Teen Health Course 3

Chapter 10: Nutrition for Health

Student Web Activities - Lesson 4 - Smart Snacking

Smart Snacking


Your body is growing during adolescence, and it's natural to be hungry a lot of the time. You may be tempted to just grab some fast food to satisfy your hunger, but there's a better way to get the nutrients you need when choosing snacks. Many fast foods have a lot of fat, sugar, and salt, and do not provide the sustained energy your body needs. On the Web site below, you will learn the ABCs of healthy snacking along with some simple ideas for healthy snacks.

Link to explore : American Heart Association



  • Start at the American Heart Association Web site.
  • Read through the page on Snacking, and then go to the Diet & Nutrition link, Nutrition Facts, and click on the Caffeine and Calcium links to read the articles there.
  • Take notes as you read.
  • When you are done reading, answer the questions below.
  • Finally, using the information from the links, make a list of snacks you would like to make and carry with you during the day.

Name three healthy snacks you could choose when you are looking for something crunchy.
What four healthy beverages can quench your thirst and provide needed nutrients?
How can you satisfy your sweet-tooth with snacks suggested in this article?
What are two metabolic effects your body experiences from the caffeine in coffee, tea, soft drinks, and chocolate?
When choosing snacks, what is the recommendation for daily intake of calcium for children and adolescents that you should remember?
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