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We often think of toddlers as fussy eaters, but it turns out pre-teens and teens can give them a run for their money. They’ll eat anything in their path in some ways, but getting them to make healthy choices regarding their diet is an entirely different story. Pre-teen and teen-aged kids are active and burning many calories in a day, so focusing on ingredients that provide energy and satiety throughout the day is a good start. Food and beverage options that offer positive health benefits like protein, calcium, and immunity support in formats that kids and teens are excited about can help parents make sure their hungry teen is well taken care of.
Important Nutrients Include1
- Vitamin D
The pandemic has had an effect on some of the choices parents make regarding at home snacking. 53% of households with kids are snacking more since the pandemic, compared to only 38% of households without kids. 85% of parents said they have bought healthier snack options to have on hand at home, compared to only 66% of households without kids1.
High quality, natural ingredients and nutrient rich are the top two factors most important to parents. More than 3 in 4 parents (77%) indicated they were aware of the amount of protein their child had consumed. Even more were aware of fiber. Fiber and calcium were the top two nutritional aspects parents were aware of.2
The leading micronutrients in product launches designed specifically for kids are3:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin B3
- Vitamin B1