There are thousands of snack food
products made in California. Snacks may
one day take over and replace the
traditional meal, in fact. The trend for
growth in snacks is strong, as consumers
with less money to spend continue to
spend more of what they have on snacks.
For those who want to use the snack as a
source of nutrition and health, below
are several snack tips, plus some snack
Nearly 50% of Americans snack at
least two times a day, almost double
those who snacked in 2010.
More cupcake, ice cream and cookie
shops make snacking easier but less
Women are most likely to make
unhealthy choices late at night—more
than three times a week on average!
Americans snack most often during
the mid-morning and mid-afternoon as a
result of the dreaded energy drain.
U.S. retail sales of packaged
snacks generate nearly $64 billion in
a single year.
Going long stretches between meals
without snacking can cause blood sugar
to drop, setting off cravings and
causing you to overindulge later. The
biggest cause of overeating is
SNACK TIPS: The
perfect snack should be packed with
nutrition but fewer than 200 calories
Plan well-portioned, healthy
snacks ahead of time.
Stash snacks within reach so you
don't break the calorie bank.
Carry a snack pack with you (in
purse, car, gym bag, etc.)
Nonperishable snacks with
substance like instant oatmeal,
almonds, pretzels or dried fruit can
be pepped up with cheese, yogurt,
apples and grapes.
Pick energy bars wisely--look for
a minimum of 3-5 grams of fiber, 5-10
grams of protein, and maximum of 20
grams of sugar. Avoid high fat &
saturated fat content.
A handful of almonds (1 ounce or
23 almonds) contains 160 calories, 3.5
grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein.
Almonds, walnuts, pecans, peanuts, and
cashews contain healthy
monounsaturated fats that lower
cholesterol and reduce the risk of
heart disease. They won't raise blood
sugar as much as crackers or pretzels
On the road, opt for pre-packaged
vegetables and dip, edamame, fruit and
cheese combos, baked snacks or nutty
trail mixes, rather than heavily
processed rolls, breads, chicken
nuggets, burgers and shakes.
Snack bars that use whole,
unprocessed ingredients are perfect
for stashing in your carry-on baggage.
Bottled vegetable juices contain
nutrients and fiber in a pinch--just
be careful about added sugar.