Feeding Teen Snack Attacks

It’s easy to overeat during the holidays with the ever-present temptations of fresh baked goodies and special treats. The truth is that most rapidly growing teens need snacks, but keeping their choices nutritious becomes the challenge.

The National Diabetes Education Program offers suggestions for snacks and ways to eat them to help keep teens healthy.

Make a fruit pizza by spreading two tablespoons of nonfat cream cheese on a toasted English muffin and topping with fruit. For an alternative, top it with fresh veggies.

Create a homemade fruit smoothie by combining in a blender one-half cup of frozen vanilla yogurt, one-half cup of 100 percent orange juice and a peeled orange.

Make an easy snack of two rice cakes, six whole-grain crackers or a slice of whole-grain bread topped with low-fat cheese, fruit spread, hummus or peanut butter.

Spread a tablespoon of peanut butter on a tortilla and sprinkle it with one tablespoon of whole-grain cereal. Place a peeled banana on the tortilla and roll it up for a crunchy treat.

Whatever the snack, enjoy it from a small plate while seated at a table instead of in front of the TV or computer. This helps encourage portion control and slows down the process to reduce overeating. Also encourage teens to participate in youth recreation programs, and be active as a family.

Additional information and free resources for parents and teens are available at www.yourdiabetesinfo.org or by calling 1-888-693-NDEP (6337).

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