As we enter 2021, it’s more important than ever before to eat healthy food to stay in shape. Here are healthy convenience store alternatives to meet your goal.
So, if you’ve decided that 2021 is going to be the year you prioritize your health fitness and likely even started making changes to your daily routine and lifestyle habits. Also, you’re trying hard to control those midnight sugar cravings.
But then you go out on a weekend to run a few errands and feel the hunger pangs hit you. Unless you’re carrying some healthy snacks, you’ll be drawn to those gorgeous pictures of delectable fast food on display on billboards.
And with that, your resolution to lose weight is going to get pushed to the coming year.
The good news is, you can find a treasure trove of healthy snack options at your nearest Alon or DK store.
Of course, when you think of convenience stores, the first items that come to your mind are likely a bag of chips, candy, or fountain drinks. But these food items are loaded with sugar and don’t boast an impressive nutrient profile.
However, if you look past the obvious junk food options, you’ll find a plethora of low-calorie alternatives at every convenience store. You just have to keep an eye out for the right food items.
To help keep your resolutions on track and stick to your goals, here are a few healthy snack options that you should look for during your next visit to one of our convenience store locations:
Nothing kick starts your day better than a bowl of crunchy cereal and milk. It’s an excellent source of fiber and provides you with adequate energy to carry on with your day. The good news is that you can enjoy your favorite breakfast even if you skip it at home.
Most convenience stores offer single-use cereal packs, as well as whole-grain cereal cups. Try to look for options that include other healthy ingredients, such as nuts and seeds. Pair it with some skim/1 percent milk or Greek yogurt and you have a healthy meal to satiate your hunger pangs.
2. Fresh Fruits
Nothing screams healthy louder than gorging on a fresh apple or banana. Fruits are rich in essential nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Whole fruits, such as bananas, apples, oranges, etc. are hassle-free and suitable for gorging on the go.
Any standard convenience store would stock plenty of fresh fruits to choose from. If you’re lucky, you’ll even find a decent variety of fruit salads and fresh harvest blends. It’s a great way of quenching your sugar cravings minus the calories and guilt.
3. String Cheese
Are you looking for a delicious savory snack that’s rich in protein, vitamins, and calcium? Then string cheese is a perfect choice. It’s readily available at most stores and is suitable for satiating your hunger in between proper meals. Look for the ones made using skim or 1 percent milk if you’re feeling particularly calorie conscious.
Feeling the urge to nibble on something savory? Swap that bag of Doritos for a meaty snack that is low in carbohydrates and packed with protein. Lean beef or pork jerky is the ideal snack for keeping your energy levels up while on the go.
As a reminder, jerky often has a high sodium content. You should, therefore, avoid over-consumption, and be sure to opt for low-sodium meals for the rest of the day.
5. Hummus & Veggies
If you aren’t fond of fruits and salads, try gorging on some crunchy vegetables dunked in hummus. It’s a great alternative to snacking on potato chips and pretzels, which are loaded with fats, carbohydrates, and sugar. On the other hand, hummus is an excellent source of plant-based protein, has anti-inflammatory properties, and promotes digestive health.
Also, it’s always a good idea to eat a hearty portion of veggies. From baby carrots and celery to cherry tomatoes and broccoli florets – most stores stock fresh produce, as well as frozen vegetables. Also, if luck is on your side, you’ll find a wide variety of fancy hummus flavors, such as beetroot, sweet potato, avocado, etc.
Popcorn is a low-calorie and fiber-rich snack that quickly satisfies sudden hunger pangs while you’re on the road. It even contains antioxidants that promote blood circulation and digestive health. Try and look for the air-popped variant, which is exceptionally low in fats and cholesterol.
A jar of pickles is readily available in any convenience store. While you’d typically eat pickles in a sandwich or burger, they’re delicious as a standalone snack too. Also, considering that pickles are fermented, they help improve digestion due to their probiotic nature. However, make sure you don’t gorge on too many pickles in one go, as they’ve got a high sodium content.
8. Fruit and Nut Trail Mix
Typically, a pack of trail mix comprises sugar-rich ingredients, such as M&Ms. However, many brands have started producing healthier versions of trail mix containing dried fruits, berries, seeds, and nuts. They’re rich in fiber and protein and provide your body with enough fuel for the road.
Eliminating oily and sugary snacks from your life is always a good idea, irrespective of whether you’re on a diet. This is particularly crucial when you’re on the road, heading for a family outing, or just running errands. Fortunately, you’ll find a plethora of healthy snack alternatives at any convenience store. From popcorn and trail mix to fruit salads and cottage cheese – you can use various foods to replace unhealthy snacks.
So, what are you waiting for? Find the nearest Alon/DK store and head out shopping for healthy food now!