Protein Packs are super trendy right now, and for good reason. A pick-and-mix approach to building them means everyone can have a fun and healthy meal on the go.

 

How to build a powerful protein pack:

  1. start off with a protein or two *obviously* (cheese slices, low sodium deli meats, boiled egg, hummus, yogurt, nut butter)
  2. throw in some veggies (cucumber slices, baby carrots, celery sticks, grape tomatoes, edamame)
  3. jazz it up with  fruit (grapes, apple wedges, banana, orange sections or whatever is fresh in season)
  4. anchor it all with grains (crackers, pitas, whole grain bread, rice cakes)
  5. have some fun by adding a treat (dark chocolate, ranch for dipping, popcorn, thoughtful note)

Some other tips:

  • invest in some  bento box style containers or divided glass containers
  • even better yet, check out these containers made of rice husks that are reusable and contain no plastic (idea submitted by SC follower Melissa)
  • use muffin cups to separate items, we especially love the reusable silicone ones
  • set up a DIY protein pack bar and let everyone build their own combination, this is also a great way to use up leftovers
  • did you know that hummus and yogurt freeze well? Individual cups can be frozen and tossed in a lunch, doubles as an ice pack and is perfectly thawed come lunch time
  • adult-it-up and create a charcuterie inspired protein pack featuring your fav imported cheeses, roasted red peppers, cherry tomatoes, olives, nuts, figs, grapes and whole grain crackers. Drizzle the cheese and veggies with a balsamic glaze for an even more indulgent touch (food should be fun!)
  • protein packs are also readily available at stores if you are in a pinch, sure beats a calorie heavy hamburger & fries or a lame drive-thru salad

Happy eating!