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.
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.
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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