A few weeks ago, my husband was enticed by an alluring deal at our local grocery store for these Oscar Mayer P3 Portable Protein Packs. They were on sale for a little over $1 so he grabbed a few. He’s been trying to eat healthier and thought these would make a nice little snack. He tried & loved them. Our 3 year old even liked them once he saw daddy eating them.
OK, they’re not really the healthiest things in the world (considering they are processed)…I mean, fresh fruits and veggies would be a “healthy snack”. However, considering what we sometimes “snack” on around here throughout the week (chips, pop tarts, candy, etc)…it’s a better alternative.
Well…that’s where they “got” us because when I went to the store last week to pick up some more, they were now $3 each. YIKES! $3 for a handful of nuts, a little bit of cheese and some small pieces of meat?! No thank you.
He said…why don’t we just make our own? We often have all these ingredients on hand anyway. The only thing stopping us from not snacking on them now is merely the convenience factor. You open the fridge and want something quick…or you’re grabbing something as you walk out the door. When you only have a few seconds to make a choice, these are really convenient. So today in less than 10 minutes, I threw together half a dozen of these bad boys so they are ready for the taking.
This time around, I just used pre-cooked meats that I already happened to have on hand. But on my next trip to the grocery store, I’ll definitely be picking up some fresh chicken to cook up and cube myself for my next batch of DIY Protein Packs.
DIY Protein Packs
Prep: 10-15 mins (depends on if you’re cooking the protein fresh)
What you’ll need:
- Cubed cooked chicken, turkey, or protein of your choice
- Block of cheese of your choice, cut into small cubes
- Nuts of your choice (stick to harder nuts, as soft nuts tend to get a little soggy)
- Snack sized food storage container (even better if they have separated compartments)
Here is what I used for my DIY Protein Packs my first time around:
Tyson Grilled & Ready Oven Roasted Diced Chicken Breast: This has been a go-to for me since I first discovered it a couple years ago when our son started eating finger foods. Of course I prefer feeding him fresh-cooked chicken breast; however, when I’m in a time crunch, I find this specific variety to be the best ever! It’s fully cooked, very juicy, has great flavor, and extremely convenient.
I frequently heat up & use this chicken to toss into fresh salads I make myself, and it’s also great for my kids to munch on. In fact, my 11 month old absolutely LOVES this chicken (I heat up a few cubes for 15-20 seconds and cut them into even smaller pieces so she can feed herself).
The chicken is already cubed, but it only took me a couple quick minutes to cut up slices of a cheese block and the Honey Roasted Turkey.
Just toss everything into your snack containers. I had a great almond/cashew/pistachio mix…but those didn’t last long enough to make this round of protein packs.
*Note about nuts: after going through this first batch, I would recommend sticking to harder nuts like peanuts, almonds, etc. Macadamias are a family favorite and I used them in some of these…however, they got a little bit soggy-ish. They were still edible, but they definitely weren’t as fresh tasting as they are when we eat them out of the containers in the cupboard. Who knew refrigeration affected some nuts? Not me until now. 😉
My local grocery store had these great little compartment snack containers, but you can find many different snack containers online. Since my snack containers came in different colors, I used the colors to code different kinds of protein packed.