Snacks Are More Popular Than Meals for Millennials + 5 Healthy Snacks

According to a study done this January by Surveygoo for Welch's Global Ingredients Group, millennials love to snack. This official statement shouldn't be any surprise. What will be surprising though is the frequency with with Millennials snack.

According to the survey, "Most American Millennial snackers eat a snack in place of a standard meal at least once a week."  To break that statistic down further, it turns out that 92 percent claim to replace a meal with a snack once a week.

Furthermore, half of the respondents said that "they replace a meal with a snack at least four times a week, while more than a quarter (26 percent) said they do so at least seven times a week."

The Snackification of Mealtimes

The years of healthy eating initiatives in the United States coupled with the busy schedules of the younger generation may have something to do with this pervasive trend of snacks replacing meals.

Whether in the car or at their desks, "39 percent of Millennial snackers said they do so when they are too busy to eat a proper sit-down meal, while 17 percent admitted to doing so when they 'can't be bothered to cook a meal'."

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That does not, however, mean that the choices that these snackers are making are poor. About 80 percent of survey respondents claimed that the nutrition and health of their chosen snacks is the most important factor for them when selecting their snack. The next most important consideration is convenience which factors in for 52% of respondents.

Overall, "68 percent of survey respondents said it was important for them to know where the ingredients in their snacks, including the fruit, had come from."

So it seems that despite Americans' reputation for loving easy-to-prepare food, health remains of paramount importance.

To help you out with your snacking, here are 5 healthy recipes that can be prepared either in advance or relatively quickly for your meals on the go.

1. Banana Sushi

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Looking for a fun finger food that is easy to put together? Then try banana sushi. Its name may sound deceptively fancy, but even the most rushed individual can find the time to put this snack together.

Get the recipe here.

2. Cinnamon Spiced Pepita Brittle

pepita brittle
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Make these ahead to snack all week. Spiced and loaded with seeds, these sweet brittle pieces are a perfect mid-afternoon pick-me-up when you need just that little bit of extra sugar.

Get the recipe here.

3. Perfect Parfait

Blueberry Quinoa Parfait
Closet Cooking

Parfaits are perfect, just like their name suggests. Plus, they're portable and loaded with protein and good-for-you things. Try nuts and yogurt for protein, quinoa for staying power, and blueberries for color and anti-oxidants.

An all around good choice. Get the recipe here.

4. Roasted Chickpeas

roasted chickpea healthy snack
Big Girls Small Kitchen

Crunchy, flavorful, and chock full of protein, you can't really ask for a more perfect snack.

Get the recipe here.

5. Protein Bites

protein bites
Kroll's Korner

This delectable little bites are filled with Nutella, peanut butter, oats, and yet they are healthy. How's did they manage that feat? Well, you can thank their overload of chia seeds, flax seeds, and local honey.

Think of it as a powerful dessert on the go. Get the recipe here.

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