Gourmet Snacking Made Easy04 October, 2016
Millennials are reshaping food culture by opting for snacks over the traditional three meals per day. They snack significantly more than any other generation with an average of 3.05 snacks consumed per day compared to 2.26 snacks consumed daily by generation X, 1.53 by baby boomers, and 1 by adults older than 63 years.
Not only are millennials snacking more, they are demanding gourmet snacks and an expanded variety in flavors and ingredients. Ho Ho’s and flaming hot Cheetos are being replaced with organic dark chocolate pistachio clusters and chipotle black bean chips from the local farmer’s market.
Eating is no longer a means of getting sustenance. It’s an experience and Millennials crave something innovative and unique (think food trucks, wine and cheese pairings, and online dinner meet ups).
Millennials also want healthier snack options and are more likely to read nutrition labels before making a purchase. They are choosing fresh, unprocessed snacks lower in calories, hydrogenated oils, and added salt.
Even with intentions of choosing healthy snacks, it’s easy to be tricked by unbalanced snacks—Millennial or not. The key is to shoot for snacks offering around 200 calories with at least half of the calories coming from protein and healthy fats to keep you full and satisfied and the other half coming from carbohydrate to supply the body with energy.
Healthy snacks can still be innovative and unique. Try some of these balanced, gourmet snacks:
- Endive and Carrots + Roaster Red Pepper Hummus
- Berries and Granola + Greek Yogurt
- Fresh Pear Slices + Brie Cheese
- Dried Mango Chunks + Dried Edamame
- Rice Cake + Peanut Butter and Honey
- Balsamic Vinegar & Basil Triscuits + Mozzarella Cheese Slices
- Sprouted-Grain Toast + Avocado & Tomato (Ezekiel bread is my favorite.)
- Green Apple Slices + Almond Butter & Sea Salt
- Blueberries + Spicy Pumpkin Seeds
Food Navigator. Millennials are driving snack growth and reshaping how Americans eat: http://www.foodnavigator-usa.com/R-D/Millennials-drive-snack-growth-reshape-how-Americans-eat-Euromonitor
The Hartman Group. Culture of Food: New Appetites, New Routines 2015: http://store.hartman-group.com/culture-of-food-2015-new-appetites-new-routines/