Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Purse Snacks

Planning is key to not making poor choices when out and about. When I am away from home I always pack a few yummy post weight loss surgery friendly snacks so that when I'm hungry I don't grab for crap.

Here are some of my no refrigeration necessary go-to's:

* Just the Cheese Crunchy Cheese

My favorite flavor is the White Cheddar (Mini Rounds), the Jalapeno and Wisconsin Cheddar are yummy too. This is my salty chip fix. You can make them yourself at home with a silpat, pile of parmesan, oven. Ummm ok yeah?! even I don't mess like that.

* Oh Yeah Protein Wafers

My favorite flavor is the Vanilla Peanut Butter Creme (think Little Debbie Nutty Bars). Chocolate Mint is tasty too.

* Almonds

All Almonds but especially a few Blue Diamond Vanilla Bean Almonds. 12 Vanilla Bean Almonds is a 1/2 oz. and believe me 12 is all the chewing a person can handle in a sitting. (1/2 oz. = 80 cals). I've found them at Target, Albertson's and Vons. Choose raw almonds and you are doing even better.

* Peanuts

Two favorite Lime & Salt (Sabritas brand hard to find) and my latest favorite Pesto Parmesan and Sun Dried Tomato Ranch. Here's what I do with them.

* Beef Jerky

I'm not a huge Beef Jerky fan but I really like this one. The A1 Steak Sauce flavor is yummy. I've found it at Walmart and Target.

* Luna Bars

These are my sweet cookie replacements. The Strawberry & Creme, Lemon Zest, Iced Oatmeal Raisin, and Chocolate Peppermint Stick (this is a Girl Scout Thin Mint) are my favorites. Generally, I eat 1/2 a bar at a sitting. Trader Joe's sells them for 99 cents each (best price I've found) but they don't always have every flavor.

* Apple with a pouch of Almond Butter

Can't beat this one. If you can't do apple skins be sure to throw a pen knife in your purse and don't try and go through any metal detectors. My favorite are Galas or Pink Ladies smeared with a single serve packet of Justin's Maple Almond Butter. If you like regular peanut butter those little Jif to Go's are great.

* Soy Crisps

All time favorite are Trader Joe's Olive Oil Garlic Feta ones but a new favorite are the Newman's Own Organics Cinnamon Sugar flavor.

* Kay's Naturals Better Balance Honey Almond Protein Cereal

This stuff is great. Sweet and nutty, super crunchy. It looks sort of like Honey Nut Cheerios but tastes soooo much better. Don't be frightened off by the Protein Cereal name... you don't taste protein at all.

Well those are mine. I'll add to the list as I think of more.

Feel free to comment and leave your no refrigeration needed favorites.

Here's some other protein snack ideas (refrigeration required)


Amie said...

Thanks for posting this, Shelly. I have not been able to find those Just the Cheese things, I want to order from Amazon (next paycheck!) I have heard of the cheese on the silpat thing from a time I did Adkins, but never connected the two. I'm going to have to try that until I can order. Cheese is my friend. As always, you have given me good ideas. Amie

courtneylyn (on OH) said...

Hi Michelle! I've seen your posts on OH and just recently went through your blog. I think I am all caught up now on the last two years of your life!! Anyway I just wanted to thank you for sharing everything you have. I have copied a bunch of your recipes I can't wait to try and have also really appreciated reading all about the ins and outs of your wls journey. Congrats on your inspiring success and thanks again for putting all this out there in blog world. :)

Ammie said...

Bought the soy crisps from TJ's today and they are delish! Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Greetings: I have just found new Luna Protein Bars that have 12 grams of protein and they have great flavors, my favorite is chocolate cherry almond. I also could not find the Cheese snacks locally but did find them online, will order them there. Thanks for the great snack ideas that are wls friendly!