Article written by Sarah Lintner
As a little girl, my mother used to tell me, “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a peasant.” The new normal now, is to forget the meals, and just snack all day. The American attitude towards this would be, “We eat what we want, when we want. No more of this breakfast, lunch, and dinner stuff.”
Tenth grade Viera High student, Eli Robinson, states, “I would rather eat all day, then sit down and have meals. I’m always hungry.”
These may seem like quirky eating habits, but they’re evolving into lifetime traits. The numbers are mind-blowing. At least thirty-five percent of the meals eaten aren’t meals at all, but snacks, reports consultancy The Kruse Company. Four in ten people snack more than once daily, reports research firm Technomic, and only five percent of all consumers eat three square meals a day.
Protein tends to play a starring role at mealtimes. Adults in the U.S. are encouraged to get ten percent to thirty-five percent of their day’s calories from protein foods. That’s about forty-six grams of protein for women, and fifty-six grams of protein for men, reports The Kruse Company. Snacks won’t do the trick to fill your body with nutrients. Twelfth grade Viera High student Steffaney Ross wrote, “I eat healthy foods just for nutrients.”
The benefits of snacking are
◾Prevents you from getting too hungry so that you overeat at meals
◾Provides a time to get some extra nutrients, especially from fruits and vegetables
◾Helps keep your energy even throughout the day
◾Important for babies, toddlers, and young children who don’t eat much in a sitting
The best choice to keep you at a sturdy weight would be to have small meals with a few snacks in between. Make snacks a combination of carbs (fruits and veggies), protein (egg, cheese, yogurt, nuts or nut butter, lean meat), and fat (included in the protein foods mentioned). This combination keeps you satisfied and maintains energy levels.