If you're like most women, you don't drink enough water. (The National Institute of Health recommends nine to 11 cups of fluid per day for women.) If it's the flavor -- or lack of flavor -- that makes you reach for diet soda, give MetroMint by the Soma Beverage Company a try. Unlike other calorie-free beverages, MetroMint contains no artificial sweeteners. Instead, you'll taste of wisp of minty flavor essence mixed with fruit and ... chocolate. That's right, mint-chocolate flavored water. Each flavor (peppermint, spearmint, cherrymint, lemonmint, orangemint and chocolatemint) ranges in minty-ness to suit individual tastes. Plus, they recently introduced Metroelectro micronutrient water, which is fortified with antioxidants and electrolytes.
For more information: www.metromint.com
To keep calories in check, nutritionists recommend keeping snacks at or below 200 calories. Many meal-replacement bars pack in more than that, but Kashi's TLC Fruit & Grain bars offer a flavorful, healthful treat that fits well within the recommended calories. And the light, crispy toasted grains and fruit-topping layer taste deliciously rich, despite its 120-calorie count. Toss them in your bag for a pre-gym energy boost!
For more information: www.kashi.com
If you want muscle tone, you need protein. But it's not always convenient to whip up a protein shake at the office (and opening a can of tuna guarantees you won't win any office popularity contests). So why not bring a ready-made shake instead? CalNaturale's Svelte provides 16 grams of protein (almost equal to a can of tuna) from organic soymilk. Its low-glycemic profile will help you maintain stable blood-sugar levels and the fiber keeps you full longer, too. Available in chocolate, French vanilla, cappuccino and spiced chai.
For more information: www.sveltebrand.com
Yes, you can have your cake and eat it, too -- or at least your cookies. Bypass the old cookie aisle and head for the natural food section for whole-grain trail mixes and Bear Naked's first soft-baked cookies. Made with whole grains and simple ingredients, the Double Chocolate and Fruit & Nut soft cookies contain a blend of dried fruits, chocolate and healthful nuts including almonds and walnuts. What you won't find is artificial ingredients, cholesterol or high-fructose corn syrup. If you prefer a wider array of flavor, try Bear Naked's 100% Pure and Natural Trail Mixes in Cranberry Almond, Pecan Apple Flax (omega-3s!) and Chocolate Cherry.
Check them out at: www.bearnaked.com
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