he traditional meal structure of breakfast, lunch and dinner
has gone the way of the dinosaur as more and more Americans
prefer to nosh all day long. We do it in the car, on the train, in
front of the TV, on the phone, even in bed.
In fact, according to a survey by global marketing research firm
Mintel, a whopping 94% of Americans snack at least once a day,
including the 50% who nosh three to four times daily. For many
of us, snacking has become so automatic that our briefcases, desk
drawers and glove compartments are stashed with quick food fixes.
What’s driving the trend?
“People are too busy to sit down and eat a meal,” says Amanda
Topper, senior food analyst with Mintel. Boomers nosh because
they don’t want to prepare a big meal to eat alone. Millennials
choose grab-and-go snacks because they’re constantly on the move.
And the sandwich generation munches throughout the day because
they need fuel to navigate the needs of kids and aging parents.
But at the same time as we’re ditching the idea of sitting
down to dinner, we’re also committed to nourishing our bodies
with real, wholesome, farm-to-table ingredients. The demand for
healthful and nutritious options rather than processed chemical-
packed food is climbing. And snack purveyors are rising to the
challenge, crafting healthful, artisan eats boasting nutrient-rich
ingredients ranging from nuts and seeds to organic, non-GMO
grains. Even eggplant, kale, olives and beans are making their
way into snack packages.
From paleo to macrobiotic and gluten-free to non-GMO,
today’s snack space appears to have everything. Here are five
dayParT snack attack