When you’re a teen, it’s often easier to eat fast food or junk food instead of healthy food. But, eating too much junk food can negatively impact your body in other ways than just weight gain. That being said, here are five foods that every teen should be eating:
One of the most important nutrients your body needs is omega-3s. While you could always take an omega-3 supplement, it’s better to consume omega-3s from a natural source, such as fish. Most fish contain a lot of necessary omega-3s in addition to other critical nutrients. Salmon is the best type of fish to eat if you want to consume a maximum amount of omega-3s.
If you want to lower your risk of developing heart disease, then consider eating oats, specifically in the form of oatmeal. Oatmeal is a quick and delicious breakfast that can be paired with toppings, such as peanut butter and fruit to make it even tastier. Not only is oatmeal tasty, but the soluble fiber components work together to keep cholesterol and blood glucose levels at a stable level.
If you’ve ever paid attention in health class, you most likely know that proper protein intake is extremely important to regulate weight and muscle, as well as lower the risk of heart disease and diabetes. But, who really has the appetite and wallet to eat an enormous amount of meat? That’s why beans are one of the best sources of protein! In addition to having a ton of protein, beans are filled with necessary carbohydrates and fiber, which are two components that promote overall health.
How many times have you ordered a salad to be healthy and eat leafy greens, just to ask for romaine or iceberg lettuce? While romaine and iceberg lettuce are tasty, they are like celery in the sense that eating those type of lettuces isn’t necessarily beneficial or harmful to your health. That’s why it’s important to eat dark leafy greens, like kale and spinach. Dark leafy greens are beneficial for a variety of reasons, most importantly their high levels of vitamins C and A, which are necessary for overall health.
In recent years, avocadoes have become a staple in millennial diets. While this is mostly due to its rich delicious taste and ability to taste good in almost any dish, more people have become aware of the health benefits of eating avocado. Avocado has a high concentration of necessary fats and antioxidants which work together to keep your immune system strong and skin glowing. In recent studies, researchers have uncovered that avocadoes can even lower your risk of developing cancer. So, don’t be afraid to switch your usual afterschool snack for a piece of avocado toast!