’s tween generation has buying power upward of $1.2 trillion per year, making them a prime target for marketers. Beware of the big food giants, including fast food and processed food companies, hoping to gain lifetime customers.

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Krista Haynes

Krista L. Haynes, R.D. is a Registered Dietitian with extensive knowledge on the benefits of eating a whole food, plant-based diet. Her approach centers on holistic wellness—using real, unprocessed foods to help detoxify the body and maximize its natural functions. Krista also specializes in adult weight management, teaching non-diet strategies based on the principals of Intuitive Eating. As a vegan, Krista promotes the benefits of vegan and vegetarian nutrition, but also realizes that a healthy diet is any diet that provides optimum energy and confidence and helps individuals achieve their personal goals.

A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin’s Coordinated Program in Dietetics, Krista has held positions at The Cancer Project in Washington, DC, the Biggest Loser Resort in Malibu, and COMO Shambhala estate in Bali, Indonesia. She also runs her own private practice, Samskara Nutrition. Krista has been published, interviewed, and quoted in various media outlets including USA Today, Livestrong.com, and the Los Angeles Times, and has appeared on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters.

Krista is also a Registered Yoga Teacher, completing her 200 hour foundation training and developing her skills in therapeutic yoga techniques.

Deeply passionate about healthy food, nutrition, and fitness, Krista believes that diet plays a key role in unleashing the inner drive that motivates us to lead our best life possible. She is thrilled to share her knowledge with NutriBullet owners.

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