A snack is a portion of food, often smaller than a regular meal, generally eaten between meals. Snacks come in a variety of forms including packaged snack foods and other processed foods, as well as items made from fresh ingredients at home.

Traditionally, snacks are prepared from ingredients commonly available in the home. Often cold cuts, fruit, leftovers, nuts, sandwiches, and the like are used as snacks. The Dagwood sandwich was originally the humorous result of a cartoon character's desire for large snacks. With the spread of convenience stores, packaged snack foods became a significant business. Snack foods are typically designed to be portable, quick, and satisfying. Processed snack foods, as one form of convenience food, are designed to be less perishable, more durable, and more portable than prepared foods. They often contain substantial amounts of sweeteners, preservatives, and appealing ingredients such as chocolate, peanuts, and specially-designed flavors (such as flavored potato chips).

Beverages, such as coffee, are not generally considered snacks though they may be consumed along with or in lieu of snack foods.

A snack eaten shortly before going to bed or during the night may be called a midnight snack.

I’m Going Completely Naked! Snack Review: Naked Juice Green Machine

Beverages are all too often the place where sneaky and unnecessary sugar and calories go to hide. A person could go crazy trying to find a delicious drink, free from artificial sweeteners and additives! But, not if I have anything to do with it. I’ve found an alternative and it involves going completely Naked.

The Naked Juice Company has promised to make juices and smoothies with no less than 100% juice. Not juice "drinks” that are only 15% juice …100% juice! There’s so much juice in these Naked smoothies that each 15.2 oz bottle contains an entire pound of fruit, which is equal to three of your required daily servings. That’s a lot of fruit. In fact, Naked Juice is even sold in the produce section! What are the chances that you were going have that much fruit today, huh?

I’ve had two of their flavors so far: Red Machine and Green Machine. Both were delicious, but Green Machine is certainly my machine of choice. Red Machine, also fantastic, is made with cranberries, pomegranate seeds, and a whole lot more. It has a sweet, bright, and tart taste that perks you up and fills you up, without making you feel too heavy.

Now on to Green Machine, shall we? As promised by its name, it is a deep green color, almost threatening, unless it reminds you of your old friends the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. And while at first it appears just to be pureed vegetables, I beg: don’t let that put you off. Instead, let’s turn the bottle around and take a look together.

 

The Fruit

  • Apple Juice
  • Mango Puree
  • Pineapple Juice
  • Banana Puree
  • Kiwifruit Puree

And of course, responsible for that beautiful green color is this impressive list of valuable super green veggies, most of which, if bought at a vitamin store, would cost a small fortune.

Green Machine Mix

  • Spirulina
  • Chlorella
  • Broccoli
  • Green Tea Extract
  • Spinach
  • Echinacea Purpurea Extract
  • Barley Grass
  • Wheat Grass
  • Odorless Garlic
  • Natural Flavorings

This ingredient list is simple, and pure. No chemicals with unfamiliar names I can’t even pronounce; no corn syrup or refined sugar. It’s all from nature, nice and simple. And it’s all mixed together in a deliciously filling and thirst-quenching drink.

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