FOR PROTEIN SPIKING OR A NUTRITIOUS SNACK When on the road, making your way through airports and staying in downtown hotels, do you find it difficult to locate nutritious high protein foods that won’t break your calorie budget?
Check out the nearby Starbucks Coffee shop. Some ae carrying vanilla flavor Siggi’s brand yogurt in 5.3 oz. serving cups. Each tasty container will provide 15 grams of protein, 9 grams of carbohydrate, and <1 gram of fat for 120 calories.
The top foil cover boasts, “more protein than sugar per cup”, with sweetening coming from organic agave nectar and fruit. The sides of the cup inform us there’s no artificial sugar (aspartame, or sucralose) or high fructose corn syrup. The skim milk used in making the thick yogurt, or “skyr”, in the Icelandic tradition comes from grass-fed cows not treated with growth hormones.
This product is perfect for business travelers and for families on-the-go looking for a truly healthy snack. In addition to being great source of protein for “spiking” as discussed in a blog this past week, it contains calcium which contributes to bone strength.
As an alternative, low-fat 1% milk can also provide dairy calcium and protein, about 8 grams, with 12 grams of carbohydrate, at about 103 calories. So, if the Starbucks you visit doesn’t have the yogurt, it may offer single-serving, boxed Horizon organic milk, with about half the protein at a slightly lower calorie cost.
If you have access to a room with ice and a bucket, buy more than one yogurt and keep the other cold until you need it later. Horizon milk boxes can be stowed in checked baggage, in briefcases and gym bags, or on the road in a car without refrigeration, and are good to drink until the date code on the box.
Why single out Starbucks as the go-to place? They are ubiquitous. Many hotels have a shop in the lobby. Office buildings also often have corner coffee stops. Airports may have other coffee brands as well, but generally also have a Starbucks Coffee shop.
If your favorite java stop doesn’t stock something nutritious you can grab for a protein ‘spike’, remind a server every time you visit to add something like Siggi’s yogurt or Horizon milk.
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. I began participating in road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health.
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