You can’t count on the 99 Cent Store to actually have anything that’s on your shopping list. Merchandise changes as frequently as I change my underwear (once a week) (kidding). That said, in the past few weeks, I’ve been going specifically to the 99 Cent Store looking for a few items, and, for the most part, I’ve been lucky because they’ve had them in stock. I’m aware that my luck with change any day now (probably as soon as I publish this blog), but that’s a risk that’s worth taking, just because nothing at the 99 Cent Store costs more than a buck.
Here’s my list of healthy items that I’ve been buying at the 99 Cent Store:
1) V8. I love vegetable juice!
V8 is nutritious and delicious (although a bit of an acquired taste, I suppose), but it does have one major problem: it’s very high in sodium. So I only buy the low sodium variety.
All three varieties of V8 have 70 calories and are fat-free, but Low Sodium V8 only has 200mgs of sodium (8% of your daily value), compared to 600mgs (25%) for Original V8 and 690mgs (29%) for Spicy Hot. So stick with Low Sodium!
2) Beef Jerky. Another high sodium food. I love it as a pre- or post-workout protein fix, and the 99 Cent Store has single serving bags that are perfect to grab and go.
Jerky commonly comes in bigger bags that have 3 servings in them, but once I rip open a bag, I have trouble stopping at one serving. Since most jerky servings have around 90 calories and only a couple grams of fat, it wouldn’t be the end of the world if I ate more than one serving, except for that pesky sodium. On average, a serving of jerky has about a third of your day’s worth of sodium, and that’s a lot. And that’s why I like these 99 Cent Store single serving bags… they eliminate the temptation to eat more!
3) Tuna. Another high-protein, low-fat, low-calorie food. The 99 Cent Store has grocery store brands, but cheaper. I buy the kind that’s packed in water, not oil – they’re frequently labeled ‘light.’
I saw these boxed fat-free tuna salad and cracker combos the other day, and bought a couple… but haven’t tried one yet. Have you?
4) Gum. For after you eat jerky or tuna.
Of all the items on this list, gum is the one that’s always at the 99 Cent Store. I like to have a few packs lying around, and I always take gum with me when I go to parties where I might be tempted to graze for hours on end. Instead, I enjoy a plate of food, and then pop a piece of gum in my mouth.
5) Pregnancy Tests.
You know, for my bitches.
5) Coconut Water. The real #5 on my list is coconut water, which I’ve only recently begun drinking as a post-workout beverage.
Coconut water is nature’s Gatorade. An 11.2-ounce serving has 60 calories and is loaded with electrolytes, including more potassium than a banana (and 15 times more potassium than sports drinks). Potassium is great for blood pressure and helping your muscles relax.
I’ve only begun seeing coconut water at the 99 Cent Store, but since this exact brand costs nearly $2 at other stores, I’m hoping I’ll continue to find it at the 99 Cent Store in the future!
What healthful items do you like to buy at the 99 Cent Store? Share in the comments section!
Keep it up, David!