Thursday, September 22, 2011

Emergency Snacks courtesy of Hungry Girl

emergency snack, noun
plural emergency snacks

A guilt-free food that can be stored in a backpack, purse, mini fridge, or desk drawer. Suitable for chewing when hunger unexpectedly hits. Frequently filling and capable of squashing a craving. A Hungry Girl staple.

In HG Land, emergency snacks are a MUST. And while we stand firmly by our standard emergency snack list, it's always nice to change it up a bit. Here are some seasonal snackables and new products on our radar...
Veg Out & Fruit Up!

Fruit and veggies are always great, but going seasonal is the best way to get delicious produce for a good price. Since we're creeping into autumn, some fantastic fruity bets are apples, pears, and plums. (Pears and plums can be kinda delicate, so pop 'em in a case or wrap them in foil for travel.) Late-summer veggies, like zucchini, are still around; slice those up for on-the-go munching. And as the weather gets cooler, grab some broccoli and cauliflower to hack into florets; throw some in a baggie and bring them wherever you go.

Some GREAT new snack bars have recently hit store shelves! One of the best new picks is the 90-calorie Quaker Chewy Smashbar, which comes in Graham Pretzel and Pretzel Berry -- sweet 'n salty lovers rejoice! (But if you have milk allergies, you might want to avoid these.) KIND Mini bars are also great, with only around 110 calories a pop -- a perfect way to take the edge off your hunger without the caloric investment of a full-size KIND bar. If you like your bars crunchy, Clif Crunch Granola Bars should be just your speed -- they come two to a pack and are available in fun flavors like White Chocolate Macadamia Nut and Blueberry Crisp! Not into granola? No problem. Nimble bars (from the Balance Bar peeps) are protein-packed, nougat-like treats that rock our faces off for just 120 calories each -- the Peanut Butter version is heartbreakingly delicious! And our newest favorite is Perfect Foods Bar Lite Cranberry Crunch -- it's packed with amazing flavor and lots of energy-boosting stuff, and each bar has just 199 calories.
Some Refrigeration Required...

Low-fat dairy snacks are GREAT because the protein is filling and, well, they taste awesome... provided you know which to choose. The first on our list of new finds isn't technically low in fat, but it's so tasty that we'll allow the extra fat grams. Mini Babybel, the beloved line of wax-coated cheese wheels, now features two more non-light varieties -- White Cheddar and Sharp Original, with just 60 - 75 calories each. (They'll be fine in your purse during a short day trip.) Also yummy and portable is Weight Watchers Smoked Flavor Mozzarella String Cheese, with only 50 calories per stick -- the smoked flavor is a total upgrade from standard string cheese! When it comes to yogurt these days, it's all about accessorizing. YoGreek Yogurt + Crunch pairs creamy fat-free Greek yogurt with a sidecar of granola for only 140 calories and 0.5g fat. Not to be left out, Yoplait has a new line of Light Yogurt with Granola; fruit-on-the-bottom yogurt with a generous amount of granola for a total of 190 calories per container. And in case you haven't heard, we're nuts about Fage Total 0% and 2% Greek yogurts with fruity add-ins,
which have 120 - 140 calories each (not including the honey options) -- Mango Guanabana is our favorite... and we're not even that certain what guanabana is!
Sweet Street

A little something sweet can keep us from going overboard and eating heavy dessert items. A few of our newest sweet indulgences? Jelly Belly's Candy Corn Jelly Beans are so delicious that we can't wait for Halloween... but these beans will help tide us over -- a 25-bean serving has about 100 calories. We're also BIG fans of Panda All Natural Cherry Licorice... especially now that it comes in convenient 100-calorie bars! Finally, keep an eye out for new flavors in two of our favorite lines of sugar-free gum. The Apple Pie flavor by Extra Dessert Delights is mind-blowingly amazing, and the Trident Layers Sweet Cherry + Island Lime tastes kinda like a Cherry Limeade from Sonic. Mmmm...

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