Two Major Meals for Teens
Breakfast Is Important
It is most important that you eat breakfast every day. When you just wake up, it's usually been 10 or 12 hours since your last meal. With your brain and muscles running on reserve fuel, you need more energy to perform at your best.
A traditional sit-down, hot breakfast isn't necessary. There are lots of fast, easy foods that can give teen-agers a healthy start to their day. Here are a few suggestions:
Lunch Is Important, Too
Working all morning at school burns up a lot of energy, and you need a healthy lunch to refuel so that you make the most of your afternoon. Eat a healthy lunch every day, either one provided by the school, or one brought from home. When packing a lunch or choosing lunch items from the cafeteria, be sure to include a variety of foods from each of the five major food groups. Since most teens consume one-third of their daily calories at their midday meal, a nutritious lunch might typically include: