Question: How Many Calories Does My Tween Need Each Day?
The answer is simple: it depends. Generally, tweens need between 1500 and 1800 calories a day, but may need more if the tween is physically active or is going through a growth spurt. What's more important, is that your tween eat the daily recommended amount of healthy foods each day, to make sure that the calories he's taking in are packed with energy, vitamins, and minerals. All the things he'll need to grow into a healthy teen.
When feeding your tween, try to aim for:
- 6 oz. of grains each day (at least half should be whole grains)
- 2 1/2 cups of vegetables each day
- 1 1/2 cups of fruit each day
- 3 cups of milk
- and 5 ounces of meat or beans
In addition, it's important to know your tween's eating habits, and how to break unhealthy habits in order to make room for healthy, nutritious foods.