Food Good for Snacks
There are many snack items that are available in school canteens, in shopping malls, in fast food centers, in the streets, in restaurants, and snack counters. While these foods are attractively packaged and nice to look at, it is always enjoyable to eat homemade food. Why?
Homemade vs. commercial snacks
Because homemade foods are delicious, nutritious, clean and usually cost less that those bought outside. However, many families eat outside their homes. Children eat in school canteens. Working parents eat in cafeteria or in their offices. Today, many children and working parents cannot find time to prepare their snacks at home since they are outside the home most of the time. That is why many would prefer to buy from food outlets because it is convenient, it saves time and effort and the food is ready to eat.
Today, one can find a wider variety of snack food to choose from. Some snack items are already packed in plastics, in foils, in tetra bricks, and can easily be found in the shelves of stores. Examples of these are chips, cookies, potato chips, etc. some snack items can be bought in food stalls. These are items that are cooked and usually packed in Styrofoam boxes, bowls, or plates. With the variety of snack items, sometimes it is difficult to choose the right snack food.
What food is good for snack?
Remember these guides in choosing a snack food.
1. Nutritious means it must be rich in the following. (1) carbohydrates and fats, that provides energy for work and play, (2) protein, that builds and repairs body tissues, (3) vitamins and minerals, that keeps the body healthy and has strong resistance to diseases.
2. Palatable means it tastes good. When food is palatable, one finds enjoyment in eating. In which case, eating becomes pleasurable.
Economical means the price paid for the food is reasonable and affordable. Reasonable means that the amount of food and nutrients it contains is commensurate to the price paid for. Affordable means that it is within one’s reach.
3. Clean means that no portion of the food has cuts, bruises or black spots that make it undesirable to eat. It does not have any foul odor. It is free from spoilage. Thus, it is safe to eat. To be sure that food is clean, it must be cooked properly, packaged properly and the people handling the food are clean themselves. Dirty hands can easily transmit bacteria to the food.
Foods good for snacks are fruits like apples, oranges, sandwiches, soups, spring rolls, noodles and fruit juices. Avoid eating junk foods. They are expensive with little nutrients in them.