Why should teenagers eat snacks?

Judy Caplan
Judy Caplan on behalf of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Nutrition & Dietetics
Teenagers need lots of calories and snacking can be a great way to work extra nutrients into the diet. Snacking can be a good opportunity to teach teens about nutrition. Forgo sodas and chips, processed energy bars, and fried junk food for whole grains, bean dips with corn tortillas, fresh fruit and veggies, and lean proteins. Snacking will help keep your teen's blood sugar stable and can result in less moodiness!
Jodie Shield
Jodie Shield on behalf of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
During the teen years, calorie needs are at an all-time high, especially for boys. Rapid growth spurts, intense sports workouts, and staying up later at night leave teens ravenous. It’s no wonder they have snack attacks.
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