….. Probably the Most Important Way You Can Help Your Teen this Revision Period
Who doesn't snack whilst they are revising?
I constantly hear about teenagers surrounding themselves with energy drinks, chocolate bars, packets of crisps and bags of sweets as the only way to get them through revision time.
It doesn't have to be like that. In fact healthy snacking can be just as comforting whilst at the same time providing you with energy to keep going on those mammoth through the night sessions.
I'm afraid it's all a bit of a myth.
You'll get more energy from drinking water, eating fresh fruit and vegetables and treating yourself with a walk around the block for finishing a section.
There's nothing wrong with grazing whilst revising – but it is important to snack on the right sorts of foods like raw vegetable sticks, walnuts, grapes, strawberries, bananas and so on and keeping yourself hydrated with plenty of water.
This is probably the area where you can be most helpful to your teenager. By planning in advance and preparing the food you'll take away all the stress and enable them to concentrate purely on the matter in hand; revising for their exams.
Here's a great recipe for almond fruit dip a delicious alternative to savoury dips and crudités that will satisfy even the sweetest tooth. The dip takes about 5 minutes to make – then all you have to do is chop up and dip the fruit.
Almond Fruit Dip
225g full fat cream cheese
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 tbsp finely chopped almonds
1 ½ tsp almond extract
Honey to taste
- Combine all the ingredients and beat until smooth and creamy. Garnish with finely chopped almonds if desired.
- Serve with banana slices, strawberry halves, mango cubes, kiwi quarters or any other seasonal fruit. Simply skewer the fruit with a toothpick or fork, dip and eat.
Maggie's new book "Nutrition for Exam Success – A Parent's Guide" is available to buy on Kindle from Amazon or can be downloaded as an ebook at www.maggieayre.com/maggies-books.html.
After spending her teenage years as an international athlete Maggie Ayre qualified as a Personal Trainer and Nutrition Adviser. For the last three years she has specialised in teenage girls working as a Fitness Coach for Teenage Girls. In 2012 Maggie will launch her Girls Nutrition Workshops and her 3G Program as well as continuing her work with individual girls and their mothers. She is available to speak at schools, women's groups and community events. More information about Maggie's work with teenagers can be found at www.maggieayre.com or www.femalefitnessrevolution.com.