Just a few decades ago, a snack was a plate of freshly baked cookies and a glass of milk for hungry kids just home from school.
Times have changed.
Today, a whopping 90 percent of adults say they eat snacks every day — and, studies show, a huge number of us are choosing snacks over regular meals three to four times each week.
This is especially true of millennials, who, like many busy grown-ups, love the ease of grab-and-go snack foods and are driving the snack-at-mealtime trend.
Snacking at mealtime is fine if you’re grabbing healthy options. But noshing on chips and soda doesn’t pack much nutritional value. Nor will it keep you feeling full and satisfied — and that can lead to more snacking.
Here are six ways to be sure your snacks are nutritious and satisfying:
1. Choose a healthier chip.
If you love chips, go for the whole grain, baked types and dip them into hummus. Or make your own dip by adding a little onion soup mix into plain Greek yogurt.
The hummus and yogurt add protein that will help you feel more satisfied.
2. Grab some raw veggies.
Better yet, ditch the chips and dunk chopped carrots, cucumber, jicama, and sugar snap peas into your dip or yogurt. It packs more crunch and a wealth of nutrients and fiber.