You could spend hours in the candy aisle trying to decide which is the least toxic option for a pipe-side snack, so let us save you some time: it’s PayDay. The main ingredient is actually a food, peanuts, while the main ingredient in most others is sugar. Payday has only eleven ingredients versus the mini paragraph of chemicals its other gas station mates boast. The PayDay bar has no hydrogenated oils, no preservatives, and no artificial ingredients. Sure, it contains corn syrup but not the high fructose version, and it packs 7 grams of protein. Peanuts— no hazelnut, mind you— provide resveratrol, the phenolic antioxidant also found in red grapes and red wine. Assuredly not worth passing on a hearty glass of cab with your après steak dinner, but an option. Cost: $1.99. Calories: 240 calories.
Jess Kelley, MNT, is a Master Nutrition Therapist and has completed over 500 hours of nutrition education at the Nutrition Therapy Institute in Denver, Colorado. She has a private practice in southwest Colorado called Durango Nutrition where she specializes in food allergies and hormone balance. Jess has a BA in Journalism and is currently the Managing Editor for Edible San Juan Mountains Magazine. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.