Protein is one of the most important parts of your diet because it is what gives your body the energy to move and keep moving. Without that energy burst from protein it would be difficult to get your day going in the first place, and after lunch, you’d be sluggish the rest of the day.
For most people, the first thought that comes to mind when it comes to protein rich foods is meat. While meat can be an excellent source of protein, it isn’t your only option. Other protein packed foods include:
- Animal By-Products (like eggs and dairy)
- Fish and Seafood (even octopus)
- Beans and Lentils (which are generally the protein go-to for vegetarians and vegans)
- Nuts (yes, even nut butters)
- Vegetables (green peas are a great choice)
- Ancient Grains (like quinoa)
Anyway, if you want to make sure you’re getting enough protein to get through your day, even when your day is spent on the road, here are some things you can do.
Stock Up On Protein Bars
Protein bars and snacks are easy on the go options. These bars are usually packed with nuts and grains, and sometimes dried fruits, that are meant to give you an energy boost. Some people snack on them after a workout, but they can also make a great meal replacement when you’re in a hurry.
Another easy travel snack to consider, which goes great with protein bars, is jerky. Jerky is straight up dried meat, so it’s a powerful punch when it comes to your protein needs.
Make Yourself Some Trail Mix
Trail mix is a snack you can take anywhere. It travels well and last without needing refrigeration. You can pack it in snack-sized pouches to carry on hikes, stash in your office drawer, or keep in your glovebox. Packed with nuts, seeds, dried fruit and more, it’s an energy boost for sure.
Add Meat To Your Salad
While your greens, especially if you’re having power greens like kale and spinach, will already give you a nice energy boost, you may also want to add some meat to your salad. The best choice is chicken (grilled, not breaded). For an extra kick, green peas are also great on a salad. Add some avocado for some brain lubricating healthy fats too.
Make It A Meat Based Breakfast
OK, if you’re not a meat-eater then this isn’t going to be a good plan for you, but if you are you may want to base most of your breakfast on protein. It’s the most important meal of the day, it’s sure to be burned off throughout the day, and it’s going to be the one that gives you the energy to get through most of that day. Eggs, dairy, breakfast meats, and all those goodies are a sure way to get energized for the day.