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Portable protein?

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Created July 06, 2011 at 10:50 AM

Other than hard-boiled eggs, does anyone have any suggestions for portable protein? I would prefer to eat more earlier in the day, but don't have time to cook breakfast or lunch. I usually eat a hard-boiled egg for breakfast, but what can I do for lunch? Also, something with some fat.

I was buying roasted chicken (readily available), but have realized that it must have gluten or something in the spices they put on it, because I have an immediate and rather severe unpleasant reaction. The other readily available thing are "Russians" -- like Polish hot dogs, though smaller, but I don't want to eat those everyday. God only knows what's in them (tho' they taste great!).

Thanks for the ideas.

61848fb3934eb0f08abacf0b920bf81b

(225)

on January 13, 2013
at 06:10 AM

I am making my first batch of homemade jerky as we speak. If this turns out half as good as I am hoping I will probably make this my go to protein for lunches and while traveling.

0e4e5882872d6a7c472ea51aec457e66

(1994)

on July 07, 2011
at 12:54 PM

If you are not intolerant to eggs and they are of good quality, you can eat as many eggs as you like and till they start popping out of your ears... I eat about 40 eggs from grassfed chickens a week.

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

(8878)

on July 07, 2011
at 11:41 AM

Just that most of the stuff I find palatable happens to have fat in it. Sardines packed in olive oil. I like the Applegate farms turkey balogna wrapped around cheddar cheese...big hunks of parmesan cheese...and of course a nice ribeye. My point is that I go for fatty foods that happen to have protein. And if I'm short on calories (or meal ideas) I go with coffee and heavy cream (kind of like your coconut milk).

27e79ef3308bb5f2d7bd04ee7eea7b79

(2038)

on July 07, 2011
at 09:48 AM

Yes - I have a couple of recipes I rotate. One week I'll make up to ten ground turkey patties, the next weekend it'll be a bunch of grassfed beef patties and then I don't have to cook any more for a few weeks. I just keep taking them out one by one depending on what I feel like eating that day. I really don't get tired of them because they're so good, and I vary the veggies or salad that go with them.

8c5533ffe71bd4262fedc7e898ead1ba

(1724)

on July 07, 2011
at 08:21 AM

I thought of that, though I am having trouble getting to work on time as it is -- it's winter on this side of the equator. But I just realized that I have a fear of eating too many eggs. I know a 3 egg omelet will last me hours, but during the week, I limit myself to one hard-boiled egg 'cause I think I shouldn't eat more than 6-8 in a week. Is that founded or totally bogus?

8c5533ffe71bd4262fedc7e898ead1ba

(1724)

on July 07, 2011
at 08:17 AM

Yeah, I'm seriously considering this. In fact, I'm in the big city (Windhoek) today and planning to go check out what I can find here.

8c5533ffe71bd4262fedc7e898ead1ba

(1724)

on July 07, 2011
at 08:16 AM

Thanks. Those are really great ideas. I think I could definitely do all the cooking on one day.

8c5533ffe71bd4262fedc7e898ead1ba

(1724)

on July 07, 2011
at 08:15 AM

Can you say more about that? I sometimes worry I'm not getting enough fat, but I usually make up for it with coconut milk .

8c5533ffe71bd4262fedc7e898ead1ba

(1724)

on July 07, 2011
at 08:14 AM

So you cook them ahead and put the cooked ones in the freezer? I think I like that idea -- I can do all the cooking on the weekend.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on July 06, 2011
at 04:49 PM

This is exactly what we do. Both my lunch and the kids lunches are boxed up at night from our dinner. It also helps us not waste food so much.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on July 06, 2011
at 02:34 PM

You know, something that I do, especially now with the amount of food that I eat and the hot weather, is I choose 1-day for all my prep. Get up early and sear steak, make those meatballs, roast or poach chicken breast, roast/steam potatoes, get all my greens washed and eggs hard boiled. I store it all in containers, greens wrapped in a kitchen towel, so everything is ready to go. Basically anything that takes an inordinate amount of time gets prepped and stored. It's been worth it. Happy eating!

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on July 06, 2011
at 12:07 PM

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on July 06, 2011
at 11:37 AM

You can always try Turkey or Salmon if the Beef is too much for your stomach. I don't know of any other meat that would work off hand except game like deer, elk etc.

8c5533ffe71bd4262fedc7e898ead1ba

(1724)

on July 06, 2011
at 11:27 AM

I've never really eaten much jerky (35 yrs vegan), but it is quite a delicacy here in Namibia. I tried some once, however, and just couldn't really stomach it -- far too rich (and this was pretty good quality, plain, not lots of chemicals). But maybe there is some other kind that I could like? Do you have any recommendations? (Not brands, but kind of meat or preparation or like that?)

8c5533ffe71bd4262fedc7e898ead1ba

(1724)

on July 06, 2011
at 11:24 AM

That's actually a very good idea since I don't care that much about variety and most things are fine to eat at room temperature.

8c5533ffe71bd4262fedc7e898ead1ba

(1724)

on July 06, 2011
at 11:19 AM

Yea, tuna that's a good idea. Where I am (Namibia) Salmon is way out of my price range. I've tried the deli meat, but oh man it has so much crap in it. I've been eating tuna and sardines at dinner (I'm actually getting used to sardines!) but of course, I could bring them for lunch.

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on July 06, 2011
at 11:06 AM

This is a question I would love to see answered... the only thing I have in mind is making your own protein bars: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-energy-bar-redux/

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Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on July 06, 2011
at 01:23 PM

Here's my list of portables :) I just kind of pick and choose what I want to have on me for the day, but always have the below handy in my fridge. Cheers!

  • Chunks of parmesan or cheddar
  • Almonds
  • Hard boiled egg
  • Banana-
  • I'll roll or fold slices of ham or roast beef
  • Cubes of steak or chicken breast. Have spork and chopsticks, will travel!
  • If it's not too hot I'll make little meatballs, seriously maybe an inch big, out of turkey or beef, bake them, then keep in a container for grabbing
  • Berries
  • Avocado that I've cut in half, left in the skin, scored horizontally and then vertically, so there are easy cubed bites to pick at

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on July 06, 2011
at 02:34 PM

You know, something that I do, especially now with the amount of food that I eat and the hot weather, is I choose 1-day for all my prep. Get up early and sear steak, make those meatballs, roast or poach chicken breast, roast/steam potatoes, get all my greens washed and eggs hard boiled. I store it all in containers, greens wrapped in a kitchen towel, so everything is ready to go. Basically anything that takes an inordinate amount of time gets prepped and stored. It's been worth it. Happy eating!

8c5533ffe71bd4262fedc7e898ead1ba

(1724)

on July 07, 2011
at 08:16 AM

Thanks. Those are really great ideas. I think I could definitely do all the cooking on one day.

1
531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

on July 06, 2011
at 01:04 PM

Sardines. Applegate farms deli meats. Cheeses.

For the most part, though, I don't aim to get protein. I go for fat and the protein follows.

8c5533ffe71bd4262fedc7e898ead1ba

(1724)

on July 07, 2011
at 08:15 AM

Can you say more about that? I sometimes worry I'm not getting enough fat, but I usually make up for it with coconut milk .

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

(8878)

on July 07, 2011
at 11:41 AM

Just that most of the stuff I find palatable happens to have fat in it. Sardines packed in olive oil. I like the Applegate farms turkey balogna wrapped around cheddar cheese...big hunks of parmesan cheese...and of course a nice ribeye. My point is that I go for fatty foods that happen to have protein. And if I'm short on calories (or meal ideas) I go with coffee and heavy cream (kind of like your coconut milk).

1
27e79ef3308bb5f2d7bd04ee7eea7b79

(2038)

on July 06, 2011
at 12:19 PM

I make a lot of grass-fed burgers (or turkey patties) all at once and stick individual ones in the freezer. I take them out one at a time and they usually thaw nicely by lunchtime. I'd do this even if I didn't have a refrigerator at work - the beef won't go bad in the short time between being removed from the fridge and lunchtime.

8c5533ffe71bd4262fedc7e898ead1ba

(1724)

on July 07, 2011
at 08:14 AM

So you cook them ahead and put the cooked ones in the freezer? I think I like that idea -- I can do all the cooking on the weekend.

27e79ef3308bb5f2d7bd04ee7eea7b79

(2038)

on July 07, 2011
at 09:48 AM

Yes - I have a couple of recipes I rotate. One week I'll make up to ten ground turkey patties, the next weekend it'll be a bunch of grassfed beef patties and then I don't have to cook any more for a few weeks. I just keep taking them out one by one depending on what I feel like eating that day. I really don't get tired of them because they're so good, and I vary the veggies or salad that go with them.

1
254ea62982c287995e11bc3cfd629407

(822)

on July 06, 2011
at 12:12 PM

I recommend (in part) jerky...and not anything you can buy - if not because of the high level of sodium in most commercial brands, but the cost.

As such, I chose to make my own jerky. Instead of spending a bunch of money for a "jerky gun" and a dehydrator, I used a sausage extruder for our Kitchen-Aide mixer and built a box fan dehydrator.

61848fb3934eb0f08abacf0b920bf81b

(225)

on January 13, 2013
at 06:10 AM

I am making my first batch of homemade jerky as we speak. If this turns out half as good as I am hoping I will probably make this my go to protein for lunches and while traveling.

1
0e4e5882872d6a7c472ea51aec457e66

(1994)

on July 06, 2011
at 11:27 AM

An other idea: get up earlier and have a hearty, big breakfast so you can go till dinner with some nuts, coconut and fruit as a snack f??r lunch.

0e4e5882872d6a7c472ea51aec457e66

(1994)

on July 07, 2011
at 12:54 PM

If you are not intolerant to eggs and they are of good quality, you can eat as many eggs as you like and till they start popping out of your ears... I eat about 40 eggs from grassfed chickens a week.

8c5533ffe71bd4262fedc7e898ead1ba

(1724)

on July 07, 2011
at 08:21 AM

I thought of that, though I am having trouble getting to work on time as it is -- it's winter on this side of the equator. But I just realized that I have a fear of eating too many eggs. I know a 3 egg omelet will last me hours, but during the week, I limit myself to one hard-boiled egg 'cause I think I shouldn't eat more than 6-8 in a week. Is that founded or totally bogus?

1
87a173eb52179c5de84218ed8ba4cd6f

on July 06, 2011
at 11:04 AM

Canned salmon or tuna is good. I get the wild caught Alaskan salmon canned - doesn't need to be refrigerated and tastes good although it smells fishy. I usually put it over a salad. Deli meat also an option although I try to avoid processed meats - when I don't have another choice, I'll get Applegate farms or other brand that is gluten/casein/nitrate/nitrite free.

8c5533ffe71bd4262fedc7e898ead1ba

(1724)

on July 06, 2011
at 11:19 AM

Yea, tuna that's a good idea. Where I am (Namibia) Salmon is way out of my price range. I've tried the deli meat, but oh man it has so much crap in it. I've been eating tuna and sardines at dinner (I'm actually getting used to sardines!) but of course, I could bring them for lunch.

1
2c8c421cf0e0c462654c7dc37f8b9711

(2729)

on July 06, 2011
at 11:01 AM

You could try preparing several day's meals at once (on the weekend or in the evening) and portioning them individually in Tupperware so you can just grab and go. You could even cook extra at dinner and put the leftovers in serving-size containers.

8c5533ffe71bd4262fedc7e898ead1ba

(1724)

on July 06, 2011
at 11:24 AM

That's actually a very good idea since I don't care that much about variety and most things are fine to eat at room temperature.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on July 06, 2011
at 04:49 PM

This is exactly what we do. Both my lunch and the kids lunches are boxed up at night from our dinner. It also helps us not waste food so much.

0
26b7615ef542394102785a67a2786867

on July 06, 2011
at 08:55 PM

Cook extra dinner and bring it to work in a tupperware. Even if you don't have a fridge, 5 hours in room temps won't spoil fresh-cooked beef, fish, etc

Canned sardines, or packaged tuna or salmon is even easier. If I'm feeling really lazy I'll just bring in some greens, dressing (mine is always home made with EVOO) and a pack of one of these things. Combine, shake well in a lidded container, awesome salad. You could add a hardboiled egg too.

I love jerky but it's out of my price range.

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68845b3181c9537bea5c038e69d8664e

on July 06, 2011
at 03:39 PM

ELK sausage/sticks!

Make it easy on yourself and 3 days a week don't eat till you come home. I usually break my intermittent fast around 4 on those days with a little elk sausage. Holds me over so I can come home and cook instead of eating while i'm cooking.

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345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

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on July 06, 2011
at 02:09 PM

TO spice up your hard boiled egg, try adding some homemade breakfast sausage (pork) to it, wrap it like a scotch egg. Fry it up in some good fat and enjoy them later if you like!

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79dc9d47aeb85d76439c2aa0661df568

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on July 06, 2011
at 01:02 PM

I make crustless breakfast quiches (two pie pans worth cut into quarters, so 8 servings) at a time and freeze them, then thaw them out in the microwave for breakfast. My standard lunch is salad with a sliced chicken breast or other meat. I also cook the meat in advance and freeze it. I also don't mind eating the same thing for breakfast and lunch every day; I change things up more for dinner when I have the time to vary the routine.

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44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

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on July 06, 2011
at 12:25 PM

I always keep frozen oxtail and beef cheek stews in freezer if i dont have time to cook breakfast. Nothing like starting a day with oxtails braised in redwine. Yum.

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58e20177ffdd502d8ce2b6440adeed3d

(138)

on July 06, 2011
at 12:21 PM

Whey protein: cheap, fast, easily converted to useful meal with a little water.

8c5533ffe71bd4262fedc7e898ead1ba

(1724)

on July 07, 2011
at 08:17 AM

Yeah, I'm seriously considering this. In fact, I'm in the big city (Windhoek) today and planning to go check out what I can find here.

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A75a5f0704b9066192de44c97c2b2e1f

on July 06, 2011
at 11:07 AM

I agree with cooking ahead of time. I currently have 4 moose meat dogs in the fridge cooked ready to go, and a container of free-range chicken.

For portable non-perishable i would go with a jerky. I like the Paleo Kits from Steve's Originals because they have a good flavor, nuts and seeds in them. Not to mention if you can't afford grass-fed they offer conventional for less cost.

Vitol Egg Protein Powder gets good reviews from a couple people i know.

Spirulina powder.

A75a5f0704b9066192de44c97c2b2e1f

on July 06, 2011
at 11:37 AM

You can always try Turkey or Salmon if the Beef is too much for your stomach. I don't know of any other meat that would work off hand except game like deer, elk etc.

8c5533ffe71bd4262fedc7e898ead1ba

(1724)

on July 06, 2011
at 11:27 AM

I've never really eaten much jerky (35 yrs vegan), but it is quite a delicacy here in Namibia. I tried some once, however, and just couldn't really stomach it -- far too rich (and this was pretty good quality, plain, not lots of chemicals). But maybe there is some other kind that I could like? Do you have any recommendations? (Not brands, but kind of meat or preparation or like that?)

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