America Is a Nation of Snackers, so Snack Like a Pro

Berries keep your brain sharp. (Image: pixabay.com)
Berries keep your brain sharp. (Image: pixabay.com)

America is a nations of snackers. That’s right, most of people in the united States spend more money on snacks than on groceries overall.

Of course, the reason for snacking goes far deeper than hunger between meals. With the average full time employee working 47 hrs a week, many juggling multiple jobs and in many cases both parents working, family life and life in general has become hectic, leaving almost no time for sitting down and enjoying a homemade full meal at the table 3 times a day.

Bye bye American pie, desserts are disappearing from our habits, while snacking is taking the main role.

The American sweet tooth is disappearing along with family meals, with 9 in 10 Millennials not having dessert with dinner (if they have dinner at all). In its stead, snacks are taking the place of full meals.

Snacking Can Be a Healthy Habit Too

Before you get tempted by salty, fatty, or sugar-loaded snacks, here is how nutritionists snack at work. Realsimple.com released a compilation of healthy snacks nutritionists eat at work, and here you have my top pics.

Pita Pocket Tuna

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Pita bread. (Image: etringita via Compfight cc)

Lakatos Shames suggests making a snack with seal-pack tuna in water on half of a whole-wheat pita pocket. The whole-wheat pita provides fiber and carbs for energy on top of the protein in the tuna that will keep you satisfied longer, all with just 70 to 80 calories.

Roasted Chickpeas

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Roasted chickpeas. (Image:Akane86 via Compfight cc)

Chick peas, also known as garbanzo beans, are a good source of satisfying protein and fiber. “These are different, fun to eat, and provide long-lasting energy with the fiber-filled quality carb and protein combo,” says Lakatos.

If you can’t find packaged roasted chickpeas in a store, here is a recipe to make your own.

Nut Butter and Banana on Bread

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Bananas and nut butter on bread. (Image: Nicholas Erwin via Compfight cc)

This snack tastes like a treat and gives you energy until your next meal without the crash that many sugary bars give.

Oatmeal and Peanut Butter

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Oatmeal and peanut butter with fruit. (Image: pixabay.com)

Majorie Nolan Cohn‘s snack option is oatmeal and peanut butter. “I keep rolled oats and a jar of natural peanut butter in my office so it’s always available,” says Nolan. Scoop ½ cup of rolled oats into a mug and add hot water and a tablespoon of peanut butter. The whole grain oats are high in filling fiber, the peanut butter offers a punch of protein, and the warmth is really comforting on a cold day, she says.

Fresh Green Beans

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Freash raw green beans. (Image: pixabay.com)

If you are having a crunchy craving, green beans are your option. “I like this snack because not only is it very simple to pack and assemble, you also feel accomplished by eating vegetables outside of your main meals,” says Dana White.

Pair these with hummus for a snack that fills you up for longer.

Chicken Salad

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Fresh chicken salad. (Image: pixabay.com)

Mitzi Dulan suggests the Cranberry Almond Chicken Salad by Good Foods, as it is delicious and comes in single serving containers—ideal for taking to work,  she says.

Of course, any salad will work as long as it is not loaded with a high calorie dressing. For healthy salad recipes, take a look here.

Greek Yogurt Parfait

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Greek youghurt parfait. (Image: pixabay.com)

Dana White suggests combining plain low-fat Greek yogurt topped with about ¼ cup of unsweetened dry whole oats, nuts, and wheat flake mix (muesili).

You can make this snack more versatile by adding cinnamon, berries, and/or nuts.

 

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