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Though it may seem like your teen wants to fend for him/herself, it’s important to remember that you are still the primary caretaker and remain highly influential when it comes to their food and nutrition.
The key to influencing your teen is to make healthy habits cool. Fortunately, we are in the midst of a widespread wellness movement. Clean eating, local and sustainable farming, plant-based menu items, green vegetable-based juices, and smoothies are trendy, and grocery stores, restaurants, juice bars, food trucks, and farmers’ markets that offer goods made with whole, nutrient-dense foods are becoming more and more common worldwide.
Hopefully, these options will soon overtake fast food hamburgers and processed convenience foods as the go-to standard of eating. By encouraging your children to accept that standard, you are working toward making it a reality.
Stumped about where to start? Here is a list of 5 foods that offer the essential nutrients and vitamins your child will need to stay active and healthy through young adulthood.
While this isn’t an exhaustive list, it’s a good place to start!
The most important thing to remember is that you shouldn’t get bogged down with the do’s and don’ts of diet and nutrition when it comes to your child. Keep it simple! Whole foods that are unprocessed and that don’t come wrapped in plastic or packaging are always the safest, best bet. They will be naturally full of fiber, protein and the nutrients your not-so-little ones growing body needs!
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.