Protein Drink Suggestions

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 15, 2013 at 12:55 PM

I am moving to West Africa July 1st. Breakfast and dinner will be cooked for me and most likely will be rice and sauce, which is great. My issue is lunch... I will be buying it from a market for the first 3 months that I live there (there is not another nearby option for my lunch break). The most popular things to be found at the market are bean or egg sandwiches. I absolutely do not tolerate gluten.

My idea for an alternative lunch is to bring a big thing of protein powder with me to get me through those first 3 months of lunches. I could put a scoop into my water (or juice if I can find/afford it). I have been trying to come up with an idea for flavoring for the water. Obviously crystal light type packets are not ideal but I have been considering it since it will be better than gluten at least.

Does anybody know of any tasty protein shake recipes that I could make with my limited resources there? If anyone has a better/easily packable lunch idea for those 3 months then I am interested in hearing it. I do not think fasting will be ideal since I will be taking 10 hours of language/culture classes a day and really need to be thinking optimally. After those 3 months, I will be moving into a house of my own and will be able to cook for myself so food should not be an issue.

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on March 15, 2013
at 01:09 PM

For convenience, you could just try some of the most reputable brands of Whey Protein typically used by the bodybuilding community. See bodybuidling.com shop or similar. I have tried chocolate flavour from may brands like Optimum Nutrition, Dymatize, etc and they mix well and taste great. One scoope is more or less 30gr and makes for a perfect substitute.

But, if you not really hungry by that time and eat more or less consistent with the other two meals, you could just try to intermittent fast (not eating at all) or pass with some nuts (choose low omega 6) which are easy to carry and make a good snack with decent protein/carb/fat macro proportions, just adjust to your macros and try to not overeat.

In any case, eating quality real food is still only option to long term good health. Sauteed greens are pretty fast to cook, and salads can be made within some minutes, add some canned tuna or smoked salmon and you have a hell of a lunch there.

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