Lunch To Go

Keep your energy levels steady by choosing smart snacks before or after a workout. A few of our favorite fitness-friendly snacks are listed below.

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Smart Snacking for an Active Lifestyle
Regular snacking is vital to a healthy and active lifestyle. Fitness-friendly snacks should be quick, delicious, and balanced to satisfy your exercise and nutrition needs (as well as your hectic schedule). Active women should aim for snacks in the 100- to 200-calorie range (active men may need a bit more) and keep in mind, you may need to eat up to two snacks a day between meals to keep your energy levels steady all day long.

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Send us your receipt showing proof of purchase of one or more "Lunch To Go" product(s) and receive a complimentary Cooking Light lunch tote, while supplies last. Mail to:

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P.O. Box 5067
South Hackensack, NJ

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Fresh and Light Salad
A simple salad makes a perfect mini-meal. Green beans are low in calories (1 cup contains only 35) and navy beans are a good source of magnesium for muscle building and bone health. Vitamins C and A from fresh vegetables and a sprinkle of calcium-rich cheese add up to a tasty and nutritious snack that wonâ??t leave you searching for the nearest vending machine.

View Recipe:
White Bean, Tomato and Green Bean Salad»

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Portable Snack Mix
Why spend extra money on packaged snack mixes when you can make your own? This mix of cereal, pretzels, crackers, and spices is chock full of energy-boosting carbohydrates. Experiment with different spices to create your own signature flavors. Have a few handfuls along with a piece of fruit before a workout, or pair up with a protein-rich string cheese after a workout.

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Crisp and Spicy Snack Mix»

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A Snack You Can Sip
This light and fresh tomato soup can be enjoyed hot or cold for a delicious and hydrating snack. All fluids contribute to hydrationâ??even soup! Tomatoes are a very good source of fiber, vitamins A and C, and potassium, an electrolyte founds in many sports drinks because it helps your body maintain correct fluid balance and aids in preventing muscle cramps. Cooked tomatoes contain especially high levels of the antioxidant lycopene.

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Fresh Tomato Soup»

Health TipHave A Healthy Snack Attack
Research from the University of California, San Francisco, found that consuming foodâ??particularly items that contain sugar and fatâ??appears to calm the body's hormonal response to stress. But before you head to the vending machine, take a series of deep breaths; delay reaching for food for 15 minutes; drink a hot beverage such as tea, which can be soothing; and distract yourself by calling a friend or taking a walk. If you still feel like eating, then you're probably hungry. Eat a smart snack that fits your cravingâ??a small piece of chocolate with a glass of skim milk, for example.

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