Whether you're school-bound or off to the office, packing your own guilt-free lunch is the best way to know exactly what you're getting. Here are "ATE" GREAT food finds for your lunch box, brown bag, or cooler tote...
1. Flatout Light Wraps
PER SERVING (1 flatbread): 90 calories, 2.5g fat, 310 - 430mg sodium, 15 - 17g carbs, 9g fiber, 0 - <1g sugars, 9g protein -- PointsPlus® value 2 - 3*
What we have here may very well be a breakout food find for '08. These things are giant, delicious, rectangularish wraps that come in four varieties -- Original, Italian Herb, Sundried Tomato, and Garden Spinach. Unlike some round tortillas (as much as we love 'em!), these are perfect for packing a wrap that won't fall apart in transit. And they only have 90 calories each! Click on the "Stores" section of Flatout's site to find out where to get 'em. Or just order online.
Lean shaved deli meats are our friends. You get many, many protein-packed slices with not a lot of calories or fat. These perfectly portioned packs come in FIVE varieties -- Honey Oven Roasted Turkey, Smoked Turkey, Home-Style Roasted Ham, Honey Smoked Ham, and Oven Roasted Chicken. Yum! We've been known to shove TWO packs in our lunch sack. BTW, if you can't track these down, go for any lean, shaved deli meats -- then just toss a serving or two into a sealable baggie, and you're good to go!
3. Kraft On the Go Pouches of Reduced Fat Dressing
Single-serving packets of low-cal dressing are no longer things you have to steal from restaurants or order online. We're happy to report that Kraft wised up and now sells multi-packs of these on-the-go pouches in supermarkets. They're perfect for take-along lunches AND to keep in your purse for salad emergencies (they happen, people!). These come in three flavors -- Light Balsamic Vinaigrette, Light Zesty Italian, and Light Ranch. The vinaigrette and Italian clock in with 25 calories, while the Ranch serves up 60 calories.
No, that's not a typo -- these have 45 calories per SLICE. (We just think 2 slices is more realistic for a lunch serving.) We heart ALL high-fiber, low-calorie bread (see our latest supermarket list for proof!), but this bread line is a standout. There's something for everyone -- Wheat (hearty), White (classic), 100% Whole Wheat with Honey (slightly sweet and so good!), and 100% Multigrain (diverse and delicious!). HG Tip! Toast your bread just a bit so your sandwich doesn't get soggy. Then go to town with our guilt-free chicken salad, egg salad or tuna salad, lotsa lettuce & tomato, and some guilt-free condiments (Vivi's is the best!). Mmmmm!
PER SERVING (2 oz., about 1/4 cup): 60 - 70 calories, 1 - 2g fat, 190 - 300mg sodium, <1 - 2g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugars, 10 - 13g protein -- PointsPlus® value 1 - 2*
If plain tuna or salmon bores you, these new Creations are worth checking out. Starkist got all fancy on us, and we're impressed. There are two servings per pouch, but it's still a total calorie bargain. Add these to salads, or spoon 'em straight from the pouch. And if mango and pesto are a little too fancy-schmancy for you and you don't mind the plain stuff, check out the standard pouches and cups of salmon and tuna. No mess and protein-packed!
6. Jell-O Sugar Free Dark Chocolate Raspberry Pudding Snacks
PER SERVING (1 snack): 60 calories, 1.5g fat, 170mg sodium, 14g carbs, 1g fiber, 0g sugars, 2g protein -- PointsPlus® value 2*
What's lunch without a little something sweet? BORING! You can't beat Jell-O's 60-calorie cups of SF pudding. We're especially obsessed with their new Dark Chocolate Raspberry flavor. It doesn't taste the least bit artificial or diet-y, and it totally attacks a chocolate craving. There's also a regular Dark Chocolate version, which tastes a lot like the layered Double Chocolate one after it's been mixed. Whatever your favorite flavor, snuggle it up next to an ice pack, and there's your instant midday dessert... YES!
7. Mann's Snacks On The Go! (Veggie & Dip Varieties)
PER SERVING (half of container, 1 cup veggies and 1 tbsp. dip): 50 - 70 calories, 3 - 3.5g fat, 160 - 200mg sodium, 6 - 7g carbs, 1 - 2g fiber, 3 - 4g sugars, 1 - 2g protein -- PointsPlus® value 1 - 2*
PER SERVING (1 bag, about 1/2 cup): 45 calories, 0g fat, 240 - 340mg sodium, 10g carbs, 1g fiber, 0 - 1g sugars, 1g protein -- PointsPlus® value 1*
Who doesn't crave a salty, starchy fix at some point during the day? Chips are a lunchtime staple. And while there are a bunch of guilt-free chips we dig (like Popchips, Krinkle Sticks, etc.), these are the most guilt-free of all. They're actually freeze-dried with no oil whatsoever, and they taste really good. Try the Original with Sea Salt, Hint of Szechuan Pepper & Fresh Chives, Hint of Fresh Onion & Fresh Garlic, and Hint of Black Pepper & Sea Salt. They're a bit tough to track down (Costco carries 'em), but they're truly worth ordering online. HG Heads Up: Many people find these a little dry and less flavorful than other low-cal chips, but we love 'em and they're a TOTAL calorie bargain.
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