With the turn of the year – things are back in swing – kiddos are back in school, we are back at a “normal” work schedule, etc. So it is back to the run and go lifestyle of being a busy parent, professional, etc. That many times means convenience…and sometimes that convenience is literal…such as convenience stores. You are putting gas in your car…your stomach is turning because you ran out the house without eating because you were late…or you and your kiddos are in transit to afternoon practice and they have the munchies…etc. That is when we all are looking for the nearest convenience store – THANK YOU BUCC’EE’s!!!
With all of the not-so-healthy options on the shelves at most convenience stores, it is possible to sacrifice quality and nutrition for convenience. Items such as hot dogs, bags of chips, giant sodas, processed microwavable burritos, and sandwiches are often chosen at convenience stores. With a healthy mind-set, it can be easy to find healthy choices anywhere.
- A handful of dry roasted nuts
- Beef jerky (small bag)
- Review nutrition labels on snack bars. Look for bars containing whole grains, protein, and fiber.
- Fresh fruit
- Cheese sticks or cubes
- Salads with lean meats, and a low-fat dressing option
- Lunch meat sandwiches on whole wheat bread
- Individual cereal packs
- To-go tuna packets
- Baked chips
- Hard boiled eggs
- Individual servings of cottage cheese
SNACKS TO AVOID
- Items on the hot dog roller machine
- Donuts, cakes, most baked goods
- Large candy bars
- Large bags of chips, trail mix, and candy
- Microwaveable burritos and prepackaged meals
- Fountain drinks
- Any food that contains trans fat
- Half gallon or gallon jug of water (less expensive than the smaller bottles)
- Reduced fat milk (regular, chocolate, or strawberry)
- 100% fruit juice
- Low or no sugar flavored waters
A FEW REMINDERS
- Go for the smaller packages (individual size) to help keep your portions in check.
Protein and meal replacement bars can be substituted for breakfast or lunch, but ideally
you should pair one bar with a piece of fruit or vegetable.
- Grab zero calorie go packets, for your bottled water. They are usually found in the
cold beverage refrigerator doors.
- If you opt for a juice drink, stick with just one serving for the day.
- Look for fiber and protein on nutrition labels. Higher amounts of these nutrients keep you feeling full longer.
- If you crave something sweet, opt for small portions and balance your choices with
other healthy snacks.