Cool “On-the-Go” Foods
I don’t know if you are like me, but sometimes I do not get my lunch fixed or am in a hurry to leave and need to grab something for an on-the-go meal or snack. I know I can get a fruit easy or even a nice Greek yogurt, organic if possible. But with meal replacements and energy bar, or even a sweet item once in a while, the problem is there are so few choices out there that are good and wholesome. Good and wholesome means they are not full of high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated fats, artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, or loads of preservatives and additives. It is very disappointing to me that the food industry is lagging behind a bit. I have found a few items that are quick, easy, taste great and are quite acceptable nutrition-wise.
1. Oatmeal Toasters by Nature's Own (in the bread isle) is a product that can be used as a breakfast or meal replacement. It is a little bit high in carbohydrates for a snack, but pretty good for after the gym as a small meal. One serving is 1 square and has 3% fat, 9% sodium, 17% fiber, but 35 gm carbs, no high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, artificial flavors or sweeteners. The first ingredient is whole wheat flour. The one negative–it seems a bit high in preservatives. It comes in two flavors: Cranberry Orange and Cinnamon Raisin. They are both delicious.
2. BelVita Breakfast Biscuits by Nabisco (in the breakfast isle) again is a nice replacement for breakfast, especially if you like sweet bread with your coffee for breakfast. It is a little high in fat, but the good kind – monounsaturated fats. One serving is 4 biscuits and has 12% fat, 8% sodium, 12% fiber and 35 gm carbs, no high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, artificial flavors or sweeteners, and the first ingredient is whole grain wheat flour. I like to take 1-2 biscuits as a sweet item instead of cake or commercial cookies, which are usually full of nothing. There are 5 flavors: Chocolate, Golden Oat, Apple Cinnamon, Blueberry and Cinnamon Brown Sugar. They are all good!
3. Milk Bite by Kraft (in the snack bar/granola bar isle) is a neat little snack bar or a dessert. One serving is 1 bar and has 8% fat, 3% sodium, 12% fiber, 18 gm carbs (15 gm is a serving of carbs), no high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, artificial flavors or sweeteners. The first ingredient is rolled oats. As an added benefit the bar has the calcium of an 8 oz cup of milk and inulin, a wonderful prebiotic (the fiber that probiotics eat). It also has a little iron. I have tried the strawberry flavor and like it very much. They must be stored in the refrigerator.
Of course there are many other easy-to-grab products. A bottle of V-8 or tomato juice you can find at any 7-11. Just beware of the sodium. You could choose the low-sodium V-8. If you are at home, pour it in a glass and add 1/2 fresh lemon and a few dashes of ground black pepper and totally improve the taste! Even a low-fat chocolate milk can do in a pinch, which you can find at any convenience store. Try to pick one without high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, or artificial flavor/sweetener. If you are at home, change to Silk Pure Almond Dark Chocolate all natural almond milk. It is absolutely fantastic! No junk at all.
Keep some of these items on hand for quick and easy grab foods for on-the-go to keep you from going too long between meals or skipping meals–which wreaks havoc on energy and blood sugar levels.