Salvere Blog: Snacking Is Bad… Or Is It?

I got to thinking about this the other day after listening to someone talk about kids and school and food. Sounds insignificant but the difference in dessert vs snack in today’s world vs decades ago.

When you hear these two words, what do you think? What comes to mind?

For me, dessert brings me back to childhood when we occasionally ate something special at night, after dinner, such as a homemade brownie or cookie or even some ice cream. We were fortunate enough to grow up with a mother who holds an amazing talent and passion for baking so high chances of it being amazing and delicious.

Snack on the other hand, I remember eating after school, between lunch and dinner consisting of foods such as an apple and peanut butter, cheese and crackers or some popcorn. I would say we ate snack pretty much every day. I felt like snack was part of our regular eating whereas dessert felt like something more special not necessarily a daily thing.

What does it mean in today’s world? Well, one example of snack in schools,is something they can buy in the cafeteria and eat immediately following lunch. It may consist of a variety of foods such as cookies, candy bars, chips, ice cream, etc. and is often used as one way for the school to make a little extra money. Even after school snacks often consist of some of these “junk foods.”

Does using snack to describe foods that used to be labeled as dessert confuse the role and choice of what we eat??  Maybe, maybe not???  Do we use the term dessert much anymore with regularity in the home? Restaurants still use it but what about our schools?? Could they get away with calling it the School Dessert Program?

by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact her, call (410) 707-0055 or email
We welcome your thoughts and ideas!  Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.

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