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According to this graphic and the accompanying blurb in yesterday’s New York Times business section, Americans consume “31 percent more packaged food than fresh food.” The reasons are complex, from snacking habits to profit margins to our collective addiction to processed food's carefully orchestrated mix of chemicals and flavorings.
Many of the people I know, though, purchase packaged snacks mostly for convenience, because they think it’s faster and easier than preparing something from scratch. But putting together a quick, tasty bite isn’t brain surgery. Sometimes we just need a little reminder about our options.
Here are 10 superfast snacks that leave the chemicals, individual packaging, and processing behind. Many of the components (hard-boiled eggs, for example, or prepared dried beans) can be cooked on the weekends with almost no effort at all and will last for days in the fridge.
1. Green apple slices with almond butter.
2. Medjool dates stuffed with cream cheese.
3. Oven-toasted pitas with mashed avocado and lime.
4. Sliced bananas with honey and almonds.
5. Cheddar cheese with sliced pear.
6. Cucumbers with smoked salmon.
7. Warm corn tortillas with spicy beans.
8. Hard boiled eggs with salt.
9. Greek yogurt with toasted coconut.
10. Prosciutto with melon.
The key is in the pairing. Think salty with sweet, with a little fat to satisfy. Make your own quick-hit list, and put it where you’ll see it whenever hunger hits.