Here is a list of my grab and go food and drink items that continue to rev my engine with excitement. Program note: I try to eat fresh, clean foods that I prepare myself most of the time. This list is comprised of more fun, convenient items that I use to supplement my diet. Also, I am not a nutritionist or registered dietician, just a regular gal who is interested in healthy living and fitness.
Trader Joes Mega Crunchy Salad With Bite: This makes me mental--it has everything from quinoa, carrots, jicama, broccoli stems to sunflower seeds and dried cranberries. You get sweet and savory with BITE as advertised. It comes with a lime-cilantro dressing which is perfectly fine. I rarely use it because the salad is delish without it and you save about 200+ calories. The only thing I would change is to make the greens spinach or some other dark leafy type just to punch up the nutrition.
Whole Foods Sushi: Simply yum. It's the best packaged sushi I have tried--it always tastes fresh and flavorful especially for a grocery store. If I can't get my sushi at a restaurant, this is where I get it. I haven't had a bad experience yet. The only negative is it runs on the expensive side but that's where quality comes in over quantity.
Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar Drink (Ginger Spice): This may be an acquired taste but I love the tang to this drink. It's refreshing and flavorful with all natural ingredients. You can see bits of ginger floating at the bottom of the bottle. There are no calories or sugar in this blend either. I drink it with lunch or after I exercise. Either way, I find it hits the spot.
Whole Foods Sparkling Water: It's bottled in glass from Italy (fancy!) and has some fun flavors. I am partial to Lime and Citrus Blend. If I get bored with plain water, I'll drink a big bottle of this and it hits the spot, making my water intake for the day a breeze. Refreshing and the perfect amount of flavor to balance out the blah of sparkling water. Just be prepared to burp-a lot.
Evol Lean and Fit Egg White Sandwiches: I am not super precious about eating packaged food. It happens. Sometimes it's just not convenient to eat fresh food all the time. These are yummy, heat up in under 2 minutes and pack a decent amount of protein without breaking the calorie bank. I usually have one of these as part of my lunch at work and it hits the spot for flavor and texture. I keep a handful in the freezer on standby.
Siggi's Yogurt: A blogger raved about Siggi's for its flavor and texture and she wasn't wrong. They're all natural, made from milk from grass fed cows, contain no aspartame, gelatin, artificial color, preservatives or high fructose corn syrup. They have more protein than sugar and are Icelandic style with 2% milkfat. Whatever. The taste is the money here. Coconut is my FAVORITE with Vanilla coming in second. I add some almonds to it and then I bliss the hell out.
Jerky: No, not me. Beef, turkey, salmon jerkys are my latest obsession. I try to eat mostly vegetarian but I cannot resist the salty, chewy goodness going on here. One package is typically 3oz so it's not the worst if you plow through one. My dog loves it too so it's a mess. I do share it with her but now she knows the sound of the package opening. I had to eat some in a room with the door shut the other day because she comes for me and my jerky all the time.
Trader Joes High Fiber Cereal: This has crunchy little twig like things, cranberry, raisin bits and sliced almonds. It's not the worst in terms of sugar and calories: 2/3 cup is 90 calories and 8 grams of sugar. I usually put some in a ramekin and nibble on it like a bird when I need to crunch it out.
Justin's Almond Butter: Crack. Natural crack but crack nonetheless. Even though it is less cost effective, I buy this in packets instead of a jar because I don't trust myself. I need to set limits. I put this on a chilled green apple slice and I moan the whole time. Embarrassing and I don't care. The Vanilla and Chocolate Hazelnut flavors are divine.
Think Thin Bars: These are my post-workout snack. They have zero sugar and 20g of protein. They typically run 230-240 calories so I only eat them to refuel post workout. Sometimes the only thing that keeps me motivated to finish my workout is knowing I am going to have my Think Thin when I am done. They hold me over pretty well until my lunch Food Monster starts rumbling in my belly.