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Can I be honest? By March, I’ve usually quit or at least stalled on my goals for the year. I can admit, I’ve hit a bit of a bump with my half marathon training (it’s hard to fit in 4 days a week!), but I have kept up with my healthy eating habits.
I consistently bring my lunch to work (a few favorites: chili, quinoa salad), I’ve added more produce to my daily meals, and I’ve even given up diet soda and Splenda in my coffee (that’s been hard!). I’ve also tried some different eating plans this year.
Despite my best efforts, there are still times when I forget to pack my lunch or don’t pack enough snacks to get through the day. I also travel a lot for work. Although I try to pack and plan, I often have to stop to get snacks to tide me over. A lot of the food choices at convenience stores and airports are very carb-heavy and it is so hard to find a high protein snack I really need.
For a break at work or while traveling, I often stop at Starbucks to get my caffeine fix so I can make it through the day. Although Starbucks has a lot of great snack options, it can still be hard to find a high protein snack. That’s why I’m so excited they now carry the Creminelli Fine Meats™ Felino and Manchego Snack Tray. It is such a convenient high protein snack to give me the energy I need.
For the last couple months, I was eating a much lower protein diet. Through trial and error, I’ve realized my body functions much better with more protein. The Creminelli snack tray is perfect. It includes Felino salami and Manchego cheese. The salami is nitrate-free and the milk to make the cheese is free of rBST. Also, they come conveniently packaged in a recyclable tray. The next time you stop at Starbucks, make sure to check out the Creminelli snack trays. You can order Creminelli, along with your drink, using your Starbucks app. When I can’t find a Starbucks, there are a few other snack options I try to find.
Nuts are a great choice because they are high in protein and good fats to keep you full. Just make sure to watch your serving size. I’m always tempted to get those bags of trail mix, but they are so large, it would be way too many calories. Try to find the littler nut packs. Many convenience stores and airports also have protein bars on hand. I usually carry one or two with me, but if I don’t have any, I look for protein bars that have at least 10 grams of protein and as little sugar and carbs as possible. Many stores also carry fresh fruit and yogurt. Look for greek yogurt (higher in protein than regular yogurt) and try to avoid the high-sugar kinds. If there are no other good snack options, sometimes I’ll get a low-fat latte. At least I get some protein in the milk.
These are just a few of the high protein snack ideas to help you the next time you’re traveling or running around town. What’s your favorite snack option at work or while you travel?