Shopping for Cheap Gas and Healthy Snacks

So one of my New Year’s Resolutions is to lose six pounds before the Blissdom conference next month, but somehow since I made that resolution I’ve actually gained two pounds!  My problem is not meals so much because I plan out healthy meals in advance for the family.  My problem is with snacks!  I’m too busy to eat very much during the day so I’m usually starving by suppertime.  I’ll get full with dinner then start snacking for the rest of the evening and lose all track of calories.

I seem to gain and lose the same 6 to 8 pounds over and over and I know myself well enough to know that if I try and deprive myself of chocolate, or the occasional yummy snack, I’ll never stick to any diet.  Sooooo – this year is all about portion control!  My plan is to eat three small balanced meals (including the occasional meal bar or shake) plus a couple of snacks each day.

Now instead of starving then splurging I’m going to eat my snacks but try to select healthier options and keep a close eye on the fat, calories, and number of servings per package.  For example, I’m a big fan of Hot Fries, but I’d never really paid attention before to see that there are actually three servings in this bag!  The good news is that they were so warm it really turned out to be more like four servings, plus they’re baked not fried like my favorite potato chips so a small serving is a good substitute.

Hubby and I were out running errands the other night and we stopped in at our favorite Murphy USA gas station for some cheap gas and I wanted to check out the snack selection.  The prices were reasonable and the selection was actually pretty good considering its one of the Express locations where you pay at the window and the snacks are arranged outside leading up to the window.

I was hoping for fruit but since they don’t really have shelves I’m sure that was too much to ask.  I bought Fig Newtons instead and we split the cookies even though the package said it was one serving.  They were filling and hit the spot so I was proud of that substitute for a fatty snack.  I bought some cheddar crackers for hubby and some miniature Oreo and Nutter Butter cookies for me.  The price was great at two for $1.39 and with three servings each they’ll actually last me awhile.

They did have a good selection of fruit and vegetable juices, however I opted for the water instead.  Other choices I considered were cashews, peanuts, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds.  While not necessarily health foods, I think these are much healthier choices than my previous cinnamon roll, candy bar and potato chip selections.

This experience has been part of a study with Murphy USA. All opinions are my own.