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!).
Thanks for the ideas.
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 recommend (in part) jerky...and not anything you can buy - if not because of the high level of sodium in most commercial brands, but the cost.
As such, I chose to make my own jerky. Instead of spending a bunch of money for a "jerky gun" and a dehydrator, I used a sausage extruder for our Kitchen-Aide mixer and built a box fan dehydrator.
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.
Here's my list of portables :) I just kind of pick and choose what I want to have on me for the day, but always have the below handy in my fridge. Cheers!
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.