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On the go?  Can't stand eating breakfast so early in the morning?  Mix it up and guarantee you get the nutrients and protein you need for
staying active and focused by trying these healthy smoothie recipes. 



DID YOU KNOW: Teenagers who consume a steady diet of fast food risk putting on weight faster than if they consumed such food on occasion.  To build strong bones and increase your intake of necessary nutrients, your diet needs to be made up of healthy meals and snacks.  Can you splurge?  Can you still enjoy your favorite junk/snack foods?  Of course!  Learning to eat sensibly does not mean you need to go to extremes and become a health food freak.  Just snack and eat junk food in moderation.



A varied and balanced diet is necessary to ensure your growing and developing body acquires all the energy and nutrients it needs. 



Before you eat, consider what you will be putting in your cup, your bowl, or your plate.  Use this United States Department of Agriculture site to address the five food groups necessary for a healthy diet.



You're young and you have an active metabolism, but if you're interested in staying fit, it doesn't mean you can't have fun.  You just need to stay active: play some volleyball; go dancing, kayaking, hiking, biking, walking...  Life is too short to be stuck inside.



You're in class for several hours; you get home and you sit for hours doing homework.  Maybe you enjoy chilling out watching your favorite program or playing your favorite game.  Still, it helps to get up and be active. By engaging in these creative activities, your disposition on life will change; stress will melt away, and you will find your ability to focus improve.  



Discover your inner strength; reduce your stress and anxiety.  Use meditation to center yourself by finding balance and focus in all the chaos surrounding you. This site provides guided meditation instruction through a series of recordings.  Try it.  It will change your life.



Per their website:
 
"Most people think of yoga as poses and exercises that make the body more flexible and strong.  But what many don't know is that meditation and breathing are important parts of yoga.Want to manage your anger so you don't feel you're always on the verge of blowing up? Want to feel less stressed and juggle all the things going on in your life? Need to focus better in class or while you do your homework? Yoga poses can help. But meditation and breathing really round out those benefits."



MEDITATION APPS FOR TEENS

Stop, Breathe & Think 
As the site explains: "Learn to apply kindess and compassion in your daily life."  With this app, you will "practice mindful BREATHING to create space between your thoughts, emotions and reactions." You will learn to put your life on pause so that you can "broaden your perspective and strengthen your force field of peace and calm by practicing one of the meditations." Start the app, select the words that describe how you are feeling, and the app will recommend a guided meditation to address those feelings. 
 

Smiling Mind
An app designed exclusively to bring clarity, calm, and contentment to teenagers.
 

Take A Break!
Short, guided meditations meant for addressing stress relief. Follow the link and you will also be given a list of additional meditation-related apps that can be downloaded.
 

Insight Meditation Timer 
App contains guided meditative sessions, customizable features for tracking your sessions, ambient sounds and bells, and even a journal.  
     

 Angry? Feeling fatigued? 

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20 Super-Healthy Smoothie Recipes
On the go?  Can't stand eating breakfast so early in the morning?  
Mix it up and guarantee you get the nutrients and protein you need for
staying active and focused by trying these healthy smoothie recipes. 


Eating Tips for Teenagers
DID YOU KNOW: Teenagers who consume a steady diet of fast food risk putting on weight faster than if they consumed such food on occasion.  
To build strong bones and increase your intake of necessary nutrients, your diet needs to be made up of healthy meals and snacks.  
Can you splurge?  Can you still enjoy your favorite junk/snack foods?  Of course!  
Learning to eat sensibly does not mean you need to go to extremes and become a health food freak.  
Just snack and eat junk food in moderation.


Healthy Eating for Teens
A varied and balanced diet is necessary to ensure your growing and developing body acquires all the energy and nutrients it needs. 


USDA: Choose My Plate
Before you eat, consider what you will be putting in your cup, your bowl, or your plate.  
Use this United States Department of Agriculture site to address the five food groups necessary for a healthy diet.


Teenage Exercise & Fitness
You're young and you have an active metabolism, but if you're interested in staying fit, it doesn't mean you can't have fun.  
You just need to stay active: p lay some volleyball; go dancing, kayaking, hiking, biking, walking...  
Life is too short to be stuck inside.


12 Sneaky Ways to Exercise
You're in class for several hours; you get home and you sit for hours doing homework.  
Maybe you enjoy chilling out watching your favorite program or playing your favorite game.  Still, it helps to get up and be active.
By engaging in these creative activities, your disposition on life will change; stress will melt away, and you will find your ability to focus improve.  


Mindfulness for Teens: Guided Meditations
Discover your inner strength; reduce your stress and anxiety.  Use meditation to center yourself
by finding balance and focus in all the chaos surrounding you.  
This site provides guided meditation instruction through a series of recordings.  Try it.  It will change your life.


Teens Health: Yoga Meditation and Breathing
Per their website:
 
"Most people think of yoga as poses and exercises that make the body more flexible and strong.
But what many don't know is that meditation and breathing are important parts of yoga.Want to manage your anger
so you don't feel you're always on the verge of blowing up? Want to feel less stressed and juggle all the things going on in your life?
Need to focus better in class or while you do your homework? Yoga poses can help. But meditation and breathing really round out those benefits."


MEDITATION APPS FOR TEENS
Stop, Breathe & Think 
As the site explains: "Learn to apply kindess and compassion in your daily life."  With this app, you will "practice
mindful BREATHING to create space between your thoughts, emotions and reactions." You will learn to put your life on pause
so that you can "broaden your perspective and strengthen your force field of peace and calm by practicing one of the meditations." 
Start the app, select the words that describe how you are feeling, and the app will recommend a guided meditation to address those feelings. 
 
Smiling Mind
An app designed exclusively to bring clarity, calm, and contentment to teenagers.
 
Take A Break!
Short, guided meditations meant for addressing stress relief. Follow the link and you will also be given a list
of additional meditation-related apps that can be downloaded.
 
Insight Meditation Timer 
App contains guided meditative sessions, customizable features for tracking your sessions,
ambient sounds and bells, and even a journal.  ​
     ​

Teenage female eating salad