Hello All and Happy Friday! I have been on a health kick lately, mostly trying to shed a few pounds that I have put on since graduating college, but also just trying to improve my lifestyle as a whole. Since I work a full time job, I have been exploring a bunch of different on-the-go protein options. I thought that since several of them have been a success for me, I would go ahead and share some protein pro-tips with you. There are six of my favorites.
1. The Complete Cookie
If you have a sweet tooth and are trying to make a lifestyle change, look no further than the complete cookie. These babies taste better than any protein bar that I have ever had. They are made by a company called Lenny& Larry’s and are sold in stores. I get mine at GNC. There are 16 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber per cookies. They’re also vegan and come in a bunch of different flavors including chocolate chip, peanut butter, and white chocolate macadamia. They are great for re-fueling after a working out, or eating as a snack (I usually split the cookie in half for a snack size). You can check them out at Lenny&Larry’s website by clicking Here!
2. Muscle Brownies
Anyone who knows me, knows that my favorite dessert is the classic fudge brownie. I love brownies so much that I used to request that my mom make me brownies for my birthday, rather than a birthday cake. This being said, you can imagine my excitement when I realized that the makers of the Complete Cookie also made brownies. I give you, the muscle brownie (*hallelujah chorus of angels in background*). This is my go-to snack, and post workout pick-me up. They are packed with protein and for something made predominately of fake chocolate, they taste super yummy. You can order them or check them out by clicking Here.
3. Peanut Butter Protein Balls
I learned how to make these little lifesavers a few months ago, and my life was forever changed. I am not really a Susie Homemaker type, so the less time I spend in the kitchen, the better. When I found out that you could make protein balls for the entire week, using only three ingredients, I was beyond ecstatic. To make these, you only need rolled oats, peanut butter, and vanilla protein powder. Just mix about half a cup of the rolled oats, two scoops of the protein powder, and about half a cup of peanut butter together in a bowl. I usually eye the ingredients more than I measure them. I also add in a handful of chocolate chips, because I like to add a little fun to my protein. After you mix the ingredients together, just roll the concoction into little balls, put them into the fridge, and then grab them for snacks throughout the week!
4. Espresso and Premier Protein
This one is what I like to call “Breakfast and Coffee on the Go”. Its great for anyone like me that is heavily addicted to caffeine and hates waking up early enough to make a complete breakfast. You can buy premier protein shakes just about anywhere, but I have found that the Caramel tastes the best with the espresso, and I have only been able to find the caramel at Wal Mart. When you go into Starbucks (or your coffee place of choice, I am just a very loyal Starbucks gold card member), order two shots of espresso over ice in a Venti Cup. Its very important that its in a venti (large) cup, that way you have room for the entire shake. Then, just pour the protein shake over the iced espresso and you have a caffeinated protein drink! Breakfast and Coffee on the Go!
5. Advocare Meal Replacement Shakes
If you’ve never heard of Advocare, you’re missing out. My mom has been selling these products for about six years now and several of them have really improved my life. Google the 24 day challenge, you’ll see what I mean. Anyway, one of my favorite products is the meal replacement shake. Unlike regular protein powder, this powder is designed to replace an entire meal, not just the protein supplements of a meal. The best part is that they really do work to fill you up. I usually drink them for breakfast or lunch, but I’ve also been known to drink them for dinner when I am feeling too lazy to cook. The flavor of these aren’t….. the best, so if you are looking to make them a little sweeter, use half the packet with six ounces of almond milk and a couple scoops of PB Fit peanut butter in the blender with ice. It tastes like a Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie! (Pro Tip: The smoothie works best with the chocolate or vanilla flavored shakes)
6. Nuts 4 Nuts
When I used to work in restaurant management, it was a rarity that I would get a break for hours at a time. Enter- Almonds. I love almonds on a spiritual level. They are a great source of protein, and their small size makes them easy to keep with you just about anywhere. Back to my job in the world of restaurant management. During my shifts, I would always wear pants with pockets to keep my nuts close. I called it Pocket Protein. When my blood sugar got low, I would just reach into my pocket and pop some nuts into my mouth. Problem solved! My favorite kinds of almonds are the blue diamond habenero barbecue, and the cocoa dusted almonds. Something for my salty tooth, and something for my sweet tooth.
Do you have any protein pro-tips? I’d love to hear them. I am always looking for quick snacks and meals!
Until next time,