Chicago — School-age children consume approximately four snack-related foods a day, 90 percent of which are either brought from home or consumed there, research from NPD Group, Inc. shows.
Potato chips, fresh fruit, fruit cups/applesauce, meal kits and yogurt are the top snack choices for children ages six to 12 years old, while teens prefer gum, chocolate/candy bars, granola bars, potato chips and fresh fruit.
NPD Chief Industry Analyst and author of “Eating Patterns in America,” Harry Balzer says: “Snack foods are increasingly becoming a part of the lunch bag carried by children to school, just as snack foods are becoming part of main meals for all of us. The bottom line is that we don't want to prepare foods more often. We don't even want to make more sandwiches for our kids' lunch bags, even though sandwiches are still the number one lunch bag item carried by a kid. Instead we are loading kids' lunch bags with easy-to-prepare snack products to be eaten at lunch time.”