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Hungry Girl Today: 9.17.14
ASK HUNGRY GIRL
I travel a lot and am often stuck having a few convenience-store snacks instead of a real meal. (Especially when it's late and nothing else is open!) Can you recommend some choices that are balanced and filling?
Jenny on the Go
As a fellow frequent traveler, I can relate. And while convenience stores have a surprising number of guilt-free snacks these days, you wanna be smart about how you combine them if they're replacing a meal. Go for a combo that's high in protein and fiber with moderate amounts of nonstarchy carbs and healthy fats. Here are some mix-n-match picks!
Protein: Hit the refrigerated section for foods like hard-boiled eggs (I typically ditch the yolks or have just one), string cheese (light, if available), Mini Babybel cheese, and fat-free Greek yogurt. If the store doesn't have Greek yogurt, regular light yogurt is your next best bet. In the shelf-stable department, I look for tuna packets and jerky. Both are delicious and loaded with protein.
Fiber/Nonstarchy Carbs: If you see prepackaged salads (the kinds that come with separate packets of dressing), choose one that isn't buried in a mound of cheese or fried noodles. Then use that dressing sparingly. I like to top a veggie-based salad with one of those tuna packets! Other great choices? Fresh fruit and cut veggies. Just beware of the fatty dips those veggies are often paired with...
Healthy Fats: My top pick here is a 100-calorie pack of nuts. Watch out for packages that look like single servings, but actually contain three to four servings. If you can only find multi-serve bags, count out a portion, and save the rest for another time. You can have about 14 almonds or 25 pistachios for 100 calories. Snack bars made with nuts are also great -- look for ones with protein and fiber too. Some of my favorites are made by Kashi, KIND, and Luna.
My go-to convenience-store meal? It's four hard-boiled egg whites, a stick of light string cheese (regular, if they don't have light), an apple, and a 100-calorie pack of almonds. All that has only around 320 calories.
Bonus tip: Pack emergency snacks! Since you never really know what each store will have, I like to travel with smart snacks. Click for loads of my favorites.
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