1. Go Picnic Meals: These are great for taking on road trips, keeping in your desk drawer or even taking on a picnic. They have versions that are allergy and kid friendly. My favorite is the turkey stick + crunch. It's gluten free, 330 calories, has 4g fiber, 9g protein and 50% of your daily Vitamin C. It doesn't contain MSG, HFCS, artificial colors or trans fats. Everything is separated out so you can eat the whole meal or save some for later. I buy them in a 6 pack on Amazon for 21.24 or $3.54 per meal. Use Swagbucks to earn Amazon gift cards and save even more!
2. Amy's Low Sodium Lentil Vegetable Soup: Almost any canned product you buy has a high sodium content. This soup cuts down on the sodium but still has great flavor and texture. The ingredients are: filtered Water, Organic Onions, Organic Lentils, Organic Carrots, Organic Celery, Organic Potatoes, Organic Tomatoes, Organic Spinach, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Garlic, Sea Salt, Organic Balsamic Vinegar, Spices 1 can = 2 servings, each serving has 150 calories, 6g fiber, and 7g protein. Amazon sells a 12 can case for $25.81 or $2.15 per can. The price on Amazon fluctuates a lot so sometimes I buy it on vitacost or at my local store.
3. Amy's Vegetarian Chili with Vegetables: In contrast to the lentil soup this variety has a pretty high sodium content (590mg per serving). However, it still packs a nutritious punch. It's 190 calories, has 8g fiber and 7g protein. Amazon sells this for between 25-35 per 12 can case. I've found that I can buy it cheaper on vitacost, especially with this $10off coupon.
4. Kitchens of India: Per serving, the sodium is off the charts (880mg) but I love to serve this over rice to stretch out the serving size. My favorites are vegetable korma and Paleek Paneer.
5. Larabars: These are great as an occasional meal replacement or snack. Most flavors come in at around 200 calories. Each flavor has less than 6 ingredients. My favorite flavors are pecan pie and ginger snap. Amazon sells them for 18.39 a case or $1.15 a bar. Coupon are available on occasion and you may find a better deal at your local grocer.
Now I wouldn't recommend that you eat any canned or packaged food on a regular basis but I think all of these items are great to keep on hand. I like to keep some or all of these items on hand for emergency preparedness, busy times or if I'm on the run. Some of these items are expensive; however, I think they tend to come out cheaper than a trip to a fast food joint.
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