Feeding Your Feisty Teen: 3 Tips to Make it Through This Fall

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In our on-the-go world full of food allergies, concession stands, GMOs, picky eaters and junk food, feeding your tween or teen a nutritious meal can sometimes feel challenging at best. Add hours of homework and sports, a little attitude fueled by hormones and dark afternoons to the mix and you easily have a recipe for disaster at dinnertime.

Can anyone say meltdown?

Here are 3 solutions to get you through the winter months:

  1. Provide a nutrient dense dinner made from foods that are grounding; in the colder, windy months, we tend to need heavier, more grounding foods. Luckily, these are the foods that naturally grow in winter: sweet potatoes, winter squash, beets, Brussel’s sprouts, chestnuts, cranberries and figs. Fresh onions and garlic are also great to add to any dish possible as they are natural anti-virals. Click here for one of my favorite winter recipes, Sweet Potato and Quinoa Turkey Chili. It’s high in protein and will keep your kids full for hours! For a vegetarian option, just hold the turkey; you won’t be sacrificing protein as quinoa is also high in plant protein as well.
  2. Vitamin D3 drops for the whole family: in the winter months when light is scarce and kids have little afternoon sunlight, a D3 supplement can do wonders. D3 is also a natural anti- inflammatory (great for kids with allergies, eczema, ADHD or asthma) and can also help make up for the lack of sunlight your body is receiving. I recommend Xymogen D3 drops which are of the highest nutraceutical quality.
  3. Eat early, snack late:  With kids rotating in and out of the house for sports and other after school activities, crock pot recipes are the way to go in the fall and winter months. Many kids are ready for a full meal when they get home from school! Have the crock- pot fired up with something yummy like the chili recipe above or other favorites like SooFoo or White Bean Chicken Chili. An after dinner snack is also the perfect time to get in foods that are naturally high in vitamin C and combat colds and flu by boosting the immune system. Go for seasonal fruits like grapefruit, oranges and other citrus whenever you can. Most of these are sweet and kids love them! You can even do another serving of the crock pot dish from earlier for kids that need a larger meal.

For more helpful hints on how to change the ways your family eats and lives, get your copy of The Pizza Trap today!

 

 

 

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