How to Choose Healthy Food Options at the Convenience Store

List: Posted: 06/09/11

Living a healthy lifestyle isn’t easy.  When you are out and about, or trying to find a fast snack at the convenience store, it can seem like just about every type of food you find is unhealthy.  Candy, chips and soda seem to take up most of the space in these stores.  However, if you look closely, you will still be able to find some food at the convenience store that is a little healthier than most of the options they have.

 

Fruit

 

Some stores are now stocking small quantities of fruit in the refrigerated section.  If you are going to buy fruit, make sure that you check that it is ripe before buying. 

 

Protein

 

Another option is to check out the protein bars they have.  Quite a few convenience stores have these bars, and Balance Bars or Cliff Bars are great options.  While they are not the healthiest food on the planet, they are slightly better than the candy bar alternative.  Trail mix that contains just dried fruit and nuts is a good option, as well.  Whenever possible, opt for organic.

 

Grains

 

When buying grains, look for whole grains, instead of white or multi.  These come without all of the bleach and dyes, and are packed with natural vitamins and nutrients.

 

Meat

 

When buying meat, be aware that many products are full of chemicals and toxins.  These can cause illnesses and diseases, so look at the nutritional label.  If you must eat meat, try white meat instead of red.  Turkey slices are great for a snack, or try buying some pre-cooked chicken to toss into salads to make a full meal.

 

Packaged Foods

 

For slightly healthier options in the snack aisle, find pretzels that have reduced or no salt. Small bags of popcorn are another option.  Look for low sodium and low fat versions of snack food. 

 

When you know what to look for and what to avoid, you will be able to find more of these food options when you are at the convenience store and avoid consuming too many preservatives or fat.

Convenience Stores

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    • 43974 Pipeline Plz
    • Ashburn, VA 20147
    • (703) 726-1018

      At 7-Eleven, our doors are always open, and our friendly store teams are ready to serve you. Our fresh, fast and convenient hot foods appeal to any craving, so your on-the-go meal can still be delicious! Come in to any 7-Eleven store and you’ll find a broad selection of fresh, high-quality products at an everyday fair price, along with speedy transactions in a clean and friendly shopping environment. Visit your neighborhood 7-Eleven in Ashburn for all your everyday needs and text EARN to 711711 to download the 7-Eleven app and join 7Rewards today! Get even more great offers from 7-Eleven with Belly rewards at this location!

      • 20630 Ashburn Rd
      • Ashburn, VA 20147
      • (703) 723-3806
      • 21807 Shellhorn Rd
      • Ashburn, VA 20147
      • (571) 223-1996
      • 43971 Farmwell Hunt Plz
      • Ashburn, VA 20147
      • (703) 858-2754

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