With so many families on the run, snacking fills us between meals and sometimes in place of meals.
The dinner hour is a thing of the past for many families, because of our busy lifestyles eating mini-meals are more common.
Many turn to cookies, candies and chips to satisfy their between meal hunger and fast food when there is no time for cooking.
Some trick themselves into believing the sugar-filled protein bar they consume is actually a healthy snack.
Instant breakfast with sugar as the first ingredient is not a healthy start to the day, nor is a blow of sugared cereal. Yet, many kids begin their day with these quick breakfast “foods.”
Dani snacks on sugar snap peas…YUM!
With childhood obesity a national problem, snacking comes under the spotlight in a new study. What appears to be some good news comes from NPD Group, a global provider of consumer and retail market research. They say the top three fastest-growing snack choices are fruit, cheese and yogurt. Notice, these are not the top snacks, but top “fastest-growing” snacks.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy to see that some are choosing healthy snacking, but this study doesn’t claim that most people are eating whole foods as snacks.
Snacking can be a healthy choice when your snack is real food: fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts and dairy. You don’t have to resort to junk food when a salty or sweet craving hits, if your kitcehn is stocked with healthy snacks. Make whole foods are your default snack or even a mini-meal when you’re on the run.
You’ll Be Prepared For Your Next Snack Attack
1. When You Crave Something Salty:
Beef or tuna jerky
Sesame or pumpkin seeds
Carrot sticks and hummus
Parmesan cheese slices or mozzarella string cheese
2. When You Crave Something Sweet:
Raisins and walnuts
Yogurt sweetened with fruit only jam
Banana chips or other dried fruit
Frozen fruit Popsicle
Frozen banana or grapes
2. When You Crave Something Crunchy:
Fruit: apples, pears, grapes, etc.
Avocado dip with veggies:
Radishes, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, bell pepper sticks, snap peas, celery and carrots
Baby carrots and cherry tomatoes
Yogurt topped with crunchy Ezechiel cereal
Whole grain crackers and almond butter
Peanut butter on a stalk of celery