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|Wed, 01-21-2009 - 1:44pm|
My teen (14) is in a healthy bodybuilding type phase, he's not bulking up in a weird way, but is very invested in getting healthier and lifting weights and such. A side effect of this is that he's a bit obsessed with his "diet". I use quotation marks because I'm trying to get him to LOSE that word, it drives me bonkers as he doesn't need to lose weight and he's all into comparing calories and limiting his caloric intake.
Mom, being so old and foolish knows nothing of course! Despite the fact that I've spent 25 years in the medical field often working with people who were doing exactly what he is doing (building muscle mass). Anyway, he's intent on limiting his intake and choosing healthier foods, the second part of which I am very much in support of.
What I consider my role is to provide healthier choices, and I'm struggling with how to get enough protein in him for snack foods. They eat healthy meals, it's the in between I am having trouble supporting. We don't do a lot of junk or chips except for when we have large groups of kids, so that's not the issue, but he seems to really NEED to snack in between meals, and I want to have high protein stuff around he can do himself. We eat way too much bread in this family (d'oh, who's always baking that stuff??), so nothing that includes breads or carbs really.
An example: I made a lunch of grilled (no oil) tortilla wraps with no fat turkey and some cheese, goldfish crackers, then he had an apple, some applesauce, and some yogurt. He's still hungry, I think because there's not enough protein in there.
What are some good high protein snacks for a growing teen? Easily accessible, not expensive, low in sugar so my daughter can also partake (she's my sugar hound).