I don’t know about you but around this time of you I feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day. Sometimes I don’t even have time to slap a sandwich together so I have to rely on portable, ready-to-eat options.
From a weight control perspective these back-ups are key because they avert the alternatives, including a) undereating, which backfires for weight loss by causing your metabolism to come to a screeching halt and 2) overeating, often unknowingly by having to rely on less than ideal on-the-go options.
So, here’s the rule of thumb. Generally a balanced meal will get you through about 1 hour for every 100 calories, so a 300 calorie meal should keep you full and energized for about 3 hours. Here are 3 instant options:
Pro Bar Old School Peanut Butter & Jelly
With 2 g saturated fat, 6 g of fiber and 9 g protein this bar is made with a combo of oats and fruit for slow burning carbs and nuts and seeds for protein and healthy fat. 370 calories.
St. Dalfour Gourmet On the Go Three Beans with Sweet Corn
This canned meal can be a lifesaver. It comes with an easy open lid and fork so you can just toss it in your bag. Preservative free and all natural it’s made from a combo of lentils, cannellini beans, kidney beans, veggies and corn. With just 2 g saturated fat and 600 mg of sodium it’s much healthier than most shelf stable foods and the 10 g of protein and 14 g of fiber will fill you up. 280 calories total.
Stonyfield Wild Berry Super Smoothie
Made from probiotic rich yogurt and fruit this shake is very low in sodium, just 150 mg. It’s lower in fat than the other options with just 3 g total, but a small handful of almonds, about the size of a golf ball (170 cals) would make a great accompaniment. Total: 400 calories.
Stock up and grab one of these ready-to-eat options when you think you might miss a “real” meal. If you have something packed you'll be less likely to fall into the under or over-eating traps that tend to trip us up this time of year!
And if you have some suggestions of your own please share them!