Do you every feel like you’re constantly on-the-go and your diet is somewhat lacking? Protein could be what you’re missing! Most high-protein foods are typically not “take-away-friendly,” but there are ways around this dilemma. Think of high-fiber, high-protein carbohydrates, like nuts and seeds or dairy foods like yogurt and cheese.
Protein is essential for the following functions:
- Muscle and tissue repair
- Bacterial-fighting Antibodies
- Electrolyte balance
- Nutrient Metabolism, Transport and Storage
- Regulation of Hormones
If you find yourself running low on protein fuel, here is a list of portable foods and that will give you that much needed boost on the go!
- Almonds, peanuts, soy nuts
- Bran muffin or high protein cereal
- Greek yogurt
- String Cheese
- Peanut butter bars
- Hard-boiled egg
- Ready to drink smoothie
Sports Bars with Dried Fruit and Peanut Butter
Makes: 18 Bars
- Nonstick vegetables oil spray
- 3 cups puffed whole grain cereal
- 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
- 1/4 cup chopped pitted dates
- 1/4 cup chopped dried tart cherries
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup light corn syrup
- Preheat oven to 350F. Spray 9-inch square metal baking pan with nonstick spray. Mix cereal, walnuts, dates, cherries, and raisins in medium bowl. Combine peanut butter, honey and corn syrup in a heavy small saucepan.
- Bring to a boil, whisking constantly until mixture bubbles vigorously and thickens slightly, about 1 minutes.
- Pour peanut butter mixture over cereal mixture in bowl; stir to blend. Transfer mixture to prepared pan; press to compact.
- Bake until just golden around edges, about 10 minutes. Cool completely. Cut into 2 1/2 x 1/2-inch bars.
Tip: Can be prepared 3 days ahead. Store in single layer between sheets of foil in airtight container at room temperature.