Yummy Foods That Fuel You All Day

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    Don't Skip Breakfast

    A healthy breakfast helps you pay attention in school. And it keeps you from being hungry and wanting to snack on junk food like chips and cookies. Eat some oatmeal, whole-grain cereal with nuts, or whole wheat toast with peanut butter. These foods are packed with nutrition to keep you full until lunch.

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    Talk to Your Parents

    It's hard to eat healthy if the snacks you find at home are cookies, chips, and other unhealthy treats. So talk to your parents. Ask them to buy food like fruits, vegetables, whole-grain breads, and yogurt and 2% milk. You can even go grocery shopping with them to show them which foods you'd like to eat. That way when you're hungry, you can eat something you like that's good for you.

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    What's in Your Lunchbox?

    Redo your lunchbox. Pack foods (or ask your parents to pack foods) that are good for you and that will keep you from getting too hungry before school's out. An apple will keep you going longer than chips will. Apples have fiber. Fiber is good because it takes more time for your body to digest, so it fills you up.

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    Foods With Lots of Water in Them

    Fruits and veggies have lots of water inside them. That means they will help you feel full. For example, you could eat just a 1/4 cup of raisins, which are dried grapes. Or 2 whole cups of fresh grapes with lots of water in them. The grapes will keep you feeling fuller for longer. So they are a better choice.

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    Healthy Fast-Food Fix

    Eat healthy when you eat fast food. It's better fuel than the other stuff on the menu. Instead of chicken nuggets, order a tasty grilled chicken sandwich with extra lettuce, tomato, and pickles. Have apple slices instead of french fries. For pizza, skip the pepperoni and sausage. Get it loaded with veggies like green peppers, mushrooms, and olives. Then order water or 2% milk instead of soda.

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    Protein Power

    If you're hungry, don't grab a cookie. Your body digests sugary foods quickly. When you eat a cookie, you'll be hungry again soon. Instead, eat foods that have protein, like chicken, peanut butter or cheese with crackers, yogurt, or scrambled eggs. These foods give you more energy because your body breaks them down slowly.

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    Fill Up

    When you're really hungry, you may want to eat and eat, and before you know it, you've had way too much. Before you scarf down a meal, try having a piece of fruit, a cup of soup, or a small salad. These foods have a lot of water. That means they'll start to fill your stomach so you won't feel like you're starving. Then when you eat your meal, you won't end up eating too much.

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    Make the Healthy Food Switch

    It's not hard to pick foods that are better for your body. Some of your favorites only need a few little changes to be healthy AND tasty. Have whole-grain cereal for breakfast instead of the sugary kind. Drink low-fat milk instead of whole chocolate milk. Eat spaghetti with tomato sauce that has meat and veggies and a little bit of cheese instead of gobs of cheese and butter.

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    Build a Better Dessert

    Dessert can be yummy AND healthy. Instead of eating two scoops of ice cream, eat one scoop and put lots of berries on top. Or make a sundae out of chocolate pudding, raspberries, and a sprinkle of almonds. Put pineapple chunks, strawberries, and grapes on skewers to make fruit kebabs. Then dip them in vanilla yogurt.

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    Share With Your Friends

    Now that you know more about healthy eating, share your good food choices with others. When friends come over, ask your parents to serve sliced apples or carrots instead of chips and cookies. Fill bowls with whole-grain tortilla chips and salsa. Or make trail mix from nuts, whole-grain cereal, and dried fruits like raisins. Show everyone that healthy food can taste great!