I have read that we should be eating foods that are high nutrition, low calorie. I try to keep this in mind when shopping around. I think it means healthy, low sugar, low saturated fat, good protein, good fiber, low empty carbs, etc. Today I left my lunch at home by accident, and found myself hungry and in the city. Those who live or work in the city know that prepared food can be expensive, in addition to any added sales tax. So I decided to go next door to this discount store with lots of food items and see what I could find for a healthy lunch.
Here’s what I got:
- 1 Chobani yogurt
- 2 Kind snack bars
- 1 bag raw almonds
I think I did pretty well and here’s why…
Generally speaking I am looking for a 2000 calorie diet divided by 4 meals a day. That’s 500 calories per meal. Then I look at how much protein am I getting from the item. I like to think I’m getting a decent amount of protein for my money, and not just loading up on carbs.
I look at the overall Calories, Protein, Carbs, Fat, Fiber and Sodium, and try to make a general judgement.
Here’s what this group provided:
- 1 Chobani yogurt: Cal 140, Protein 11g, Carbs 18g, Fat 2.5g, Fiber <1g (but I made up for this in the Kind bars and Raw Almonds), Sodium 100mg
- 2 Kind snack bars: Cal 400, Protein 16g, Carb 32g, Fat 26g (most was monounsaturated), Fiber 6g, Sodium 80mg
- 1 bag raw almonds (35g): Cal 200, Protein 7g, Carb 8g, Fat 17g, Fiber 4g, Sodium 0mg
Altogether this nutritional group gave me 740 calories and 34g of Protein for about $6.80 plus tax. I’m pretty happy with that and no bread flour products.
Here’s to good food choices!