A snack is a small portion of food usually eaten between two meals. Snacks come in a variety of forms. They include packaged snack foods, processed foods, and food made from common fresh ingredients easily found in a typical home.
Snacks include various items, such as fruits, leftovers from full food meals, nuts, sandwiches, sweets, lunch meats, and nankeens, which are concoctions of different spices with dried ingredients, generally fried. Processed food products such as ice creams, candy, popcorn, chips, cookies, et cetera containing sweeteners, preservatives, and additional tasty ingredients such as chocolate, peanuts and artificial and natural flavors, are also common snack items. Processed items may last long, and are not as perishable as natural and homemade snacks since they have preservatives added. Beverages like coffee also accompany snacks at times.
Snacks are not meant to be as large as regular meals but serve as instant bursts of energy before a proper meal. Packaged snacks serve as easy nutritious boosts of energy, and are easy to carry and preserve as well. You are recommended, however, to understand the benefits and nutritional value of snacks. Confectionary snacks, especially sugary beverages, and sweet products may increase the calorie intake of a person. But if kept under check, snacks are both delicious, and an easy way to go through the day without starving yourself waiting for the meal. It is not recommended to starve yourself as the body’s energy needs may differ depending upon the kind of effort done each day.
Healthy snacks have significant vitamin content, low saturated fat, and low added sugars and sodium content. This makes them nutritious as well as keeps the daily diet of a person balanced. A balanced diet is more effective in ensuring good health than any specific kind of food. Healthy snacks include whole grain food items, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, dairy products with low-fat content such as lean cheese, hard-boiled eggs, and lean meats. Consuming these items over snacks with high-calorie and low-nutrients is a good idea to keep the calorie intake under control and avoid obesity.
Healthy snacks help one bring more discipline in the number of times they eat each day. Planning when to eat snacks also helps. This helps to avoid overeating. Low saturated fat content ensures the snacks do not harm you in the long term or make you fat. Antioxidants help to improve the body’s metabolism. Healthy snacks, thus, are an effective means of ensuring good health while also satisfying the basic objective– small bursts of energy whenever needed.