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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.

Healthy Snack Idea: It’s Peanut Butter Jelly Time!!!

Everyone loves the classic - Peanut Butter and Jelly. Let’s turn it into a snack and make it healthier (but still very tasty!).

And, let’s have a little FUN, gosh darnit!



1) Thomas’ Light Multi-Grain English Muffin

  • 6 grams of protein
  • only 100 calories per muffin
  • less than 1 gram of sugar per muffin
  • 0 grams of trans fat
  • These taste great

2) Peanut Butter

  • Your best bet is an all-natural brand with low sodium and low sugar. You can keep it traditional with creamy or fill up all those nooks and crannies with chunky-style peanuts, mmm. Arrowhead Mills Organic Crunchy Peanut Butter is one of my favorites and it has:
  • 95 calories in 1 Tbsp
  • no sodium
  • 0.5 grams sugar in 1 Tbsp (that’s very low)

3) Low-Sugar Jelly or Preserves

  • I use Smucker’s Low-Sugar Strawberry Preserves, which has:
  • 25 calories / Tbsp
  • only 5 grams of sugar / Tbsp


  1. Use only 1 half of the English muffin, toast in toaster
  2. Use 1 tablespoon of peanut butter to cover lightly
  3. Add a dollop of jelly to make the traditional PB&J complete
  4. Enjoy yourself! It’s Peanut Butter Jelly Time!!!
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