Morning oatmeal with fruit and nuts

Eating healthy delicious food can be a real challenge when you have to pack a lunch to go.

Today I’ve got delicious & nutritious food ideas that are packed with protein. These work great for work lunches, snacks while traveling or even a picnic out in the middle of no where!

There’s lots more great ideas in WBN Recipes For Health & Healing available on this site as well!

Pepperoni Sticks: Naturals brand has delicious pepperoni sticks that are not full of m.s.g. or extra junk.

Salad in a jar: This takes a little prep, but so worth it. There are tons of variations to salads in a jar, check out Pinterest for some great ideas!

Mason Jar Chicken Salad:
Layer in a mason jar in this order:

Dressing (recipe below)
1 cooked, seasoned & chopped chicken breast
¼ cup chopped almonds
¼ cup fresh blueberries
¼ cup grapes, halved
3 cups dark leafy greens

Dressing:

1 Tbsp. almond butter
1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp. fresh squeezed orange juice
1 Tbsp. water
1 tsp. stone ground mustard
1 tsp. honey
dash of sea salt & pepper
Puree all dressing ingredients in food processor/blender until smooth.

Quest Bars: Protein bars are a great grab and go form of protein. Choose a bar (like Quest) that is made with non GMO ingredients and not full of sugar.

Canned tuna, chicken, salmon or sardines: So easy! Grab a can of protein to pack, just be sure it has an easy open lid or pack a can opener.

Protein Smoothies: These are so versatile, you can change up the ingredients to make all different versions of a delicious protein packed drink. When making smoothies be sure to use protein powder that is NON GMO, soy free & processed sugar free. I like Sun Warrior brand.

Peppermint Chocolate Smoothie:
1 large banana, frozen
2-3 large ice cubes
1 cup almond or coconut milk
1 scoop clean protein powder
2 tablespoons dark cocoa powder
1/4 tsp organic peppermint extract (essential oils or Simply organic)
Place all ingredients in a blender & blend until smooth.

Nuts & Coconut: These you can toss in a ziplock back and have a protein/healthy fat snack that is packed full of flavor and health benefits!

Hardboiled eggs: I think these are the longest known form of quick grab and go protein even!!

Oatmeal Jars: You can make several of these at the beginning of the week and have a delicious protein packed meal any time of the day! Again, there are tons of variations to oatmeal jars, change it up however you want. The plain Greek yogurt & chia seeds in these pack them with protein.

Pina Colada Oatmeal Jar:
1/4 cup uncooked old fashioned rolled oats (preferably wheat free)
1/3 cup almond or coconut milk (adjust to desired consistency)
1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 Tbsp. chia seeds
1⁄2 small banana, mashed
2 Tbsp. crushed pineapple
2 Tbsp. shredded coconut (unsweetened)
1⁄2 tsp. maple syrup
In a half pint (1 cup) jar, add all ingredients. Put lid on jar and shake until well combined. Refrigerate overnight or up to 5 days. Eat chilled right out of the jar!

Beef Jerky: This is a filling snack to chew on, just be sure to choose homemade or a brand that is not full of MSG or other harmful ingredients.

Almond Butter: Add a scoop of this to a container and toss in some veggies such as celery or red peppers or apples or a banana. Dip the veggies/fruit in the almond butter to add some protein & healthy fats to your snack.

I hope these ideas help you stay healthy while on the go.

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