Entering the Teenage Years
*This post is done in partnership with OLLY
Hard to believe, but I am entering the stage of life with a teenage girl!
I am still wrapping my head around it, but I am so excited for this stage. From the moment the ultrasound tech told me there was a little girl hiding inside, I envisioned how we would be going places together, chitchatting about life and sharing secrets. Let me tell you, now that I get to do that with her, it’s beyond awesome. It’s like having your bestie with you 24/7. All I want is to nourish and cherish this relationship so that it grows through the years to come.
It definitely is an unknown place for me as a mom. I feel like I’ve sort of mastered the area of babyhood. After all, 7 rounds with a newborn do have some impact, but this teenage space is completely new to me. I’ve been reading all I possibly can to educate myself on all things a teenage girl needs, apart from mental and emotional support. I remembered those years being a challenge for me. With a girl’s body going through some tremendous changes, nutrition is one of the biggest and most important keys to a smooth ride.
Here are a few key points to keep in mind about physical and nutritional needs for developing tween and teen girls:
Exercise and vitamin D is important for the bone health and emotional health too. Sun is the best source of vitamin D, but don’t forget the sunscreen!
Protein is extremely important for your teen’s growth and development. It helps to build, repair and maintain the tissues in your teen’s body. I believe that sources are equally important, animal and plant ones, for a developing girl. Lean meats, beans or protein smoothies are all great choices!
Improper intake of iron can lead to anemia and fatigue. Iron’s main function is to supply oxygen to muscles, to fuel proper brain functioning and help in developing the immune system for fighting diseases. Teenage girls need at least 15 mg of iron a day. Food is always great, but iron can be tough to metabolize. Remember that the body absorbs iron best in tandem with vitamin C.
Calcium - it’s important to have a diet rich in calcium, coming from animal and plant sources alike. Both have their functions and are processed by the body differently.
Vitamins - I think this is one of the most important parts of a growing teenager because they are picky eaters or are simply have too much going on and are too busy to get all they need via food. Modern life is very busy and schedules are often overbooked.
As far as vitamins go, the best vitamin up to date, that I have found for teens, is OLLY nutrition newest OLLY Girl. Olly is a constant addition to our smoothies and treats ( do you, guy, remember the ice-cream we made?), which I love for its ingredients and the way our bodies respond to it.
OLLY Girl is a new addition to the vitamin family that I gave Nadya as a first token of her entering this new stage of womanhood. Why this vitamin vs any other? Because it’s formulated for the girls, with the need of the growing girls in mind. Kind of similar to the concept of taking prenatal vitamin vs regular vitamin during pregnancy, because the needs of the body are very specific during this state. OLLY Girl falls into that category too. In a nutshell: A daily multivitamin expertly blended to support the unique health and nutritional needs of vibrant teenage girls.
Vitamins A, C & E + Zinc help fight free radicals to support clear, healthy skin from the inside out.
Biotin supports the production of keratin, an essential protein for shiny hair and strong nails.
A boost of Vitamin B12 supports cellular energy production.
Vitamin D & Calcium work together to support strong bodies and bones.
Vitamins C & D + Zinc give her immune system a little love to help her stay healthy
Brilliant B’s support your cell’s ability to generate energy and keep you feeling fine.
No artificial colors or flavors and gluten-free
A little peek into our afternoon with Nadya in our photo stories! Elia tagged along too, which I thought was adorable. I looked at Elia and tried to imagine what it will be like to have her be a mini-adult, but had no success just yet.
I think I will take one tender “olly girl” ( aka teenager) at a time for now!