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Vacation Protein On-The-Go

CurvyMermaid

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During my trip I traveled lightly during the day – only a large purse or backpack – with no access to a refrigerator and no desire to carry an insulated lunch bag during my hiking, shopping, walking, beach visits.  For that reason I wanted to have portable protein that didn’t require refrigeration.  I am also a vegetarian (so no meat) and limited on carbs (so no belowground veggies – e.g. peanuts, chickpeas).  Here’s what I brought/bought:

 

1) Lightlife Meatless Smart Jerky – you got that right!  “Lightlife has been making delicious vegan meat alternatives for over 30 years, and they've created something special with their new Meatless Smart Jerky!  Dense, chewy, and full of delicious flavor, this vegan jerky is low in fat and calories, giving you a healthy way to get a "meaty" snack any time your cravings hit.”    Each 1 oz serving has 9g protein and 8g carbs.

2) Sunflower seeds  I found Superseedz’ Somewhat Spicy  version of sunflower seeds to be a tasty treat with 15% zinc and iron along with 9g protein and 5g carbs in each 0.25cup serving. They have some other lovely sounding flavors like: Tomato Italiano, Sea Salt, Cinnamon & Sugar, Maple Sugar & Sea Salt, Coco Joe.

3) Hardboiled eggs  I only eat the egg white, which as 4g protein.  Okay, that’s a lie. I will totally eat the egg yolk but it has to be deviled.  lol

4) Protein powderpacks  I bought a sampler pack off of Amazon for Syntrax and it included 26 individual packets of different flavors.  I brought only the fruity flavored ones with me (not the creamy ones) and while I was out, I would get an unsweet tea and mix in the packet (e.g. Roadside Lemonade, Peach, Fruit Punch).  23g of protein AND hydration!  I also unsuccessfully tried to add it to a bottle of water that had too narrow a neck.  I wished I had my shaker bottle but that would just be one more large item to schlep around.

5) Homemade tofu jerky  I make this in the oven after slicing extra firm tofu into thin slices and seasoning with whatever I have on hand/am craving (e.g., sriracha, jerk, garlic and smoked paprika).  3oz of tofu jerky has 9g protein.  Not to mention tofu has all 8 essential amino acids, iron, calcium and more!

6) Homemade protein gummy bears  I have various recipes for this but mainly it involves, high quality gelatin (I use Great Lakes), Unjury unflavored protein powder and sugar free jello mix. I have silicon molds and can make a batch of 150 in ~ 10 minutes plus the cooling time.  Each gummy bear has 1 g of protein and is a nice, easy way to get me to my protein goal.

7) Dried seaweed snacks  Okay, doesn’t really have protein (1g per 0.17oz package) but I love salty and savory treats and this one packs a punch as it delivers iodine, B6, potassium, iron.

8) Premier Protein bars  I use these sparingly as they have 30g carbs (yes, some are sugar alcohols) but also give me 30g protein.

9) TVP  (textured vegetable protein) – “is a highly nutritious soy product. It is incredibly wealthy in complete protein and contains no fat, so it is an excellent alternative to meat. TVP is made from defatted soy flour that has been cooked under pressure and then dried.  This is another snack trick to add to food while out (e.g., soups where it absorbs the fluid or salad where it acts as croutons).  Each 0.25cup has 12g protein.

 

Snacks that sucked:

There are some snacks I tried that absolutely sucked and those include dried edamame, dried soy nuts and dried chickpeas (which violate my low carb rule anyway).  While all are packed with protein punch, I found the texture off and they all were incredibly, incredibly dry.  No matter what seasoning I tried, they were bland and moisture sapping on my tongue.  I won’t be buying or making these again.

 

Restaurants

I found that it suited my purposes (only eating small amounts) and situation (traveling solo) better to enjoy happy hour food at the bar.  One place had deviled eggs on their HH menu (to die for!), another had a caprese tower (tomato season! squeeee!) and another had this riced cauliflower and tofu concoction.  Since I was still backpacking through the towns, I couldn’t have leftovers unless they would last without refrigeration.

 

So there you have it!  Surviving a quasi-backpacking holiday in a developed vacation destination 5 weeks post-op.  If anyone has any more ideas on protein snacks to-go, please leave them in the comments so I can check them out!


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Great post!

I really need to make the gummy bears. I have everything but the gelatin. I need to get on it!

You know me, I'm all about parmesan crisps and Blue Diamond Habanero BBQ almonds. I think the very best protein bars are Oh Yeah! One bars (favorites are Maple Glazed Doughnut, Lemon Cake, and Almond Bliss).

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Love this list - can't wait to pick up some SuperSeedz!  The GarlickyDill ones sound right up my alley.

What do you put in your deviled eggs?  My family grew up on Miracle Whip, which is probably not the best choice these days...I bought some avocado mayo and I'm not sure if it's going to be a keeper yet or not, first taste left a little to be desired.

I just tried TJ's rosemary marcona almonds - love them!

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I agree with @Gretta - great post! I love all your ideas and what worked for you as well as what didn't.

I'll have to give tofu jerky, protein jello and adding TVP to stuff a go - thanks for the ideas :) 

I like Oh Yeah! One bars (Almond Bliss and Cinnamon Bun are my faves). I also carry Parmesan crisps everywhere. I like the Syntrax packets while on vacation, too. Eggs are still hard on my stomach unless deviled ;) 

I really liked the theme of this post - so useful!

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2 hours ago, kayak19 said:

What do you put in your deviled eggs?

I just use mayo and a healthy dose of Dijon . I figure at this point in time, I kind of need the calories and fat - that may change! I suppose I could switch to yogurt? Or light mayo? 

I'll cross that bridge later. 

 

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For deviled eggs I use a dab of light avocado mayo, a dab of mustard (sometimes dijon, sometimes spicy, sometimes plain yellow) and a little bit of grated dill pickle.

I know you can make deviled eggs without mayo but I use only enough to get the yolks creamy and agree with Jen that a little fat from the avocado isn't too bad. 

I did have a travel packet of almonds with me but it was my 'In Case Of Emergency' snack. I was worried I was too soon post-op to tackle a larger seed than the sunflowers.

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2 hours ago, CurvyMermaid said:

For deviled eggs I use a dab of light avocado mayo, a dab of mustard (sometimes dijon, sometimes spicy, sometimes plain yellow) and a little bit of grated dill pickle.

I know you can make deviled eggs without mayo but I use only enough to get the yolks creamy and agree with Jen that a little fat from the avocado isn't too bad. 

I did have a travel packet of almonds with me but it was my 'In Case Of Emergency' snack. I was worried I was too soon post-op to tackle a larger seed than the sunflowers.

Thanks!  I agree that a little healthy fat is okay.  

I know everyone is different and we had different surgeries, but just thought I'd share that my surgery was about 10 days after yours and I started on some almonds a couple days ago...well-chewed.  Didn't have an issue.  I count them out carefully so I don't overdo it.

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This whole post is my jam as I've been searching for easy snack variations for work! My nutritionist has been on me to eat something every 3-4 hours, as I normally go 4-5 between eating. 

I second the Oh Yeah! bars, but many of them have nuts and the person who shares my office is allergic (which also means I cant just bring in almonds). I do have them at home on weekends on occasion though :) 

My go to lately has been hummus and snap peas or baby carrots, but I'm pre-op and I've heard uncooked veggies aren't so easy to eat for the first while post-op. Also cottage cheese with a spoonful of no-sugar-added crushed pineapple. 

I'm too lazy to devil an egg :huh:I just eat the yolk plain! 

Love the gummi bear idea. I've seen it around on pinterest and WLS sites, but didnt know if it was very practical - glad to see someone using them!

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On ‎8‎/‎7‎/‎2017 at 10:06 PM, kayak19 said:

can't wait to pick up some SuperSeedz!

Where can I find SuperSeedz?  I WANT!  :)

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5 minutes ago, TammyP said:

Where can I find SuperSeedz?  I WANT!  :)

Other than online (vitacost.com and Amazon etc.), check your local Walmart.

Also look out for Seapoint Farms Dry Roasted Edamame.  1/3 cup is 130 cals. and 13g protein. 

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10 hours ago, TammyP said:

Where can I find SuperSeedz?  I WANT!  :)

I found some today at the little local health food store near me, Somewhat Spicy and Italiano Tomato (so very good!).  But you can also order them directly here:  https://www.superseedz.com/collections/frontpage  I'm wanting to try the Curry and Garlicky Dill and my store only had a few of the flavors so I ordered some.  The website also has a store locator that you can use to find them near you.

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I bought them in the 'natural foods' section of the Stop and Shop(local grocery) but I would suggest online like @kayak19 suggests.  The Curry and Garlickly Dill sound good to me too! I'll have to place an online order.

@delilas the gummy bears are really easy to make and there are silicone molds available online for ALL sorts of creatures to turn into gummies. I have been thinking about turning my vitamins into powder and making my own vitagummies but am unsure of how to get dosage right and how to counteract the bitterness of a ground pill. Might be a project with more googling as I can't be the first to do this!

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