Teen eating habits are hard to keep up with. Some days they’re following a healthy regimen, other days they’re living off processed snacks from morning to night. Though this type of lifestyle may keep them satisfied, it’s going to deteriorate their overall health to the point of no return by the time they reach a certain age. If you’re living with a teen whose eating habits are out of control, now may be the perfect time to consider encouraging them to transition their diet.
As you know, a plant-based diet is one of the most health-conscious regimens anyone can follow. It’s the perfect way to eliminate unhealthy habits by removing saturated fats, refined sugars and grains, processed foods, dairy and meats and replacing them with nutrient-rich vegetables, fruits, organic whole grains, nuts and seeds. Though it may seem as simple as giving a lecture, we all know that it’s going to take more convincing than that. Here are a few ways to help your teen make a plant-based diet transition:
Give Them the Cold Hard Facts
Start by giving your teen the same information you know about the Standard American Diet. Though it may come off as alarming, your kids deserve to know the damage following this regimen can do to the body.
Make the Transition Smooth
Changing eating habits takes time, and your teen likely won’t be inclined to cut unhealthy foods with the snap of your finger. Slowly encourage your kids to eliminate meats and dairy from their diet – you can start by removing these options from family dinners throughout the week – and then stop buying harmful snacks, sugar and fats. When these options are out of reach, your kids will be less likely to go out of their way to find them.
Keep a Supply of Fresh Fruit Around
One of the keys to eliminating harmful snacks is to make beneficial snacks available. Fresh fruit makes an excellent snack, so find fruits in season and keep your fruit bowl and refrigerator well stocked.
Experiment in the Kitchen
Encourage your kids to look through our database of plant-based recipes and choose a few that spark their interest! Then, you can all experiment in the kitchen and figure out which meals taste best. This is a simple way to get the whole family involved in the transition.
Try a Tasty Supplement
Beyond eating plant-based foods, teach your children the importance of nutritional supplements. Our Berry BarleyMax makes the perfect starting product for teens, as it packs a punch of vitamins and minerals, while also tasting delicious. From there, you can encourage them to try other supplements as they please.