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The best on-the-fly Snacks!

 
Imagining a world where vending machines dish carrots and you always crave grapes? OK, back to reality. We’ve rounded up the best easy (and healthy) bites, so you can grab ’em and go!

Best Chocolate Fix
Pudding snacks. The creamy classics have 10 percent of your daily calcium and less sugar than lotsa yogurts. Stir in banana slices or berries to up the vitamin factor.

Best Throw ‘n’ Go
Dark chocolate + heart-healthy nuts = new fave granola bar. Kashi’s TLC bars are packed with keep-ya-full fiber, without the calories of an energy bar. Keep some in your locker for any time you need a midday boost. 

Best Crunchy Crispy
Turns out you can eat more airy snacks (like popcorn or puffy cheese curls) while taking in fewer calories (makes sense—they’re less loaded with grease). Mini rice snacks (like Quakes) come in chip-like flavors (BBQ!) but only have 60 calories per serving.

Best Cheesy Fave
Whether you just finished a big game or a tough workout, a protein and carb combo is a must. String cheese has as much protein as an egg (who knew?) and just around 100 calories. Munch it with an apple, wheat toast or a couple of crackers.

Best of the Halloween Haul
Even if you don’t go trick-or-treating, October means a colossal amount of candy. If you crave chocolate-y treats, opt for 3 Musketeers—the nougat center means fewer calories. If fruity stuff is your fave, go for something that takes a while to savor (like Jolly Ranchers or a Tootsie Pop). Don’t forget to brush your teeth, OK?

Best Trail Mix
Gorp is super-portable but some trail mixes have almost 40 grams of fat in a single serving. Seek ones with lots of seeds and dried fruit like Woodstock Farms Organic Trail Mix. Portion it in baggies and you’re good to go.

POSTED ON 10/16/2009 10:51:00 AM

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