Everyoneâ€™s life gets busy from time-to-time, and for some life feels like organized chaos 24/7. It doesnâ€™t matter who you are or what you do, at some point (or at every point) you’re going to have days that keep your plate full of everything besides food. On those days, it will be a miracle if you find time to exercise let alone fit in a healthy, high protein meal during the day. The painful truth is when life is “go, go, go” our food doesnâ€™t always come from the best sources (raise your hand if you’ve stopped by the drive through or visited a vending machine on a day like this. Yup, us too). So, when you’re rocking and rolling, and youâ€™re strong enough to resist fast food, here are three great ways to gas up on protein when you barely have time to gas up your car.
Option 1: Run to the Refrigerator
Head straight to the back of the store, gaze into that ever-present line of refrigerators, and grab some Greek yogurt. One of the most convenient options you can find at almost any quickie-mart or grocery store is Chobani Fruit on the Bottom. This high protein item will give you a whopping 2 to 3 times more protein than a regular 5.3 ounce cup of yogurt and twice as much protein as an egg! It doesnâ€™t matter if you find it while you power-walk down Aisle 3, or after you debate between Regular, Premium or Super at the pump. Check out the premium calories youâ€™re always getting from this healthy, high protein gem:
Option 2: Browse Some Bars
Got a sweet tooth on a day like this? Hereâ€™s a sweet, protein-packed solution: protein bars. Protein bars can be a 3 in 1 meal-on-the-run solution: youâ€™ll get tons of protein, theyâ€™ll satisfy your hunger with the right calories, and they’ll take care of that â€śsweets cravingâ€ť. Keep an eye out for bars that are made with high quality ingredients and a healthy dose of fiber. This will keep you feeling full, longer. Detourâ€™s Simple and Lean Muscle bars are always an excellent choice. They are a great source of protein (20+ grams per bar!), and even gluten-free. Plus, they come in a variety of sweet flavors that can keep you away from the candy aisle. Take a look for yourself. Here’s whatâ€™s in the scrumptious Salted Caramel Cookie Dough Simple Bar:
Option 3: End of the Aisle
Turn your attention to the ends of the quickie mart aisles or next to the nuts in larger stores, and checkout this potent protein source, beef jerky (or turkey jerky). A bag of beef jerky is perhaps one of the quickest ways to put anywhere from 10 to 15 grams of protein in your diet. The best part is, it doesnâ€™t raise your insulin levelsâ€”a hormone that signals your body to store fat. One brand youâ€™re likely to find, where ever jerky is sold. They are one of the more tender cuts out there, and they have flavor options to keep everyone happy. Check out how jam-packed Jack Link’s Jerky is with protein:
Just because your calendar looks like one bright, solid block of things to do, maintaining a healthy, high protein diet doesn’t have to be as complicated as it seems. Quickie-marts and convenience stores certainly arenâ€™t the go-to spot for a healthy meal, however, if youâ€™re in a bind these 3 options will keep you full, provide you with a substantial amount of protein, and wonâ€™t derail your diet from your health and fitness plan.