Originally Posted by UnCafeCvooPlay
Trail mix is really high in fat and calories, but costco sells portion controlled packages....and I'm pretty sure its high in protein, but I could be wrong. I also like beef jerkey from Costco.
Yup, you're right, trail mix IS high in fat and calories. Not as high in protein as you think though. (for some reason, folks think that nuts are a high source of protein - they're actually a FAT source, albeit a healthy fat source, but if you're trying to lose weight, I wouldn't recommend eating more than 1/2 oz of nuts per day at MOST - or a tablespoon of natural peanut butter a day - incidentally, peanut butter is around 90% FAT).
A lot of trail mixes also have a ton of sugar in them...I know a lot of folks who believe that trail mix, being natural and all, is healthy. Well, if you're a lean guy who is hiking from Yosemite Valley to Half Dome, then YEAH, trail mix is good - but if you're sitting on your butt in front of the computer all day, I'd recommend rethinking the snacks.
Here are some of my suggestions:
Buy a 24-oz container of cottage cheese, then use a hand blender or food processor to cream it smooth. Add a 6-to-8 oz container of light yogurt (i.e. Dannon Light & Fit or Yoplait Light), some vanilla extract, and Splenda or Equal to taste and blend thoroughly. Now pop that concoction in your work fridge and voila - you have a tasty protein source, ready to go! (I just spoon out some in a paper coffee cup when I'm hungry).
Your ham idea sounds good too. I can't 'do' jerky myself, because it's way too salty - makes me bloat
Another thing I do is keep cooked, sliced chicken at work in the fridge for a quick high-protein snack with some mustard!