Many teens spend a lot of time eating away from home. Here’s going out to restaurants with friends, social events, and school lunches, so it’s easy to worry whether they will make healthy choices when it comes to food. Teaching your teens to be mindful of what they eat when they’re not at home is the big step toward helping them make healthy food choices. Below are four strategies you can use to teach mindful eating to your teens.
Teach your teens how to maintain healthy eating habits outside of their own home by setting an example, teaching portion control, providing them with healthy foods, and teaching them what a healthy, well-balanced meal looks like. As a result, your teens will be mindful eaters when they’re on their own.
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