If you think burgers and high-fat meals are the only fast food hunger fixes, you're in for a yummy surprise. Some of the tastiest and healthiest snacks (one contains no calories or artificial sweeteners!) are now grab-and-go. Here's a rundown of a few of the latest and greatest healthy treats for busy women.
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.
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!
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.
Bear Naked Soft-Baked Granola Cookies and Trail Mix Blends
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.
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