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As a parent, it’s natural to want to give your teenage daughter the world. But when it comes to her diet, you might not be sure where to start. After all, adolescent years are a time of change and growth, so her nutritional needs are likely different than they were just a few short years ago.
Importance of a balanced diet for teenage girls
Many adolescent females are concerned about their weight and appearance, so they restrict their calorie consumption to maintain it. You must teach her that eating nutritious food is the best way to maintain a healthy weight.
A nutritious diet plan for a teenage girl might include:
- The number of calories necessary for overall growth varies. If the teenager is physically active and participates in a sport, her calorie requirement may be as high as 1800 to 2,200 or more.
- Carbohydrates, fats, and proteins are required for proper physical development.
- Vitamins and minerals are necessary for proper development.
A healthy and balanced diet fosters healthy eating habits in youngsters, which will help them as they get older. As a result, you must provide your adolescent daughter with a nutritious diet. Check out The Kitchen Community for some wholesome meal ideas.
Here are ten foods that every teenage girl needs in her diet:
Whole grains are an essential source of energy and fiber, and they can also help reduce the risk of heart disease and other chronic conditions like obesity and type II diabetes. Try to incorporate whole grains into her diet in whole-wheat bread, oatmeal, quinoa, and brown rice.
Protein is essential for growth and development during adolescence. It helps build and repair tissues, produces enzymes and hormones, and provides the building blocks for bones, muscles, skin, and blood. Lean protein sources include chicken, fish, tofu, legumes, and low-fat dairy products.
Fruits and vegetables
Fruits and vegetables contain vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber. They help boost immunity, promote healthy skin and hair, protect against chronic diseases like cancer and heart disease, and promote overall health. Aim to have your daughter consume at least five servings of fruits and vegetables daily.
Calcium is essential for strong bones and teeth and helps with muscle contraction and nerve transmission. Dairy products like milk, yogurt, and cheese are excellent sources of calcium. Other good sources include leafy green vegetables, tofu made with calcium sulfate, fish with edible bones (such as sardines), and calcium-fortified foods such as soy milk and orange juice.
Water is necessary for all bodily functions—it flushes out toxins, regulates body temperature, lubricates joints, aids digestion, and more. Encourage your daughter to drink eight glasses of water per day. If she’s not a fan of plain water, try flavoring it with fresh fruits or herbs.
Contrary to popular belief, not all fats are bad for you. Monounsaturated fats can help reduce cholesterol levels, promote heart health, improve cognitive function, and more. Good sources of healthy fats include nuts, seeds, avocados, and olive oil.
Probiotics are live bacteria that have benefits for gut health, and they can help improve digestive function, bolster immunity, and even alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety. Probiotic-rich foods include yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi, tempeh, miso soup, and certain types of cheese.
Iron is essential for carrying oxygen throughout the body and for teenage girls because they lose iron during menstruation. If iron levels become too low, it can lead to fatigue, shortness of breath, and headaches.
Seeds are small but mighty powerhouses of nutrition and rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and healthy fats – all essential nutrients for teenage girls. Try incorporating sunflower, pumpkin, chia, and flaxseeds into your daughter’s diet.
Whole-grain bread offers many of the same benefits as other whole grains – they’re a good source of energy and fiber while also being linked to a reduced risk of heart disease and other chronic conditions like obesity and type II diabetes.
Healthy diet plan tips for teenage girls
Growing girls need more than just food and water for sustenance; they require a comprehensive diet that provides them with all the nutrients they need to develop into healthy and sturdy young ladies. Here are some things to remember while developing your daughter’s diet.
Plan her meals
Follow a food guide or make a diet chart to plan your kids’ meals to ensure they get the nutrients they need for proper growth and development. A healthy diet contains proteins, carbohydrates, and fats in appropriate proportions. You should avoid no-carb or zero-carb diets because they might have problematic side effects on the youngster’s health.
Teach her about healthy fats
Although teenage girls are commonly fixated on their weight, they should know that not all fats are bad. Fattening foods are detrimental to a young woman’s health, but she must be made aware of the importance of healthy fats in allowing some nutrients to be absorbed and the synthesis of critical hormones.
Be clever about ‘in-between’ snacks
If your daughter feels hungry between meals, have her eat fruit, some dry nuts or seeds, roasted lotus seeds, a boiled egg, etc. They are easy to eat and packed with nutrients, thus making them good snacks.
A healthy diet is vital for everyone – but it’s especially crucial during adolescence. By incorporating these ten food items into your daughter’s diet regularly, you can help her grow up strong & healthy!