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Millennials & Diet Mentality

I’m Ms. Choice and I’m here to provide information and assist in promoting and implementing wellness and healthier snacking at work sites and schools. An article from Food Business News suggests that Millennials are more likely to ditch a diet mentality than previous generations:

Millennials more likely to ditch diet mentality

Monica Watrous

Young people eating at a restaurant, millennials
from Food Business News
Millennials are less concerned about calories and fat than the general population.

WASHINGTON — In matters of health and wellness, millennials are less concerned about calories and fat than the general population, according to the International Food Information Council (IFIC)’s 2015 Food and Health Survey. Millennial consumers also are more likely to use technology to achieve a healthier lifestyle.

“Millennials are a unique generation, and their approach to health and fitness is no exception,” said Sarah Romotsky, R.D., director of health and wellness for the IFIC Foundation. “This research gave us an inside look at how millennials are optimistic about the future of food, they look to their friends and family for support, they use technology as a tool to reach their health goals, and they have shifting attitudes about the value of certain nutrients.”

Like the general population, millennial consumers agree moderate sugar intake may be part of a healthy diet and that there are differences in the healthfulness of naturally occurring sugars compared with other types of sweeteners. However, millennial perceptions of fat and protein differ from those of the general population. Fewer millennials (54% vs. 61% of the general population) claim to have reduced consumption of solid fats, and one in three millennials recently have changed his or her opinion on the healthfulness of saturated fat, with millennial men more likely to view it more favorably. Additionally, one in five millennials say higher-protein foods may have many unhealthful components, compared to one in seven of the general population.

Moreover, millennials are less likely to count or limit calories than other age groups, and 20% of millennials claim all sources of calories have an equal effect on weight gain, compared to 27% of the general population.

More than a third (36%) of millennials track daily food and beverage intake using an app or other means, compared with 22% of the population, and 12% of  millennials use an on-line support group or community to pursue wellness goals, compared with 6%. Millennials also are more optimistic than other age groups about future food innovations and inventions that may support healthful living.

Food tracking app
More than a third (36%) of millennials track daily food and beverage intake using an app or other means. from Food Business News.

Millennials also are more likely to trust a health or nutrition blogger for accurate food information (33% vs. 24% of the general population) and rely on support of family and friends to improve eating behaviors (45% vs. 32%).

“It’s encouraging to see that millennials are interested in learning more about eating well,” said Kris Sollid, R.D., director of nutrient communications for the IFIC Foundation. “Developing a positive relationship with food is one of the most important things young people can do for their health.”

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Reinvented 100-Calorie Snacks for Summer

Check out these delicious re-invented summer snack ideas from Huffington Post
getting your daily fruits and veggies never seemed so SWEET!

100-Calorie Snacks: 16 Refreshing Healthy Summer Eats

Some of the best fruits and veggies are ripe for the picking in the warm weather, and yet somehow summer eating still gets a bad rap. You can blame the barbecues or theice cream trucks, or you can decide to take things into your own hands. Literally.

With a few homemade treats up your sleeve, you can guarantee refreshing, tasty summer snacks that are easy on your waistline. The 16 below require minimal ingredients and almost no time to assemble — all for under 100 calories.

1. Fruit Kebabs
Throw chunks of your favorite melon or pineapple, all the best berries and any bite-size summer fruit that tickles your fancy onto a barbecue skewer for an easy and colorful fruit kebab, suggests Angela Ginn-Meadow, RDN. At 39 calories per skewer, this recipe leaves
room for two!