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Transitioning Your Teen Onto The Hallelujah Diet


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 easy by slowly eliminating junk foods from their diets.Make the transition easy by slowly eliminating junk foods from their diets.

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.


  1. Connie Gesser August 28, 2017

    These are all good suggestions to encouraging a teenager to eat healthy. I agree with the statement — the way a person eats today, will effect their future health.

    Providing healthy meals and snacks is the key. If the junk food is not in the house, it won’t be as great of a temptation.

  2. Angela Solomon September 13, 2017

    Great ideas for teenagers! It can be very challenging with teens being around there friends and at school.
    A great way of Helping them is by packing healthy snacks in there book bags and lunch boxes .

  3. Good ideals for the teenagers to make a change in there eating habits. The Survival bars would be good for the kids to add to they lunch for a healthy snack. For breakfast I think some good smoothies would give the kids some nutrition from the different fruits we mix in the smoothie. The main thing is to try changing the way they eat bad foods that is not good for them.

  4. Carolyn B, Calhoun October 21, 2017

    Survival bars are so good as a snack replacement. Great encouraging blog on how to guide our children to better eating. Fresh fruit smoothies. Let them help plan their meals. It will work, Do this as a family and get great healthy results.

  5. Jennifer August 15, 2019

    Thanks for the blog! Great suggestions to help teens make better choices with their diet.

  6. Transitioning to a new diet and lifestyle is challenging for most people, but I can imagine that it would be harder for a teenager due to peer pressure and their typically busy lifestyle. Making sure to have healthy snacks available all the time would be one of the most important things to remember. The Survival Bars are a good thing to carry with them as a go-to healthy snack when not at home, and Annette was right. Smoothies are a GREAT way to start out the day. Allowing them to participate in not only the meal planning, but the meal prep as well could get them more enthusiastic about trying new things.

  7. Connie June 19, 2021

    When teenagers live on unhealthy meals and snacks it will deteriorate their health. They are influenced by parents, advertising and their peers.
    Parents can provide their teenagers with lots of delicious healthy foods. Oven better, they can teach children at a young age about nutrition so they will make good choices for themselves as they age.

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