food to love // homemade bistro box

Monday, October 6, 2014
I'm back with another quick, easy, healthy meal: the bistro box. There are tons of variations on this out there, but this one is based on one that I've bought a few times from the 7-Eleven down the street. That's right...7-Eleven!

Typically it is difficult to find healthy options at gas stations and convenience stores, but one morning when I was feeling rushed and didn't have anything to bring to work for lunch, I popped in 7-Eleven* and was surprised to find they had several items in their refrigerated section labeled Fresh To Go, including a few types of sandwiches, salads, fruit, and this bistro box.

The box contains hummus, mini pita bread rounds, cheese cubes, grapes, celery, and carrots. It's super delicious and rings in at only 390 calories. However, I knew it'd be just as easy and yummy to make it myself. My version is about 230 calories!

Homemade Bistro Box

5 Stacy's Plain Pita Chips
1 stalk celery, cut into thirds, then each third cut in half lengthwise
10 red grapes
1 oz. Trader Joe's Lite Mild Cheddar Cheese, cubed**
10 baby carrots
1 tbsp Saba Classic Hummus

To pack on-the-go, combine the carrots and grapes in a container, but separate the cheese, celery, and chips into their own bags/containers. Pack hummus in a smaller container. And that's it! 

Other additions/substitutions to consider: turkey pepperoni slices, prosciutto, apple slices, snap peas, cherry tomatoes, different types of cheese... the list goes on. 

*Not all 7-Elevens carry this line of food. 
**Third image shows Trader Joe's Syrah Soaked Toscano Cheese.

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