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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.

Small Bites, Big Taste

Andy Bellatti is a Master’s Degree candidate at New York University’s Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health. He writes a blog called Small Bites Nutrition. You should definitely check it out. He’s very smart and he delivers useful information with no nonsense.

His site lives up to its description on Technorati:

A nutrition blog full of concise, easy to understand information from a New York University Master’s Degree candidate of nutrition. Practical advice and tips with no sponsors to please. "Bringing fad-free nutrition to the web, one post at a time."

So, that’s Small Bites.

Now, for big taste…

On December 6, 2007, Andy wrote a review of Kettle Bakes Potato Chips. I love potato chips. One of the unhealthy things about potato chips is that they’re fried. So, the notion of a baked potato chip that has a good crunchy texture and a great taste is very appealing to me.

Check out his review. I’ll spoil it by giving you his conclusion:

Tasty, calorie controlled, made solely with real potatoes, low-fat and, as an added bonus, throw some much-needed potassium your way.

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