Yay for snacks! They can satisfy cravings, help you watch your weight, boost your metabolism, and even help you deal with sadness. Whatever your mood, there is a snack for you. So, let’s take advantage of National Snack Month in February. Hoard your favorite snacks and munch away. Snacking doesn’t always have to be unhealthy. In fact, it can be a great way to eat more proteins, fiber, and fruits — thereby helping your body stay in shape. Happy snacking!
National Snack Food Month - History
Kids are snacking more
A study showed that children in the U.S. snacked six times per day. That was twice as often as American children in the 1970s.
Candy goes to war
Hershey's invented M&M's so that it could send some heat-resistant chocolates to soldiers in World War II.
The accidental cookie
When Ruth Graves, a restaurant owner in Massachusetts, added pieces of chocolates to her cookie mix, hoping they would melt, little did she know that her failed experiment would produce the world's most- loved cookie!
Candy goes corny
The Wunderlee Candy Company produced candy corn . It is interesting to remember that in those days candies were made by hand.
Ancient trail mix
Evidence of wild date seeds, pine nuts, walnuts, acorns, and chestnuts can be found in the Shanidar Cave located in Northern Iraq. Cave dwellers loved to snack too!
National Snack Food Month Activities
1. Become a hardcore snacker
Some health experts believe that healthy snacking several times a day maintains a good BMI and prevents blood sugar levels from spiking. Don't you just love research?
2. Live a little
Giving in to your cravings once in a while is okay. That's why diet plans have cheat days. So, have fun. You're allowed to — at least this month.
3. Make homemade snacks
There is something satisfying about making your own snacks. The fact that it will be fresh and preservative-free is a bonus.
5 Bite-Sized Snack Facts
1. Winning formula
Every Oreo cookie is 71% wafer and 29% crème filling. Each one! In every batch!
2. Chew on that!
Frito Lay uses a $40,000 chewing simulation device to test the crunchiness of their chips.
3. Top secret snack
You'll never find out the recipe for Krispy Kreme's world famous glazed donuts because it's kept under lock and key at their plant in Winston-Salem, NC.
4. Irresistible ingredient
Salt is addictive and snack food companies know that. They add it in a way that gets consumers hooked on their snacks.
5. A janitor invented Flaming Hot Cheetos
He sprinkled chili powder on the original. The world got a spicy snack and he was made VP!
Why We Love National Snack Food Month
A. We are a nation of snackers
Yes, we all snack. While some of us pick healthy foods, many of us are guilty of indulging. But this month — who's judging?
B. The choices are endless
Snacks come in all shapes, sizes, and flavors. Snacks can be healthy or your guilty pleasure. You just need to take your pick.
C. Snacking can be healthy
Choose fruit, an energy bar, or low fat yogurt as your in-between meal and your body will thank you.