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Top Packaged Food Choices for Endurance Athletes

Bzzzz. BZZZZZZZZZZZZZ. BZZZZZZZZZZZZZ. Alarm goes off and immediately you go in auto mode, whether it's reaching for the bowl of cereal, setting the coffee maker on, or grabbing a banana and heading out the door we all have our time saving rituals. Especially for those people who are committed to fitness, spending the time on healthy meals can seem close to impossible. The thing is, though, without the right fuel your fitness will only get so far and then it will plateau.

Thankfully, there are many grab and go options in all supermarkets which are actually healthy. As long as you know which ones to grab, and which ones to speed by you can be fueled for the day in just moments. Women's Health published a great article on the best supermarket choices for women.

Some of their top reccomendations:

1. Haagen-Dazs Fat-Free Cranberry Blueberry Sorbet
A refreshing new fat-free treat made with antioxidant-loaded cranberry and blueberry purees. Promotes weight loss; fights heart disease.
Per 1/2 cup: 100 cal, 0 g fat, 25 g carbs, 0 mg sodium, < 1 g fiber, 0 g protein

2. Ben & Jerry's FroYo Chocolate Fudge Brownie
The delicious chocoholic blend not only is thigh-friendly but also delivers 150 milligrams of calcium. Builds bone; fights heart disease.
Per 1/2 cup: 170 cal, 2.5 g fat (0.5 g sat), 34 g carbs, 95 mg sodium, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein

3. Quaker Simple Harvest All Natural Multigrain Instant Hot Cereal
Made with whole oats, barley, wheat, flax seed, and rye, you'd never guess that this super-satisfying cereal was instant. Fights heart disease.
Per packet (maple-brown sugar with pecans): 160 cal, 3.5 g fat (0.5 g sat), 30 g carbs, 75 mg sodium, 4 g fiber, 4 g protein

4. Organic Valley Single Serve 1% Chocolate Lowfat Milk
Another study has found that chocolate moo juice helps muscles recover better after a workout. And this shelf-stable, portable single pack will fit nicely into your workout bag. Builds bone; promotes weight loss; builds muscle.
Per cup: 150 cal, 2.5 g fat (1.5 g sat), 25 g carbs, 290 mg sodium, 1 g fiber, 9 g protein

5. Chobani Pomegranate 0% Greek Yogurt
Thick and oh-so creamy but still fat free, Greek yogurt has more muscle-building protein than regular varieties. Builds bone; promotes weight loss; builds muscle.
Per container: 140 cal, 0 g fat, 21 g carbs, 75 mg sodium, 0 g fiber, 14 g protein

For more packaged foods which meet the endurance athletes needs check out the whole artice here.