Attacking a snacking generation
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What constitutes a healthy snack? That depends on who you’re talking to. For some, it’s smaller portions—small plates, shared desserts and appetizers. For others, it’s the image of freshness, made-to-order, or nutrient-rich foods (think superfoods). Whole grains, berries and other fruits, vegetables, quinoa, fish and lean meats all have that healthy halo on the menu. And the whole idea of healthy snacks has splashed over into the beverage world, too, with fresh juices and cocktail ingredients that go from the garden to the glass. Today, 64 percent of consumers say healthy eating is important, and 38 percent say they’re more likely to visit restaurants with healthy menu options, according to Technomic’s 2012 Healthy Eating Consumer Trend Report.