Traveling is something I do pretty regularly and since I started my weight loss journey I have had to plan ahead for nutritious meals more than I had ever considered them before. Most of the trips I take are for business and they feed you a lot, but occasionally, especially at breakfast, it is hard to find enough protein in the foods offered. My solution is to pack nutritious food to take with me in case I need it. I do not want to eat just protein bars all the time though so I came up with this protein bar recipe, high protein peanut butter oatmeal for travelers like me.
I have this nifty little bowl that has the bowl on the bottom, an insulated container on top for liquids with a pour spout, and even a spoon tucked underneath. This is perfect to pack in my carry-on bag when I travel. I take my own bowl because hotel rooms do not usually have them, but in a pinch a coffee mug in the room will do also. The other supplies you need are a protein bar, I’m using Life Choice Protein Bars in Peanut Butter Extreme Flavor, plain instant oatmeal, and hot water.
Most hotels have in room coffee pots now, use that to make your hot water. If you want to take this with you to your event, just add the heated water to the container on top if you have a bowl like this and pack it up to go. Put your dry oatmeal into the bowl, add the hot water. I use less water than what is called for because I like thick oatmeal.
For one envelope of oatmeal I use just half of the protein bar, but you can add the whole thing if you like. Just chop of the protein bar into small pieces.
If you used hot water from a coffee pot just stir it all together well. If you are using a microwave, put it in for about 45-60 seconds. Stir well. The protein bar will melt somewhat and flavor the oatmeal!
That’s all there is to it! Now you have a high protein breakfast (or snack) whenever you need it while you are traveling. People tend to eat poorly when they travel, being prepared like this will help you keep eating better and that in turn makes you feel better while you are traveling. Do not forget to drink extra water too when on the road!
Even if you are not planning on doing the oatmeal thing, you can still pack a few Life Choice Protein Bars in your bag all the time. This is my own red purse that I have everything in including my tablet, chargers, makeup, wallet, and protein bars! There may be a kitchen sink at the bottom of this bag even <grin>.
The Life Choice brand of protein bars are available exclusively at Walmart stores. You can find them in the cereal aisle with other bars. They are much more reasonably priced than some of the other brands out there also.
Do you think you will try this protein bar recipe for oatmeal? How do you try to eat nutritious meals when you travel?[signoff]
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