By: Jacqueline Gomes, RDN, MBA
June 6th, 2019
Do you ever feel like you’re constantly on the go and something is lacking in your diet? It could be protein! 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, cheese and protein drinks.
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 protein drink like Organic Valley® Balance Shakes – packed with 16 grams of protein and 40% of your daily calcium into each bottle with no artificial sweeteners. It’s perfect for breakfast or a light meal on-the-go.
Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats
Oatmeal isn’t just for breakfast! Pack these overnight oats into an insulted container, or lunch box with ice pack, for a hearty lunch.
Prep: 5 minutes
Makes: 2 Servings
- 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- ½ cup pumpkin puree
- 1 tbsp flax meal or chia seeds (or ½ tbsp. of each)
- Pinch of salt
- ¾ cup Organic Valley® Balance Shakes in Vanilla
- 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
- 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 2 Tbsp each Toasted almonds and dried cranberries for topping
- In a bowl, whisk together rolled oats, Organic Valley® Balance Shake, pumpkin puree, pure maple syrup, flax meal or chia seeds, pumpkin pie spice and pinch of salt.
- Divide into two jars.
- Seal jars and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
- Add toppings just before eating.
Recipe modified from: Organic Valley