As a general practice I try to stay away from your standard gas station "convenience foods" and grocery-side "100 calorie packs" as much as possible. These seemingly innocuous quick-consumption treats typically bring zero nutritional value to the table, do nothing to curb our appetite for genuine sustenance, and are a waste of wrapper. After all, fruit is nature's own 100-calorie (or less!) pack chock full of fiber and nutrients and it comes in a biodegradable (nay, soil sustaining) wrapper. But there's one convenience product I have been loving lately and thought I should share - Wholly Guacamole 100 Calorie Snack Packs. The ingredients are simple and recognizable (Avocados, Jalapeno Puree (White Vinegar, Jalapeno Peppers), Dehydrated Onion, Salt, Granulated Garlic) and the result is delicious. Since guacamole is pretty messy and tends to go brown and inedible if made in advance, the single serving packs are a great way to get some more avo into a busy lifestyle. Many people don't realize that avocados are high in fiber, Vitamin K, Folate and contain heart-healthy fats. Of course, eating fresh, raw avocado is best, but when your day calls for a more convenient option, the Wholly Guacamole packs are a good choice. Lately, I've been squeezing them on top of salads as a dressing, scooping them over bowls of brown rice and sauteed veggies, and plunging carrots and pepper strips into them. Yum! What's your favorite nutritional convenience food?
PS - For fellow raw-foods enthusiasts, I just discovered the Raw on $10 a Day (or Less!) blog and have been drooling over the menus all evening. You've got to check this one out!