Food for Thought

An example of a healthy snack that students can bring to school. Fruits like apples and strawberries provide vitamins and nutrients that are essential to the human body and keep students awake and active during the school day. (Photo Courtesy of Sarah Jumma)

As a high school student, it is easy to forget to eat a meal during the week or turn to junk food in the face of hunger. In most cases, teenagers don’t skip meals on purpose or eat unhealthy but their lack of time due to homework, projects and extracurricular activities is to blame.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and while parents have eggs and toast and siblings shove spoonfuls of cereal into their mouths, high school students find themselves skipping breakfast. Instead of having unhealthy start to the day, try to think of alternatives ways to add to your daily nutritional needs.

On option is to store a mixture of your favorite berries in the freezer and pop them into a blender with a cup of milk. It makes for a smoothie on the go and is something that students who combat nausea in the morning with solid food. Another tip is to store protein bars — or snack packs of veggies and hummus that are available in your local grocery store — in your book bag and pull them out during class when you feel hungry as many teachers at Leesville Road High School permit eating in their classes.

For lunch, students take advantage and go off for lunch to fast-food chains like Bojangles, Chick-fil-a, and Moes multiple times in a week. The better option is to go home and take advantage of a salad, fruits or even leftovers. These options are better that the 500 to 800 calories for one meal that fast food restaurants offer.

Water should also be a major part of a students day. On average, the U.S. Food and Nutrition Board advised people to consume 2.5 liters (84.5 ounces) of water a day but the more common rule is to drink half of your body weight in ounces. For example, if you weigh 140 pounds, it is beneficial to drink 70 ounces of water daily.

While it is difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle with busy lifestyles, these tips allow you to meet the daily nutritional needs of a teenager and improve your intellectual performance.


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