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Protein snacks to eat in the office - ideas needed

AdinaA Aug 1, 2013 01:59 PM

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.


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  1. westsidegal RE: AdinaA Aug 1, 2013 02:03 PM

    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.

    1. queenscook RE: AdinaA Aug 1, 2013 02:04 PM

      nuts, bean salad

      1. GraceW RE: AdinaA Aug 1, 2013 02:11 PM

        --Dried Edamame and soynuts--usually near the freeze-dried products in the Health food/organic aisle

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          DevorahL RE: AdinaA Aug 1, 2013 02:31 PM

          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).

          1. girloftheworld RE: AdinaA Aug 1, 2013 03:21 PM

            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
            for examples
            then fold a small cooler packet into a cloth napkin and place it onto top and place the lid on

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              GraceW RE: girloftheworld Aug 1, 2013 06:48 PM

              Hello, I am not the OP, but I would be curious about the recipe for those spinach balls! I love spinach.

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                girloftheworld RE: GraceW Aug 1, 2013 07:07 PM

                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
                5 eggs
                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

            2. Ttrockwood RE: AdinaA Aug 1, 2013 03:38 PM

              The dry roasted edamame are great. A brand called "the good bean" makes baked chickpeas with seasonings. Larabar ALT and The Simply Bar are bars with a good source of vegan protein and real food ingredients. Soy crisps are also great (uses soy flour so no isolated soy protein concern)

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                DeisCane RE: Ttrockwood Aug 1, 2013 03:47 PM

                Another vote for the dried edamame.

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                LittleWave RE: AdinaA Aug 1, 2013 03:54 PM

                My mom makes long meatballs in the shape of kebobs and fries them. They are a great snack or meal. Freeze well pre or post frying. Can use them in sandwiches too.
                Also, schnitzel, little homemade chicken nuggets or schnitzel strips - yum!

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                  ettilou RE: AdinaA Aug 1, 2013 04:32 PM

                  Aside from the food already mentioned, how about protein shakes. I live Carnation Instant Breakfast. Also, how about make quinoa with a bunch of sauteed veggies.

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                    CloggieGirl RE: AdinaA Aug 1, 2013 05:37 PM

                    Roasted spiced chickpeas are my most favorite things ever right now. Toss the chickpeas with spices (I use curry powder) and canola oil and then roast around 375 for 20 mins or until crispy on the outside.

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                      cheesecake17 RE: CloggieGirl Aug 1, 2013 06:51 PM

                      Roasted chickpeas
                      String cheese

                      I had the same issue, and it helped to eat something with carbs/protein every so often.

                    2. bagelman01 RE: AdinaA Aug 1, 2013 05:55 PM

                      Sounds like a perfect candidate for the new kosher version of Polly-O string cheese. Indidvidually wrapped, doesn't need refrigeration for the work period, not smelly, no utensils needed.

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                        CloggieGirl RE: AdinaA Aug 4, 2013 08:18 AM

                        These don't look pretty, but they're delicious: http://www.fakemeats.com/PrimalSpirit...

                        I think this isn't the cheapest place to get them, but it was the first that comes up on Google.

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                          daphnar RE: CloggieGirl Aug 5, 2013 10:37 AM

                          Are they kosher?

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                            cheesecake17 RE: daphnar Aug 5, 2013 10:43 AM

                            Just looked up this website, and they have a "kosher" section. Some of the products looked interesting

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                              queenscook RE: daphnar Aug 5, 2013 12:11 PM

                              The pictures on the linked page can be enlarged , and then you can see the Triangle-K on the package. You have to decide for yourself re: that controversial hechsher.

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                              Ttrockwood RE: CloggieGirl Aug 10, 2013 03:10 PM

                              I LOVE primal strips!!!
                              Amazon has the best price but whole foods sells individual pcs for $2 or so. The box from amazon is best deal- the bbq, thai peanut and teriyaki are awesome. The lime not so much. I have one in every handbag i own and a stash in my desk at all times- 10g non gmo protein, 100cal

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                              AdinaA RE: AdinaA Aug 5, 2013 08:53 AM

                              Thank you all.

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                                PotatoPuff RE: AdinaA Aug 6, 2013 06:11 PM

                                Hard boiled eggs or mini frittatas perhaps?

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                                  mrsphud RE: AdinaA Aug 10, 2013 01:24 PM

                                  Peanut butter or almond butter in celery sticks. Tzazki sauce with cucumbers. Sliced hard salami. Smoked salmon/cream cheese pinwheels. Nuts.

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                                    GilaB RE: mrsphud Aug 10, 2013 02:46 PM

                                    Cold cuts and lox are both widely considered off-limits for pregnant women in the US ( I find that such recommendations vary widely by country) due to worries about Listeria, unless they're cooked again.

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                                      cheesecake17 RE: GilaB Aug 10, 2013 06:48 PM

                                      Yeah, I remember being told that if I wanted cold cuts, I should microwave them till steaming. (Ew.)

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