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Eating healthy for your age

This article  is part of a blog series where information is given to you on how to eat healthy for your age.If you have missed out on the introduction to this article, checkout this link here

Eating healthy for teens

So of all the life stages today we will be focusing on teenagers. As with kids eating healthy is important although, different age groups have  different prorities, needs and eating habits change . Now with teenagers fitness and nutrition are the cornerstones of teen health!

If  healthy routines are followed in a teenagers  life,  it is  likely to last a lifetime, so here are some tips to help teens kick their body into top gear.  Be an example to  your fellow teenagers and encourage the entire family to adopt healthier habits by applying the following  to your daily live.

  • Eat breakfast on a daily basis
    A smoothie in the morning or a bowl of high fibre cereal is a great way to start your morning and  will help jump-start your metabolism, provide energy for the busy day ahead and may even prevent over-eating( which none of us really want) during the rest of the day.

  • Be a smart snacker 
    Try to avoid  those tuckshop temptations by packing in healthier option, a grab-and-go from home, such as:
    o Fresh fruit
    o Sliced red, orange or yellow peppers
    o Cherry tomatoes, carrot and celery sticks (with hummus for a dip)
    o A tub of low-fat yogurt or a drinking yoghurt or a flavoured milk
    o Pretzels or home-made popcorn
    o Provitas or crackers with a block of cheese

  • Count liquid calories
    The calories in fizzy drinks, flavoured water, vitamin water and fruit juice can add up quickly. To avoid all those hundreds of calories drink water instead of sugary drinks, as water is better and healthy option.
  • Be active
    Teens need about 60 minutes of physical activity a day. Team sports are great ways to get active and to socialize, but if you as a teen are not into sports such as hockey, rugby or tennis. Try other activities such as to walking the dog around the block, take up skipping at home or sessions at a gym.
  •  Healthy skin
  • Hormone changes and puberty are mostly responsible for acne. It is not true that chocolates and fatty and sugary foods cause pimples. A balanced diet with plenty of vegetables and fruits and lots of water can help keep your skin healthy and clear. But if skin is really worry, talk about it and start acne treatment sooner rather than later
  • Maintain a healthy weight 
    Aside from an increased risk of developing high blood pressure and diabetes, being overweight can ruin teen self-confidence. So as a teen, to maintain that weight or to lose weight permanently follows a healthy diet and balance food intake with physical activity. Remind yourself that there’s no single ideal weight and no perfect body – the right weight for one person might not be the right weight for another.

Eating healthy for your age

Hay there all you foodie lovers!

Today and  for the following week  this blog will divided into a blog series which will be concentrating about eating right for your age group.

As we get older our interests, priorities, needs and eating habits change and with that so do our nutritional needs too.

 As we go through life stages our nutritional needs very but the core principles of a healthy, balanced diet remains the same“balance, variety and moderation” .

So when eating for your age, the good news is, whatever your age, the right food choices can help you feel your best so you stay on top of your commitments and enjoy life. Treat your body well. Enjoy

Today’s  blog we will be starting off with eating right for kids.





Eating Healthy for children

Eating healthily is vital for children to help them reach best possible potential  mentally and physically.

Encourage children to enjoy a variety of foods:

Expose children to as many different healthy foods as possible by offering them new foods regularly, one at a time and in small amounts – and remember to eat with them. May it be pumpkin, peas, broccoli, carrots or tomatoes. Offer a variety regularly.

Provide plenty of vegetables and fruits every day:

Since each and every fruit and vegetable contains different nutrients, it is important to eat a variety each day. “Plenty” means at least five portions of different vegetables and/or fruits a day.  Apply the 5 a day rule.

Take in sufficient dairy daily:

 Be it full cream or  reduced fat milk (plain or flavoured), cheese and yoghurt they are all rich in calcium and are crucial minerals for the development of strong bones and teeth.

Chicken, fish, meat or eggs can be eaten daily, and include regular helpings of dry beans, split peas, lentils and soy.


3 ways to use vinegar.

Vinegar–  a sour-tasting liquid containing acetic acid, by fermenting diluted alcoholic liquids, typically wine, cider, or beer.
Vinegar is not only used for preserving and cooking but is also good cleaning solution , so for those who thought its only good for cooking, now you know,  because it’s acidic, it breaks down bacteria and dirt easily. Many household cleaners contain ingredients harmful to your family’s health and your environment, but vinegar is safe. It’s also natural and economical.  
A bottle of vinegar in the cupboard is worth more than you might know.


Here are some clever ideas on how to make use of  the vinegar bottle in your  cupboard:

1. After chopping onions, scrub your hands with salt and a splash of vinegar to eliminate the smell.

2. Remove sticky labels from vases and glasses by dampening with vinegar, then leaving for five minutes before buffing off with a cotton ball or paper towel.

3. Bring out bright colours in your washing by adding half a cup of white distilled vinegar to the rinse cycle.

WHAT TO EAT to relax

Hey all foodie lovers. Don’t you just love the smell, the taste, the texture and the appearance of food? Don’t you just love FOOD?

Food is a  mystery and each time I write  more interesting facts arise about food. Which fascinates me, that food can be so versatile and be used for about almost anything. It can be used to help prevent sickness, help keep you healthy, food is for consuming, food can help you relax and food can help enhance beauty. Should I say more?!:)

As said earlier food is great for stress, it can help you relax but the type of  food and the amount of food you put in is very important.

REMEMBER: Foods should be eaten in moderation and be part of a well-balanced diet.

The amino acid, tryptophan helps the brain release serotonin, which helps you relax or calm down. Melatonin, a hormone does the exact same thing as well as mak you sleepy.

Now tryptophan can be found a in number of sources of food, such as milk, chicken, eggs, nuts, cheese, fish and chocolate.

Serotonin levels in the brain is increased when we eat foods rich in carbohydrates such as figs,nuts,dark chocolate. If we eat foods round about 4-3 hours before bedtime it will increase the serotonin levels although consume/eat in moderation, have a small light snack  than a big meal because now your body needs work  harder to digest and break down all that food that time of the night. If you listen carefully at night you can hear your tummy working digesting and breaking down when your sleeping. Sometimes it even upsets your tummy, although that is a topic for some another time.

By adding fats to your meal, you will immediately start to feel the carbohydrates working. The fat will also cause a delayed reaction in the release of serotonin which means you will be relaxed a little longer. Add fats to meals by means of avocado, peanut butter and nuts.

Enjoy the fact that food can help you relax but don’t overindulged. 🙂