A friend of mine sent me a question last night so I thought I’d share it with you all in a special Monday Post. It’s taken right from our conversation. I did add some context and links so the reading wouldn’t be so choppy but most of it is a loose conversation form. Enjoy!
Hey I need some food advice from you. I eat out of a cooler everyday now and can’t heat up anything so I’ve been eating PB&Js and deli sandwiches. What could I eat that’s easy, filled with protein and energy packed while out there in the field?
ANSWER I SENT HIM:
Yea.. depending on how good the cooler is, chicken may be ok for lunch but that’s a big IF. I got erins off of Amazon for like $40 and it works really well with multiple compartments for meal prepping.
PB is great but technically it’s an incomplete protein. So if your not eating something like wheat or rice later on that day it’s not helping you. I’ve heard body builders say they don’t even count the protein in PB towards their numbers.
Every time legumes like beans, lentils, and peanuts are combined with grains like wheat, rice, and corn, a complete protein is born. Peanut butter on whole wheat is an easy snack that, while pretty high in calories, provides a heaping dose of all the essential amino acids and plenty of healthy fats to boot. — Nick English
High calorie options depending on macro ratio (high fat vs. high carb diet)
*Eggs — boil them and if you don’t like to eat them like that bring a small salad with vinegar and oil dressing (which won’t go bad as long as you eat it that day) and crush egg on top. I try to eat 3-4 eggs everyday usually with some almonds or walnuts. Containing all 9 Essential Amino Acid’s, I’m not sure how anyone doesn’t eat them. Unless you have allergies then absolutely, DO NOT EAT THEM!
Recommendations for Eggs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you should discard any perishable foods, including hard-boiled eggs, that have been left at room temperature for longer than two hours. — Jennifer Douglas
Personally I pack them in a cooler and try to eat them for lunch which means they should be ok. Leaving out directly in sunlight, on the counter top, or in a hot container probably isn’t the best idea and could mean some serious sickness.
Homemade trail mix, Bars, Quinoa Salad:
Almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, cashews, dates or raisins, oats, if needed — put in bag and good to go with a high calorie meal and no crash. Add some dark chocolate if you’re feeling the need for some caffeine. Just watch the amount of sugar!
Homemade pumpkin/other energy bars — super simple recipes just literally type in homemade granola or protein bars — very good and pack a mean punch.
Minimalist Baker Granola Bar Recipe — 5 Ingredients only
Quinoa & Chia Seed Bars — from Wendy Polyisi — these are next on my list to create
Quinoa and black bean salad — this one you just make quinoa and black beans like normal — add some of your favorite chopped veggies and place in fridge over night = really good especially with some cilantro on top.
Recipe: Elizabeth Rider
Forgot your lunch, being lazy, or run out of food? No problem. These on-the-go options will be sure to hold you over until you can get back for some whole food!
Quest bars are a great option — cookies and creme is my favorite by far. They are packed with fiber and pretty good about ingredients. A lot of gas stations are now carrying them which makes it nice instead of only having almonds or cashews as normal options there.
Group On has a deal right now 1 of each flavor (18) for $38 which is a really good price. If you know which flavor you like shop around and find a good deal. In store they can get pretty expensive.
One of my new favorites is the RXBAR because of the minimal ingredients and their no BS guarantee. Which at the SOL FIT Project no BS’ing is what we are all about. Typically the bars contain eggs, sea salt, dates, some sort of nut and possibly chocolate flavor (depending of course on the flavor).
Almond butter packets to go with carrots — sounds gross but actually one of my go-tos now. Justin’s Almond Butter Packets run about $1 from Kroger, Target, or Walmart and come in a variety of flavors. My favorite is the maple or hazlenut. WOOO!!!! Talk about flavor and convenience.
What’s your favorite healthy snack?
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