Dallas Trip: Gas Station Snack

On the way home from Dallas, we stopped at a gas station.  I went in with the goal of finding a snack.  As defined by the UAMS program, a snack is one starch exchange and one fat exchange.  One exchange of a starchy food contains about 15 grams of carbohydrate, up to 3 grams of protein, up to 1 gram of fat and 80 calories.  One fat exchange equals 5 grams of fat and 45 calories.  In Utopia, I would have been able to find something with 15 grams of carbohydrate, 3 grams of protein, and up to 6 grams of fat, totaling 125 calories.  In a gas station.

I strode past the chips, through the candy, around the fried foods, and finally saw some granola bars.  There was a pretty good selection, and I reached for the nearest one.  At well over 200 calories, not very much protein, and way too much fat, I put it down quickly.  Poking around further, I noticed little boxes on each of the bars indicating how many carbohydrate servings each had.  I located a bar that indicated it was a single serving.

Snack Back Label

The closest I could come was 9 grams of fat, 20 grams of carbohydrate, 4 grams of protein, and 170 calories.  Again, this wasn’t Utopia.  This was a gas station in New Boston, Texas.  As I took the bar to the counter to pay for it, I realized that I hadn’t even noticed what exactly it was I was buying.

Snack Bar Front

A Sweet & Salty Bar by Nature Valley.  It was tasty, it hit the spot, and it was a much better choice than I would have made before becoming nutrition literate.

What’s the best gas station snack you’ve found?

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One thought on “Dallas Trip: Gas Station Snack

  1. Neville Sarkari says:

    I’ve sometimes found the Special-K protein meal bars at gas stations. They make a pretty nice snack.

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