Are you too cool for Wal-Mart?
If yes, then don’t bother reading this post.
The point of today’s post is to show some realistic, healthier packaged snack options that you can buy at most grocery stores.
…Those days when you just don’t feel like eating a stupid apple.
1) 100 Calorie Almond Packs
Emerald 100 Calorie Almond Packs
Although I am not one to do the whole “100 calorie pack” thing, I do think that these pre-portioned snacks can be a good “tool”. These little bags will work especially well for people who tend to eat mindlessly and could polish off half a canister of almonds. Yes, almonds are excellent for you. Heart healthy, the whole nine yards, but they should still be consumed moderation.
2) Low-Sodium V-8’s
Sometimes its easier to drink your veggies.
I will be the first to admit that these low-sodium versions of the real thing are an ACQUIRED taste. If you are used to the salty original version, you might struggle. I know I did at first. That said, keep drinking it, and eventually your taste buds will adjust, minus the salt overload. And it’s an easy way to get a veggie in your body in about 60 seconds.
3) Shelled Peanuts
Yes, these kind of make a mess, but c’est la vie.
Peanuts. In the shell. As mentioned above with the almonds, nuts are certainly good for you. In moderation. Try buying the shelled ones to slow you down a bit. Also, check out that price. Shelled peanuts are dirt cheap.
4) Yellow Popping Corn Kernels
This bag will last you a while.
Are you still doing microwave popcorn?? Bad, bad news. See this post if you need a refresher as to why (and a good recipe to try)…Now ideally these Wal-Mart popcorn kernels would be organic, but hey, small changes, right?
5) Food Should Taste Good- Sweet Potato Chips
Addicted to these babies.
I have mentioned this brand before several times. I make nachos with them, dip them in hummus, peanut butter, you name it. A few years ago you could only find these in health food stores and pay like $20 per bag. Okay, slight exaggeration, but luckily Wal-Mart has smartened up.
6) Apple & Eve Fruitables Juice Boxes
These aren’t as evil as some of those other brands out there.
Now I am not a huge juice box person, but these are actually a pretty good choice. A lot of times packages will claim that there are veggies in their product. Well, guess what? These actually have some. Sweet.
7) Kashi Granola Bars- Trail Mix or Honey Almond Flax
Pretty good options
You have to be careful with granola bars. Many can be high sugar, but these are pretty good.
Sugars aren’t too bad and they offer up some decent amounts of fiber and protein.
However, this Kashi bar? Not a top choice
Check out the differences in sugars, fibers, and protein. Can you see why the top two are better choices?
8) 100 Calorie Guacamole Packs
Who can resist this stuff?
Quit being afraid of fat! Guac is good for you. Assuming it doesnt have tons of mayo in it. Know what’s in it. These packs fit the bill and would be a great spread on whole grain crackers or for dipping your baby carrots (when you’ve had it with hummus.)
9) Kashi Southwest Barbecue- Black Bean Crisp
Black Bean Crisp? yes.
Check these out.
Black beans as the first ingredient? Winner.
Great source of fiber too.
10) Seapoint Farms Individual Edamame Packs
These things are strangely addictive.
Do you buy edamame? If not, try these babies. It might not seem like the most exciting snack, but they are easy and effortless.
The moral of the story?
While we try to shop fresh, local, organic, non-GMO, etc, etc… (I am exhausted typing this)..
At the end of the day, you just have to do the best that you can.
Ready to shop???