Protein On The Go

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We live very hectic and busy lifestyles and find ourselves spending a lot of time away from home when it is time to eat.  Make sure that you have some protein foods that you can take with you on the go to ensure that you will be able to eat nutritiously.

 

Many high protein foods are perishable and must be refrigerated.  Please remember food safety when traveling with perishable foods.  Make sure that you always have a cooler or insulated bag with ice packs that you can take with you in your car or to have at work so you can keep your perishable protein foods at the correct temperature.

 

Protein ideas for on the go:

  • Mozzarella string cheese
  • Cheese cubes
  • Greek yogurt—don’t forget a spoon!
  • Natural, whipped peanut butter
  • Nuts
  • Prepackaged milk
  • Protein shakes or powders
  • Meat and cheese roll ups
  • Low sodium canned tuna or chicken
  • Hard boiled egg
  • Turkey jerky-once drier foods are tolerated
  • Cottage cheese
  • Hummus

 

A few words on protein bars…..

It is recommended to eat natural, whole foods as much as possible versus packaged processed foods.  Many protein bars are high in sugar, contain additives and don’t contain adequate protein.  A good rule of thumb is, if the amount of sugar is more than the amount of protein the bar is not a protein bar. Choose protein bars that contain a protein source as the first ingredient such as nuts, soy, whey protein isolate, etc.  Below is a list of protein bars that would be a better choice:

 

BrandSugarProteinComments
Pure Protein3 grams31 gramsDoes contain sugar alcohols that may cause gastrointestinal discomfort
KIND Bars4 grams7 gramsPick their nut based bars
Power Bar Nut Naturals7 grams10 grams
PowerBar Protein Plus13 grams20 grams
The Simply Bar3 grams16 gramswww.celebratevitamins.com

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