Here are a dozen of my favorite protein packed meals and/or snacks. All are pretty portable so even if there are no healthy food options around with one of these in tow you will will be good to go.
1. Hard Boiled Eggs - One large egg contains 6 grams of protein and only 70 calories and eggs are already are wrapped up and ready to go. I toss a packet of salt & pepper in my purse just for occasions like this.
2. Ricotta Pancakes - I always have a few extras after making Ricotta Pancakes for breakfast and they are delicious cold. I smear them with a little almond butter (sometimes SF jam) and wrap in foil.
3. Protein Shakes - Store a baggie of protein powder in your blender bottle shaker. Grab a bottle of water or some milk and shake, shake, shake. Some protein companies are catching on and making travel packets but if your favorite doesn't try this baggie trick.
4. Veggies and Dip - Baby carrot, celery sticks, bell pepper strips, cucumbers and a little container of Greek yogurt dip or nut butter.
5. Cheese - A few cubes of cheese or a cheesestick, a bunch of grapes or strawberries and some almonds. All you need is a park bench with a great view.
6. Cold Cuts - Cold cuts are the ultimate in protein packed portability. Here's a ton of ideas: 5 Things to Do With Cold Cuts including roll-ups and my cucumber "sandwiches"
7. Protein Bars - I have a few favorites and a few that are sturdier and more portable than others. Look for one without a lot of sugar, fat, and calories, lower in carbs and high in protein. I rarely eat a whole bar at a sitting, usually a hunk or half when I want something sweet. My no-crush tip for transporting them.
8. Cottage Cheese - a dollop in my little Pret a Paquet Snack Pack topped with fruit or one of those Cottage Singles (I like that the fruit is separate you can add as much or as little as you like)
9. Greek Yogurt - Mix in Sugar Free Torani Syrup, defrosted frozen fruit, fresh fruit, powdered peanut butter, sweetener of choice and a few SF chocolate chips (pictured.) On Sunday, make a few Yogurt Parfaits for the week.
10. Crunchy Snacks - I am a California girl so I love almonds. Other crunchy favs: Crunchamame, Crunchy Cheese, Kay's Cookie Bites and Homemade Roasted Chickpeas.
Shelly's Roasted Chickpeas
1 (15 oz.) can Chickpeas (aka Garbanzo, Ceci)
1 Tablespoon Basil Flavored Olive Oil
1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
Rinse and drain chickpeas. Toss with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Spread on a cookie sheet.
Bake at 400 for 45-50 minutes. Turning every 15 minutes, listen they will start to sound crunchy when you stir them. Watch them in the last 5 minutes. Crunchy and golden nut-like globes of wonderfulness. Warning: these little suckers are ADDICTIVE.
11. Protein Muffins - These take 15 minutes total from prep to enjoying. A few of my favorite flavors: Pistachio, Almond, Pumpkin, Chocolate!
12. Bean Salad - Bean salads are another example of something you can make on a Sunday to have for lunches during the week. They get better the next day and day after that. I rinse and drain cans (I love S&W brand), add a ton of veggies, sometimes tuna or leftover chicken and voila.
More Portable Protein Packed Meals: Eggface Bento Box Lunches
My Bento Lunch Pinterest Board