Putting Your Teen On A Junk Food Detox?

Urvashi Shah
11 to 16 years

Created by Urvashi Shah
Updated on Apr 26, 2021

Putting Your Teen On A Junk Food Detox
Reviewed by Expert panel

Putting your teen on a junk food detox can be a daunting task, as it is the time when your child’s hormones are raging and anything you say falls on deaf ears. So how do you put your teen on a junk food detox? The answer is subtly – without him or her letting know that you are doing it.

10 Things To Know Before Putting Your Teen On A Junk Food Detox

  1. Frequent snacking: So your teen has a habit of frequent snacking and that’s when he or she reaches out for junk food. Replace the junk food with fresh fruits and veggies like carrots and cucumbers
  2. Set a schedule: Your teen is old enough to know that there are set meal timings and ensure that schedule is followed stringently without fail. Set a fixed time for breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner where you can only serve the healthy variety of home cooked foods and drinks
  3. Say no to sugared drinks: Not just food, even certain drinks are considered unhealthy which is why you must refrain your child from consuming them frequently. Teach him to say a big ‘NO’ to canned juices and you can often prepare fruits and vegetable juices at home without adding sugars in them. It is better that your child eats the fruits more rather than consuming their juices, which adds on to the sugar levels that will not be healthy in the long run
  4. Hydrate: Make it a habit for your child to drink water frequently, which will keep his or her stomach filled most of the time. The more water he or she drinks, the more glowing his or her skin will be
  5. Check the ingredients while buying: Be smart with your purchases and avoid buying processed foods with high sugar and salt content it them
  6. Homemade pizzas are better: Once in a while satisfy your child’s cravings with homemade junk food that includes pizzas, burgers and any other that he or she craves
  7. Go vegetarian: Our body can naturally detoxify itself when given the right nutrients, which are mostly found in plants. This is why you must serve more of leafy vegetables to your child that are enriched rich in vitamins and minerals. Initially he or she may resist, but be firm and your teen will come around to a healthy diet
  8. Wash your veggies and fruits: Going on a detox diet doesn’t only mean having organic foods. It all starts by first washing your fruits and vegetables before cooking or consuming them. Teach this habit to your child which will help him or her in the long run
  9. Add fibre to your diet: Feed your child more of food which contains high amount of fibres. This will help him or her with digestion and will keep any stomach issues at bay
  10. Be flexible: Be flexible about the junk food detox diet, as being too strict about it can backfire. Keep a cheat day once a week where your child can indulge in his favourite foods at least one time a day

These tips will come handy to you in to tricking your toddler eat the right kind of food for a healthy tomorrow.

This content has been checked & validated by Doctors and Experts of the parentune Expert panel. Our panel consists of Neonatologist, Gynecologist, Peadiatrician, Nutritionist, Child Counselor, Education & Learning Expert, Physiotherapist, Learning disability Expert and Developmental Pead.

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| Jan 04, 2018

amazing tips to put our teen on a junk food detox. it would be followed more seriously if all family members practise it together. thanks for sharing!

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| Mar 30, 2018

Superb .... very Helpful

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| Apr 16, 2018

Is your child a junk food addict who loves to eat burgers and pizzas? Junk food can seem appealing for many reasons such as taste, convenience, and price. However, this has a negative impact on health

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| Feb 08, 2019

yh we should keep good n interesting option infront of them,than only they will indulge less in junk foods. My daughter is a great lover of fruits, I gave it in snack times,and nuts also.

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| May 11, 2020


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