Many high school students like 17 year old Rosie Martinez, find little to no time to eat or snack healthy. “I am always busy, class after class and even after school so whatever they sell in the snack machines is usually what I end up getting,” said Rosie.
Finding a healthy snack that is both tasty and inexpensive proves to be difficult, but that does not mean you are completely doomed. There are great foods you can make that don’t cost a fortune, says kidshealth.org. Mixing and matching granola with yogurt or with your favorite fruit does not only taste good but is healthy. Snacking can help prevent unwanted weight gain and boost up your metabolism.
“I really try my best not to buy junk food, so I try to get a snack before I go to school,” added 18 year-old Priscilla Gomez.
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the number of overweight children, aged 6-11 years old has more than doubled in the past 20 years and among adolescents aged 12-19 has more than tripled. The website family.go.com suggests a few substitutions can make a big difference. A few things to consider for now and the future:
Try This, Not That
-Try to avoid food that have high amounts of sodium
-Instead of ice cream, get yogurt or frozen yogurt
-Instead of a candy bar, try a granola bar
-Instead of regular potato chips, try baked chips
-Instead of white fried rice, get steamed rice or get brown rice
-Instead of white bread, get whole-grain/wheat bread
-Add fruit in your diet like apples which is rich in fiber or cut up vegetables like carrots or celery with a filling topping like peanut butter
-Instead of cokes, drink water or juice
-Instead of making sandwiches out of bacon, try using turkey
-Instead of drinking whole milk, try skim/low fat milk
With these tips in mind you are sure to feel healthy.