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Smart SnackingDid you know that the average American gets 24% of their total daily calories – or more than 500 total per day – from foods they call a “snack?”

“Snacks” sometimes have a negative image, as the source of unnecessary or poor quality calories. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Some people prefer to eat in a small-meal, snacking format throughout the day, rather than the more traditional pattern of three meals a day. And when eating in this way, it’s extremely important to think about the quality of the food eaten – making sure the snack is balanced with fiber, protein and/or healthy fats.

With that in mind, below are a few smart snack options from Daisy Cottage Cheese that will give your shoppers the nutrients and energy they need:

  • Cottage cheese and berries. With 13 grams of protein per ½ cup, Daisy Cottage Cheese delivers the goods. Topping cottage cheese with the berries is an excellent combination of nutrients and fiber to fuel your customers throughout the day. To add a different flavor and texture, spread the mixture on top of whole wheat crackers.

  • Hummus and Veggies. This is a favorite combination. The fiber, fat and protein in the hummus complements any veggie perfectly. To make it super simple, point your shoppers to bags of baby carrots so there’s no peeling, cutting or slicing.

  • Hardboiled eggs and an orange. Whole eggs offer around six grams of protein per egg while the orange offers a few grams of fiber, in addition to a variety of vitamins and minerals. Together they’re very satiating and help “bridge the gap” to give a little dose of energy between meals.

  • Nut butter and apple. This pair is like cookies and milk; nut butter is a perfect partner to the apple. The duo makes an ideal combination of protein, fat, and fiber. For those with nut allergies, sunflower seed butter works just as well.

  • Trail mix. For the ultimate in on-the-go snacks, try homemade trail mix. Premade mixes are available, or you can encourage your shoppers to get a little creative and have better control of their nutritional intake by mixing up their own favorite combinations of nuts along with a little dried fruit. A 2:1 ratio of nuts to dried fruit works well.

Remind your customers that the key with snacking is that the snacks are purposeful, instead of mindless, and that they include the satiating combination of protein, fiber and healthy fats.

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