You guys know I love single-servings or portion-controlled amounts of all foods. Why make things challenging? Make it as easy as possible for you to stick to your health goals.
Here's a list of the foods I think are worth it to purchase in single-serving amounts.
Of course, if you want to save on packaging and make individual packages yourself, more power to you!
First of all, guacamole and avocados go brown pretty quickly. Which annoys me.
Trader Joe's has individual servings of guacamole "Guacamole to Go" - which are lifesavers! Sabra, Wholly Guacamole, and I'm sure other brands, also have their own versions. Also, the ingredients in these packages are usually clean and minimal, so no worries there. Honestly, the Sabra and Wholly Guacamole packets are easier to transport and eat out of than the Trader Joe's variety - so if you had a choice I'd go with those. The Trader Joe's packets are a bit difficult to eat.
Whether it's sliced cheese, string cheese, cheese sticks, or round cheeses in wax, I love getting cheese in these single-serving amounts for ease of portion control.
My favorites at Trader Joe's are the fresh mozzarella cheese sticks and the Pepperjack slices - I need a lot of flavor!
Nuts and Nut Butters
Let's be honest here: it is TOO EASY to overeat delicious nuts and nut butters if we're not controlling the amount. Eating them out of a big canister or jar is just a recipe for disaster - especially when we're stressed out at work or school, or late at night.
Here's a whole article I wrote on my fave nut and nut butter packets.
Sweets & Desserts
This is a bit of a tricky one, because everyone is satisfied by something different, but I do generally recommend buying dessert in single-serving amounts, again to help us stay on track.
Some of my personal favorites are Trader Joe's 100-calorie "mini" chocolate bars and Dove's mini ice creams (about 70 calories each).
However, you DO need to find what will work specifically for you. If one mini Dove ice cream bar won't satisfy you, you may end up eating 2 or 3 or 4, which negates what we're trying to accomplish.
As always, you do YOU!