You’re a busy person and sticking with your weight loss plan while you’re on the go can be a challenge. Here are a few fast and fantastic ideas you can fit into your weight loss plan that will help you make nutritious eating choices when your time is pinched and you’re on the move.
Chicken wrap with whole wheat tortilla
Use a whole wheat tortilla and put a little low-fat mayo on it. Add grilled chicken breast, lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers for a healthy meal that will provide your body with both wholesome carbohydrates and protein.
The better trail mix
Trail mix is one of the ultimate “anywhere” snacks. But don’t splurge on the store-bought varieties (which are often laden with hydrogenated oils and sugars); it’s easy to make your own. Mix pecans, almonds and dried fruit together with sunflower seeds and whole-wheat pretzels. Store the trail mix in a sealable container for easy access when you need some energy on the go.
Protein peanut butter balls
These are easy to make, quick to prepare and provide you with the protein and nutrition your body needs to stay healthy. Mix 1/2 cup of peanut butter, 2 scoops of protein powder, 1/4 cup of dried cranberries and 1 cup of dry oats together in a bowl. When the mixture is sticky (add a little water to moisten it if you need to), form it into balls. Coat each ball with oats mixed with some peanut butter and store in a sealable container.
Banana and peanut butter roll-ups
Do you love the banana and peanut butter combo? These roll-ups are great when you’re pinched for time. Just spread 2 tablespoons of peanut butter (try to buy the natural kind) on a whole wheat tortilla or pita. Top it with sliced banana and store in a sealable container.
This protein-packed meal is easy to take with you. Just mix 1 cup of cottage cheese, 1 cup of oatmeal, 2 scoops of protein powder and 1 cup of egg whites together. Mix well and pour into little cakes onto a non-stick-sprayed pre-heated pan. Cook the pancakes until they’re golden brown (about 2-3 minutes), flip and then cook about 2 minutes on the other side. This recipe should make you between 5-7 pancakes.
Tuna with style
Tuna is the stable grab-and-go protein source and this little trick will help you to spice it up a little. Drain a can of tuna and combine it with 1/2 cup kernel corn, chopped mushrooms, carrots, peppers and 1/4 cup of salsa. You can add garlic, onion powder or chili pepper if you like. Keep it chilled if you don’t plan on eating it within a few hours.
Low-fat cheese with an apple
Pair an apple with low-fat cheese or cottage cheese for a great healthy-carb/protein combo.
Crackers or cucumbers and canned salmon
Another high-protein source, salmon is high in essential fatty acid. Mix it with some low-fat mayonnaise and eat it on sliced cucumbers or whole wheat crackers.
Canned fruit and cottage cheese
When you don’t have a refrigerator handy, it’s easy to pack a can of fruit (light syrup variety) and a small container of low-fat cottage cheese. When you’re ready to eat, just dump the can of fruit in the cottage cheese and enjoy.
So there you have it! Fast, easy and on-the-go snack ideas that will help keep you making healthy choices no matter where you are. For more post-bariatric surgery tips and recipes, follow us on Twitter or join our supportive community on Facebook.