Post # 1
The downfall of my diet is the Nutrigrain bars and granola bars that I snack on at work. I know they have way too many carbs and sugar! (Although there are definitely worse things I could snack on!) I know that I need to cut down on the carbs and sugar in my diet, so if I could find something to substitute for these items, it would really help! I need more protein to go with my exercise, but I can’t find any snacks with protein that are as easy and convenient as a Nutrigrain bar! It’s not like I can just pull a chicken breast out of a desk drawer and munch on it!
I need something filling and healthy to substitute for these snacks. A complicating factor: I don’t have access to a refrigerator at work. I’m going to try sugarless gum to get a fix for my sweet tooth when necessary.
I’ve always been wary of protein bars, but maybe I’m wrong about that. I always thought they had way too much sugar and fat, besides being about 3 times the price of a Kroger-brand Nutrigrain bar. I’m not positive my workouts are intense enough to warrant me taking in those kinds of calories. If I’m wrong about these, please let me know!
I know this is going to be hard for me because carbs and sugar are what my body constantly craves, but these snacks are standing between me and bikini-worthy abs!
Post # 3
And you know, nutrigrain bars and granola bars for the most part pretty much do nothing for you. There’s no protein in them!
As far as protein bars, they tend to have a lot of fat–best if you’re going to burn a crapload of calories. 25 grams of fat per bar is not something the average gym goer needs. I used to eat half a one before spin class. HALF. They’re just not necessary, plus, 250 calories is a lot. Try Lara bars-they’re about 130 or so calories. THey take a little getting used to (they’re raw, vegan, etc–try the cherry or applie pie) but they’re low calorie, dense, and are one of the better snacks you can eat that’ll hold you over. Protein!
Same goes for a handful of almonds. I like the vanilla bean baked ones. They’re a little sweet but only a handful do it.
Also, this is gross, but i love fake krab, haha. i get the ‘chunk’ kind in the bag and munch on it at work. You have to really like krab to do this. I just love it though.
Post # 4
One good source of protein are nuts. I’m no expert on diet but the protein bars I eat sometimes don’t really have more calories than most granola bars.
Post # 5
Oh also….i’ve been known to keep a jar of honey peanut butter at my desk. I keep a tablespoon nearby and when i’m in a big time hurry, i eat a bite. Then i screw the lid on and put it away. Peanut butter’s really dense. But you don’t get the sensation of having a “snack” either.
Canned tuna on crackers.
Or…make your own protein bars? YUMMY! i’ve been wanting to try these for awhile.
Post # 6
Invet in a cooler bag that you can put ice packs in. This way you can pack fruits, tuna, protein shakes, etc. as snacks. Look around online for some clean eating meals and snacks. I really like the Eat Clean Diet by Tosca Reno!
Post # 7
I get the tuna that comes in the sealed up package (not the can) and eat it with salt and pepper at my desk. It has around 20 some grams of protein, barely any fat, and around 100 or so calories.
Luna bars are so freaking tasty! They have usually 7-9 grams of fat though. Normally they also have a good amount of protein and only around 12 grams of sugar. They are 70 percent organic too. My favorite flavors are caramel nut brownie, smores, and nuts over chocolaate. So good and chocolatey!! And pretty good for you too.
Post # 8
COTTAGE CHEESE! I have at least 1 cup every day. Just a half cup has 12g of protein and is very low in fat and calories.
Post # 9
Shopping for Lara bars next grocery trip! They sound like exactly what I’m looking for–low-cal, filling, protein-rich.
I have peanuts. Do you think the difference between them and almonds is appreciable, nutrition-wise? (They’re unsalted of course.) Should I be worried about the fat in nuts? I’ve heard it’s good fat, but it still makes me uneasy.
Post # 10
I would go for almonds. They don’t need to be put in the frig and they are yummy. Make sure to watch your portions on them though (I put them in a baggy to take to work) about a handful and a half.
Another helpful tip to keep you fuller longer is to put ground flaxseed in yogurt for breakfast. I wasn’t sure about it when I first started, but now I love it! I buy the individual packs for serving size purposes, and put them in strawberry yogurt.
Post # 11
I’m a big carbaholic…I try for the healthier carbs but still carbaholic. But the Quaker Weight control oatmeal (6g fiber, 7g protein, 1g sugar) is a pretty good and filling snack…I usually make it with milk but you could use water since you don’t have a refrigerator. Do you have access to a microwave though?
I know it’s still carbs, but oatmeal is very filling for me!
Post # 12
I love Cliff Builder Bars (CHOCOLATE!) and my nutritionist says they are the perfect balance of fats/carbs/protein for a mid-day meal/snack. They’re my favorite. Nutritionist also says a sweet fruit with them is fine–I usually opt for grapes or an apple. This is my favorite at-school/work meal.
Post # 13
I agree with speechie: invest in an insulated lunch sack and a few reusable ice packs. I love nonfat yogurt w/a sprinkle of granola and fruit. Also low fat string-cheese is only 50 calories and has very little fat/a decent amount of protein.
Celery with 1T of natural peanut butter is pretty filling and low fat. It also lasts long because it takes so long to chew celery :p
If you are looking for a few more “meal-like” snacks I like Muscle Milk Light and Cliff Bars. The calories are a little high but I think each only have about 5g of fat (Cliff Bars vary depending on the flavor) and lots of protein.
Post # 14
Nuts are actually higher in fats than protein, and are typically considered a fat if you’re dividing your meals into carb / protein / fat blocks. Cheese (cheese strings, babybels, etc.) are a great easy source of protein. As are dried meats like beef jerky and pepperettes (although I’m sure the packaged ones are really high in sodium). You could also have a protein shake, cottage cheese, greek yogurt, glass of milk, and canned tuna with crackers like others have suggested. Beware of many fruit yogurts as they tend to have TONS of sugar in them! Here in Canada there are several brands that are as high in protein as they are in carbs, whereas most of the yogurts I’ve checked out in the US have 3-4x as much carbs as protein.
To truly know whether or not you’re having a protein-rich snack instead of a carb-loaded snack with a bit of protein is to look at the nutritional value chart and if the protein grams >= carb grams then it’s a winner!
Post # 15
Cheese and deli turkey. I know you don’t have a fridge, but if you think about it, we use to eat cheese and meat on sandwiches at school and that sat un-cooled for half a day (if you brought a lunch, that is)! It’s the same thing, just without bread.
Post # 16
Greek Yogurt, with dash of honey and maybe some berries and/or nuts. So yummy!