Pre-packing food in portions and in units of 100 calories helps me stay within the calories I need for the day. On busy days I can pack for lunch and breakfast by grabbing my "food units" - 10 items = 1000 cals - I can toss them into my lunch bag and stay within my calorie guidelines!!
I use baggies and reusable 1-cup bowls with screw-on lids. I keep a couple of ice packs in the freezer. If I pack at night I leave my bag in the fridge. If I'm rushing out the door, it takes 5 minutes to pack and I make good choices.
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Buy regular sized boxes of snacks, like crackers, cookies, pretzels, etc at the grocery store instead of the overpriced 100 cal packs, but then when you get home separate them into your own 100 calorie packs (or less) to bring to work or school. You save money, get greater variety of snacks, and practice portion control!
I love cheese and crackers. With Laughing Cow cheese, string cheese, and Kraft 100 Calorie cheese packs, all that was missing was a decent low cal cracker. Special K Multi Grain fills the bill. 17 crackers for 90 calories. Sometimes I take the 100 cal cheese pack, 1 piece per cracker and microwave for 15 secs. Appetizer, lunch, whatever, Mmmm!
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