What you need to know
Whilst you're a teenager your body is going through a number of changes and your brain is still developing, it's best if these changes are made whilst your body is being supported by a healthy diet.
Eating healthily doesn't mean cutting out all the stereotypically yummy foods, but it does mean eating them less often and in smaller amounts. It's important during teenage years, when eating healthily, to actually eat, not to skip meals, substitute food for drinks or start unreasonable diets. There are a number of nutrients that are super important whilst you're still growing and developing, so a balanced diet is essential.
- Eat at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day
- Don't skip meals, especially breakfast
- Try and swap snacks, such as crisps or chocolate, for healthier snacks
- Drink lots of water - keep hydrated
- Eat a good balance of foods from different food groups
- Reduce the amount of salt you eat
- Keep your portion sizes appropriate
- Stop eating when you don't feel hungry and don't eat late at night
- Keep a food diary
- Talk to your school nurse for healthy eating advice