Not crazy about fat-free cheese? Don't worry, you've got options. The best choices we've come across lately are these slices of joy. The Sargento people really know how to make some good cheese. They ALSO know how to make lower fat cheese taste great. And talk about VARIETY! Try it in Pepper Jack, Colby-Jack, Provolone, Swiss, and Medium Cheddar. Then choose whichever suits your sandwich of the day!
Swanson White Premium Chunk Chicken Breast in Water, 3 Pack of 3-Oz. Cans
PER SERVING (one 3-oz. can): 70 calories, 1g fat, 400mg sodium, 2g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugars, 13g protein -- PointsPlus® value 2*
We love canned chicken, but the whole "needing a can opener" thing kind of makes it less than portable. BUT WAIT! You say there are cans of chicken with pop-tops that can be opened easily without the use of bulky kitchen tools? And these things come in 3-oz. cans, the perfect size for part of a quick meal?! Well, that sounds like a GREAT brown-bag item. Don't you agree?
Western Bagel The Alternative Pita Bread, Plain
PER SERVING (1 pita): 110 calories, 0.5g fat, 410mg sodium, 26g carbs, 8g fiber, 1g sugars, 7g protein -- PointsPlus® value 3*
Love the fiber content of whole-wheat pita bread, but not so into the taste? Friends, Western Bagel has a white-style pita for you, and it's got just as much fiber as the company's high-fiber Whole Wheat one. This thing's also just 110 calories and low in fat, so you can feel good about stuffing it with all kinds of goodies (alright, not candy bars... but lean meats, veggies, etc.). Woohoo! (P.S. We still really like the Whole Wheat version.)
Well, you need SOMETHING to put on that sandwich or pack inside that pita! We suggest finding this light deli meat. It's so tasty, it's 97% fat-free, and it doesn't contain any artificial flavors or fillers. Hooray! Choose from Turkey Breast (Oven Roasted, Mesquite, Honey Roasted & Smoked, and Smoked), Ham (Cooked, Honey, and Smoked), and Oven Roasted Chicken Breast. Layer it up with some veggies and Dijonnaise, and you're sooo ready for lunch.
Popchips (New Flavors!)
PER SERVING (1 oz., about 19 - 22 chips): 120 calories, 4g fat, 250 - 290mg sodium, 20g carbs, 1g fiber, 0 - 2g sugars, 1 - 2g protein -- PointsPlus® value 3*
We don't think we've given quite enough love to the brand-new varieties of Popchips on the market. People... they're amazing. The Cheddar is the perfect fix for those who long for Cheetos or cheese puffs -- these chips pack some SERIOUS cheddar flavor and are a MUST for anyone who secretly desires to lick orange powder off their fingers. And the Sour Cream & Onion? A savory but delicate blend of spices with a totally creamy taste. These things will impress even diehard chip-lovers. No wussy diet-food flavors here!
PER SERVING (1 package): 80 calories, 5g fat, 20mg sodium, 9g carbs, <1g fiber, 7g sugars, 1g protein -- PointsPlus® value 2*
Words really can't describe how excited we were when we first saw these at the market. And then when we tasted them... let's just say there was a lot of dancing. But since none of that translates to the Internet, we'll do our best to describe them. You get a packet of adorable chocolate pieces that look like SpongeBob and company... and each one's filled with a perfect little smidge of peanut butter. And you can eat ALL the little candies in the packet for only 80 calories. Feed your sweet tooth and inner child at once, and without breaking the calorie bank! P.S. If you can't find 'em at the supermarket, try Kmart or Toys "R" Us!
If you're craving soup and you've got access to hot water, put away those other cups o' noodles. This stuff is SO much better tasting and super-impressive in the calorie department. It would make an excellent companion for a light sandwich or salad. It comes in four flavors -- Miso, Szechwan Style, Teriyaki Soy Sauce, and Thai Style. We like a little something to spice up our lunch, and this stuff definitely fits the bill.
Those of you who are into the all-natural craze, get excited. These fruity snacks are completely organic, no-sugar-added, bake-dried deliciousness! We're particularly obsessed with the Cinnamon Apple goodies, but there are a TON of different varieties to snack on. Only some of them come in individual-serving bags -- so when it comes to the multi-serving pack, portion yourself out a serving or two in a plastic baggie and add it to your lunchbox. YAY!
FiberGourmet Lite Cheese Snacks
PER SERVING (1 pouch): 80 calories, 2g fat, 100mg sodium, 22g carbs, 12g fiber, 0g sugars, 5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 2*
These crackers make us SO happy. You get the yummy flavor and crunch of other cheese snacks PLUS a bunch of fiber. Yes! And they're pre-portioned with a LOT of crackers in each little pouch. The original cheese flavor rocks, but the mild Nacho flavor rocks more. So snack to your heart's (and mouth's) content, and you'll actually feel full afterward, thanks to that fiber kick. Great with lunch or even as a mid-day snack. (Pssst! These make excellent "emergency snacks!")
Oreo Wafer Sticks Fun Stix
PER SERVING (1 package, 2 sticks): 90 calories, 3.5g fat, 30 - 50mg sodium, 13g carbs, 0g fiber, 9g sugars, <1g protein -- PointsPlus® value 2*
No proper bagged lunch would be complete without a little something sweet to finish it off! This is the perfect size and light enough to not make you crazy-full, but it's delicious enough to satisfy your need for dessert. The crunchy, flaky sticks come in original chocolate Oreo (very yummy) and Golden Oreo (even better!). Our only warning is to pack them carefully. (They're a bit delicate.) Crunch away!
Love these sack-lunch staples? Click to check out our picks from last year! (We still love them!)
CHEW ON THIS: The month of October is Eat Better, Eat Healthier Month. One good way to do that is to pack a smart lunch instead of leaving yourself at the mercy of fast food establishments. DO IT!
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