TAG: Snacks

What Influences Kids’ Food Selections

What Influences Kids’ Food Selections

What shoppers purchase and why is always of interest to the retail industry and market researchers. Packaging, placement and other marketing tactics have a major influence on customers, even the youngest of consumers. But choices at the grocery store aren’t always predetermined at the place of purchase. They may actually be internally programmed long before arriving at the market. An article and webcast called Why We Overeat: The Toxic Food Environment and Obesity from Harvard’s School of Public Health discussed the food environment, which includes all aspects related to food in our daily lives. From what we are offered at… read more

Dark Chocolate Dips Give Snacks A Kick

Dark Chocolate Dips Give Snacks A Kick

The benefits of dark chocolate consumption are widely known, and many foods are favorite go-tos for coating in it. However, beyond the chocolate dipped strawberry and other popular choices, there are a few deliciously strange recipes floating around that offer an unexpected twist. Below are some interesting ideas for unusual things to try dipping in chocolate that will make snack time an experience for the taste-testing palate. After dipping, place items on parchment or wax paper laid out on a platter. Chill in the refrigerator or freeze for a few minutes until the chocolate is set. Spicy chocolate dipped pineapples… read more

Homemade Healthier Fruit Snacks

Homemade Healthier Fruit Snacks

If you have a sweet weakness for fruit snacks or know someone who does, try making homemade gummies. They are fairly simple to make and only a few ingredients are required. Packaged fruit snacks can include genetically modified additives, chemical preservatives, artificial flavors and synthetic coloring. Most are made with only nominal amounts of real fruit, and if they contain gelatin it may come from a questionable source. Making your own allows quality control, and after experimenting with the following basic recipes you can come up with a tailor made favorite. Use easy to remove molds or a baking pan… read more

Junk Food Swap Outs

Junk Food Swap Outs

Many snack  favorites can be less than ideal on the healthy rating scale. Luckily there are replacement ingredients for the not so good ones that let you still have the food without all of the worry. The following are a few swap out suggestions for some popular snack originals that are known to be suspect for their low nutritional value or chemical production processes. Microwave popcorn is a convenient snack staple; however that bag contains a lengthy list of items that aren’t just popcorn kernels. In addition to some brands being made with partially hydrogenated oil this fast food has… read more

Effects of a Prepackaged Society

Effects of a Prepackaged Society

Children need regular, healthy foods to develop properly. However, when snack time comes around and good choices are not available they will normally choose the most easily accessed items, which can sometimes include prepackaged foods. Children can also adopt the “there’s nothing to eat” syndrome when looking for something to snack on and there aren’t easy to grab, kid centered options. The U.S. in particular has been scrutinized for offering foods to children that are mostly nutritionally deficient even in places where they need a health boost the most, like at school. School lunches in general have been under a… read more

Top Ten Nuts To Eat

Top 10 Nuts to Eat

Nuts are high in protein and ‘good’ fats that reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes. Here are the specific benefits of commonly sourced nuts which should be included in your daily diet. Macadamia – High in monounsaturated fat, which also makes them high in calories. Macadamias are a great source of protein, calcium, potassium and dietary fibre and are low in sodium. Pecan – Pecans are a good source of thiamin, magnesium, iron, zinc and vitamin E. They also contain fibre and anti-antioxidants. Hazelnut – Hazelnuts contain Tontain, the plant enzyme, which helps to lower cholesterol. Hazelnuts have… read more

Glass Jars Are Food Perfect and Portable

Glass Jars Are Food Perfect and Portable

People in the U.S. alone toss out the paper and plastic equivalent in cups and utensils to go around the equator 300 times per year. Meals on the go and picnicking can create a lot of packaging and food waste. Canning jars can reduce this waste and are perfect for storing, transporting and serving foods. These reusable glass jars come in a variety of sizes and last for years. Commonly referred to as Mason jars as these were the pioneering product, many other named brands are available. Though glass, they are durable and do not break easily. If properly transferred they… read more

Power Bars: Snacks Or Sweets?

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Power bars, or granola and protein bars make claims of improving health and boosting energy. Most commercial protein bars contain genetically modified ingredients, including soy protein isolate, while granola bars are little healthier, if at all, than your typical candy bar. Most brands depict their products as super foods using nature as its source, when really they are just encasing healthy ingredient like whole oats and fruit in cane syrup. And don’t be fooled by ingredients like barley malt syrup, which despite having ‘barley’ in its name bears no more health benefits than one would find in table sugar. While this can be disconcerting, there are still a few power… read more

Fake ‘Healthy Food’ Labels

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Some food producers have noticed that camouflaging simple snacks with a healthier label will help them sale, particularly producers of processed foods. They have figured out that adding certain healthy sounding or looking labels to their products might make them seem more nutritious than they actually are. Most companies have become so deceptive that the average shopper does not know the difference. Grist.org put together a list of some of the most deceptive labels that might seem like they are advertising a healthy product, but in fact, aren’t. Here are some things to keep an eye out for: Enriched: The… read more

Skin Savers

Save Your Skin

Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant and could prevent a range of diseases as it helps build red blood cells. It also plays a vital role in maintaining your body’s biggest organ, the skin. Some of the foods that can boost your levels of Vitamin E can be tasty snacks, such as raw sunflower seeds, pine nuts, peanuts or almonds. All unsalted of course. All beautiful leafy green vegetables are an excellent source of Vitamin E and act as the body’s primary fat-soluable antioxidant. They can be steamed or stir fried as a quick addition to the dinner plate. Broccolli is a… read more