Understanding the Difference Between Snack and Treat

Muffins and CupcakesIt’s 3 p.m., and your belly is starting to rumble. You need something to get you through the afternoon. What will it be, a snack or a treat? “Wait,” you might say. Aren’t those the same thing? Well, not exactly. Read on to learn the difference between a snack and a treat!

A snack is generally more nutritious than a treat.

Think, for example, of a chocolate-chip cookie. While delicious, it’s too high in fat and too low in protein, fiber and vitamins to qualify as a healthy snack. Of course, that doesn’t mean you should never indulge. A total of 98 percent of Americans believe that a healthy lifestyle includes an occasional sweet (or salty) treat.

A snack can often be used as a meal replacement or to help fill nutritional gaps, but a treat typically cannot.

If you need a grab-and-go breakfast to keep you satisfied until lunch, a yogurt and some unsalted nuts would be a good choice, but a handful of Skittles would not. Also, if you don’t get enough nutrients in your regular meals, snacks like carrot sticks and fruit can help.

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