Okay, I know this is probably better as a summer themed post but really, protein is needed year round! Not to mention I made this just yesterday and it was soooo good that I couldn’t wait to share it! Especially since the hubby and I are trying to get onto a regular routine of eating right and hitting the gym. This protein pack was the perfect thing to stop hunger in its tracks midday.
Fresh produce is always going to beat junk food when it comes to feeling full longer. Creating this protein box was so simple and can be so versatile. The most time consuming part of making this was cutting everything up after buying groceries. In the long run this just saved me a whole lot of time for the rest of the week. I have tupperware and ziploc bags in the fridge with each food that I use cut up nicely and ready to go. Just have to grab a handful, throw it into a container and you’re ready to go!
When I prepare the protein box for my husband I pack everything neatly in tupperware. However, when I want the protein I don’t bother to pack it since I’m home during the day with the fur babies. Usually I will just grab a plate and throw a little of everything on it and eat it when I feel like it. Also my husband and I don’t like all the same things. For instance I prefer cucumber slices when he would rather have sliced strawberries.
The key to making a successful protein pack for you and your family is to have variety. There are different versions of a protein pack on the internet so it’s up to you to find the one that you like best. Not only is this one easily adaptable, going basic keeps it gluten-free and paleo friendly. Depending on how you make changes it could be dairy-free and nut-free as well. The options are limitless and it’s truly up to you!
For the protein pack you will need at least 1 storage container. An optional item that I use is silicone cupcake liners you can find on Amazon here. Here is how I create my husband’s protein pack:
Strawberries cut in half
3 slices of sharp cheddar cheese
Celery sticks cut into smaller pieces
Packet of Almond Butter
Using the silicone cupcake liners helps separate the strawberries and grapes from everything else. Nobody likes when the juice from strawberries get all over their cheese! If you don’t like strawberries (like me) then you can replace them with cucumber slices or blueberries. Adding a hard boiled egg is also an excellent source of protein — I just did not have the time to add them this time around.
Starbucks sells protein boxes for nearly $5 for one! Depending on what you use you’ll be saving money because you should have a week’s worth! For example, I spent roughly $17 between the produce, almond butter packets, and cheese. Assuming that I only make up 5 days worth that will end up being $3.40 per day. Not only is that cheaper but you’re going to have real ingredients and a bunch of prepackaged food loaded with preservatives.
Again… use this as a guide to create your own protein packs for you and your family. The purpose is to save money while eating healthy. They’re really helpful when you’re stuck at work or you don’t have time to run home between errands. Keep a stock of protein in your fridge at the ready and you will never have to get nasty fast food again!