Published On: Apr 07 2014 05:16:00 PM EDTUpdated On: Jul 21 2015 02:00:00 AM EDT
Not all food found at the local convenience store is junk food. Here are 10 healthy foods that are now widely available at many gas stations and convenience stores across the U.S, compiled by Epicurious.
Prepared Fruit and 100 Percent Fruit Juice: While fresh, whole fruit is healthiest, prepared fruit cups with minimal added sugar and 100 percent fruit juice are decent bets.
Fresh Fruit: True, none of the fruit is organic, but eating produce with pesticides from time to time is better than not eating produce at all.
Yogurt: This might be a bit harder to find, but low-sugar/low-calorie yogurt is a great source of protein.
Hard-Boiled Eggs: These days, eggs are everywhere, ready to provide a handy source of protein.
Hummus: It's available everywhere these days, and hummus is yet another great source of satiating protein and fiber.
Trail Mix: Rifle through the bags that are filled with questionable stuff like "yogurt-covered" raisins, and you can usually find a trail mix that's made of mostly heart-healthy nuts and fiber-rich dried fruit.
Cheese: Sure, cheese has saturated fat, but it also has protein and calcium, and it's meal-like enough to help you steer clear of the "cheese-flavored" snacks.
Peanut Butter: Like trail mix, cheese, and eggs, peanut butter is a great source of protein, as well as healthy fat, plus fiber, all of which helps you feel full.
Whole-Grain Crackers and Bread: For something to pair with your peanut butter, look for 100 percent whole-grain crackers or bread.
Cereal and Milk: As with crackers and bread, if you follow the whole-grain rule and keep an eye on added sugar, cereal with milk is a much better breakfast choice than the doughnuts and muffins you'll find at convenience stores.
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