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!).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.