4 Lesson 3: Smart Snacking
When your body is growing during adolescence, it is very common to be hungry
a lot of the time. Many teens are tempted to just grab some fast food
to satisfy their hunger, but this can cause more problems than it solves. Many
fast foods have a lot of fat, sugar, and salt, and do not provide the sustained
energy your body needs. On the Web site below, you will learn the ABCs
of healthy snacking along with some simple recipes for healthy snacks.
Link to explore: Virtua Health: http://www.virtua.org/page.cfm?id=healthsavvy_display&savvyID=181
- Start at the Virtua Health Web site.
- Read through the page on smart snacking.
- Take notes as you read.
- When you are done reading, answer the questions
- Finally, using the information from the link, make
a list of snacks you would like to make and carry
with you during the day.
- Why is it a good idea to eat small, healthy snacks during
- What are the best healthy foods for keeping your energy level high?
- How often should a teen snack when full meals are not available?
- Why should teens be careful to read the contents of snack foods even if
the labels say things like “all natural,” or “pure?”
- What are three examples of healthy snacks?
- Eating small, nutritious snacks throughout the day can keep your energy level high and your mind alert, without taking up a lot of your time.
- The best foods for keeping your energy level high are ones that contain complex carbohydrates such as bagels, graham crackers or unsweetened cereal. Foods that contain protein such as low-fat yogurt and skim milk are also good.
- Snacking every three to four hours will help keep you going when full meals are not available.
- You should always check the ingredient label on snacks because even though a label may say the snack is all natural or pure, that does not necessarily mean it is nutritious.
Additional Resources for Teachers
- Some examples of healthy and tasty snacks are:
- Banana ice cream
- Air-popped popcorn
- Mini pizzas
- Healthy popsicles made with 100% juice
- Low-fat pita or hummas
- Low fat pretzels
- Angel food cake
- Baked tortilla chips
Below are some additional resources on healthy snacking. It might be
fun to have students do some research on snacks and their contents and then
bring in their favorite ones to share.
- Backpack Snacks: http://www.youngwomenshealth.org/backpack.html
- Healthy Snacks: http://www.ehealth4teens.org/activity/snacks.php
- Food on the Run: http://www.eatwell.gov.uk/agesandstages/teens/foodonrunp/
- Recipes: http://www.recipesource.com/misc/kids/indexall.html