Protein snacks to eat in the office - ideas needed
I need suggestions about protein snacks for a young woman to take to the office and eat (usually at her desk). She's expecting. She works the super-long hours that young professionals work in this world. And she does not want anyone to guess that she is expecting (not yet.) (I guessed when she passed up sushi)
Her OB wants her to eat every two hours. Protein. Nothing smelly. Nothing that has to be heated up or eaten with a spoon.
So far I have come up with:
Cheese cubes. Cold falafel balls. Pre-browned Morningstar Farms sausages eaten cold. Pre-cut chunks of cold chicken.
dunno if this is too messy, but,
cubes of super-firm organic high protein tofu (comes from trader joe's)
with a thai peanut dipping sauce.
--Dried Edamame and soynuts--usually near the freeze-dried products in the Health food/organic aisle
chickpeas, peanuts/mixed nuts, nut butter on crackers, turkey breast, a smoothie with yogurt and almonds, milk, string cheese, and healthy snack bars (KIND bars, etc).
get her a llittle glass storage box I think they are made by pyrex...in it section it off with those sillicone cupcake liners...it makes a little homemade bento box of sorts..
in one section it will hold 1/4 cup of almonds
one section sliced hardboild egg
one section spinch ball ( ill post the recipe if you want)
one section ham cubes
then fold a small cooler packet into a cloth napkin and place it onto top and place the lid on
now this not really very "foodie" but it packs well in lunches and tastes good cold or hot..
1 pound package frozen chopped spinach, thawed
1 large onion, minced
10 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup shredded Parmesan
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1 3/4 cups Italian-style bread crumbs
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Squeeze the excess water from the spinach and put it in a mixing bowl. Put in the remaining ingredients and mix well Form the mixture into balls, about walnit size. Place the balls closely together on a baking sheet.
Cook in the top half of the oven until firm to the touch, about 20 to 25 minutes.
I sometimes add chopped toasted pinenuts or sunflower seeds