Food On The Go

Sometimes I just can’t find the time to make my meals and usually it results in eating out and/or something stupid – but it doesn’t need too! There are lots of healthy choices out there that are quick, convenient and take little or no time to prepare – sometimes it just requires a little shopping and thinking. Keep in mind a lot of these pre-packaged food choices cost more then doing it yourself, but if you don’t have the time sometimes it is worth the bit of extra money to have someone package it for you! So I have created a list of food items, I will put the calorie information as I know it but keep in mind it does vary from brand to brand. There are tons of options out there, these are just foods I eat often (I have provided links to some of my favourite brands, but there are lots different brands out there offering similar products.) – be creative, walk down every isle of the store and look at all your quick options! The key is to just be creative!

You could eat any of these as snack or mix and match as a meal!

  1. instant oatmeal (120 calories) – comes in all different flavours (calories do vary)
  2. kozy shack rice pudding cups – no sugar added (90 calories) – they also have tapioca (90 calories), chocolate (90 calories) and butterscotch (80 calories)
  3. del monte fruit cups (50-100 calories)
  4. jell-o sugar free cups (10 calories)
  5. jello-o sugar free pudding cups (60)
  6. source yogurt cups (40-60 calories) – I really love the dessert flavours! There are lots of other yogurt cups out there, the bigger they are the more calories, also have a look for fat free
  7. unsweetened apple sauce cup (50 calories)
  8. 7 melba toast – round ones (70 calories)
  9. 1 ryvita crispbread (40-80 calories)
  10. rice crackers (80-100 calories)
  11. kraft thin cheese slice (40 calories)
  12. can of regular tuna (90-140 calories)
  13. ocean’s tuna snackit (190 calories) also comes in salmon and a couple other tuna flavours
  14. mini can of flavoured tuna (100-180 calories)
  15. canned soup (70-200 per half cup calories) – look for lower calorie options like campbells healthy request or primo, chicken and vegetable will be lower in calories then clam chowder – just pick your soup wisely!
  16. Lipton Cup-A-Soup (50-80 calories)
  17. chewy quaker granola bars (100 calories)
  18. nature valley sweet and salty bar (160-170 calories)
  19. sun-rype fruitsource bar (with and without veggies) (130 calories)
  20. canned muscles/oysters (140-200 calories)
  21. canned sardines (170-200 calories)
  22. cottage cheese, half cup skim (90 calories)
  23. 100 calorie pack, like thinsations, chips, rice cakes (100 calories)
  24. rice cakes – plain and flavoured (30-60 calories per large cake)
  25. 14 mini rice cakes (100 calories)
  26. cheese string or stick (60-90 calories)
  27. popcorn – smart pop mini bag (100 calories) w/ popcorn seasoning
  28. beef jerkey – 1 large piece (80 calories)
  29. sliced deli meat, chicken or turkey 1 slice (approx. 10-20 calories depends on thickness)
  30. sliced veggies (calories are low and vary) with 1tbsp light dressing (20 calories), cucumber, celery, peppers are all very low, carrots are higher
  31. piece of fruit: apple (80 calories), orange (60 calories), banana (100 calories), peach (60 calories), 1 cup grapes (100 calories)
  32. boiled egg (70-80 calories) – I usually boil them when I am in the shower, make a few at a tim; they last forever in the fridge!
  33. 2 tbsp hummus (40-60 calories)
  34. quaker oatmeal to go bar (200 calories) – I find these really filling
  35. pre packaged smoked salmon 2oz (50-60 calories)
  36. pre packaged cooked small shrimp 2oz (30-50 calories)
  37. (I hope to keep adding to this)

This list could go on and on – take an hour go to the store and just walk up and down every isle, it is amazing the food items you can find that are quick and low in calories. Some of these foods will take a few seconds to put in a bag or a container but you could have your lunch/dinner/breakfast/snacks packed in under 5 minutes – just mix and match and be creative! Pair you can of tuna with some crackers, veggies, and a cup of soup! The options are endless once you start thinking about it.

Food Find: Chocolate Cool Whip

[rating:3.5]

I was walking through Wal-Mart (looking for Doggie Ice Cream; witch I didn’t find…) and I happened to see Chocolate Cool Whip! I love light cool whip for a little taste if I am craving ice cream or to put on top of my strawberries or jello so I jumped at the idea of chocolate flavoured so into the cart it went! I do eat my cool whip straight out of the freezer (I don’t keep in fridge like the package says) so it seems more like ice cream.

After rushing home and trying it out I can report that is is delicious. It tastes similar to chocolate malt or a Wendy’s Chocolate Frosty though not as good, witch is a good thing for me. It is only 35 calories at 3 tbsp and gives you a nice chocolate ice cream type taste, though I can’t see that I would be able to sit down and eat the entire tub (it’s not THAT good!). However if I did decide to eat the entire tub it would only be 563 calories – that certainly wouldn’t ruin a day!

However, in comparison 1/2 cup of regular chocolate ice cream is around 120 calories and 1/2 cup of chocolate cool whip is 93 – in my opinion if you really want the chocolate ice cream go for it, it’s only an extra 17 calories – my problem is that I can not eat only half a cup of ice cream – I can not control myself when it comes to ice cream. Chocolate cool whip on the other hand… I doubt I could eat much more then a 1/3 of a cup.

Chocolate Cool Whip does seem to be a ‘seasonal flavour’ so I can only assume it won’t be around long, go get it (and stock up!) while you can. I can’t see it being something I would eat all the time but it makes a nice treat once and a while, even just a mouthful or too to fill that craving for chocolate, ice cream or the both mixed together. I imagine on top of some fruit maybe even with a graham cracker or two it would be even more fantastic.

In short, Chocolate Cool Whip gets 3.5/5 stars because it satisfies my chocolate ice cream craving (without me having to eat the whole tub) it loses 1.5 stars because it is not always available (and hard to find) and it only saves you about 17 cals (per half a cup) in comparison to the real deal.