I wrote about my love for macro dieting here, but I’d love to jump in a little further and tell you some of my favorite really quick snacks, foods, and protein drink options that make counting macros a little easier and a lot more enjoyable for me. None of the options below require anything more than a microwave or toaster and there’s no cooking or huge prep involved. I’ve included the grams for the macros after each description (c = carbs, f = fat, p = protein).
- UMP Chocolate Protein Powder. I seriously drink this stuff almost daily. I have always hated protein powders. If I don’t like the way something tastes or the way it makes me feel, then it’s extremely hard for me to continue or drinking it. However, this stuff actually tastes awesome. I usually just mix 1 scoop of the chocolate powder with 8 oz of cold water and some crunched up ice in my blender bottle. 4c, 3.5f, 20p (120 calories).
- Kodiak Cakes products. My favorites are the waffle mix (we use this to make mini waffles at home or to make banana muffins) and the frozen vanilla buttermilk waffles. I top it with Walden Farms syrup and I’m happy. Macros for 2 of the frozen waffles: 29c, 11f, 12p (260 calories)
- Danon Light&Fit Yogurt. My absolute favorite flavor is banana cream, but it’s not a flavor my store typically carries so I buy the strawberry banana and it’s pretty good too. 9c, 0f, 12p (80 calories)
- Ole Xtreme Wellness Tortillas. I love these for breakfast burritos and tacos. My husband and kids eat these too and can’t tell the difference between these and the higher calorie options we’ve had in the past. 16c, 1.5f, 4p (50 calories)
- Protein Crisps. You can eat SO many of these in a serving. When you have that hankering for chips or something crispy, these are not a bad choice! I love the barbecue flavor and the buffalo. 10c, 2.5f, 10p (90 calories)
- String Cheese. I love buying these because they are affordable and everyone in my family can eat them. When it’s about time for bed but I need a few more grams of protein, it isn’t uncommon for me to reach for one of these. 0.5c, 6f, 1p (80 calories)
- Bolthouse Farms Dressings – If you’re wanting to make a quick salad, use a marinade, or have a tasty dip for some veggies, try out these dressings. It’s really easy to squirt some in a little container and take to work with a bag of veggies. One of my favorites is the Sweet Heat Sriracha Yogurt flavor. 3c, 3f, 1p (45 calories)
- Rice Cakes. I love the caramel ones and Aldi has their “Fit & Active” mini ones for really cheap. Sometimes, I get a little sweet tooth and these are just enough to satisfy. I will also eat a small handful sometimes right before a workout. 7 of the mini Fit & Actives = 1 serving. 13c, 0f, 1p (60 calories)
- Cottage Cheese. I love cottage cheese just by itself, but a lot of people love it mixed with fruit. It’s pretty high in protein and I actually love to dip veggies in it in place of ranch. 1/2 cup of low-fat cottage cheese is 4c, 2.5f, 14p (90 calories).
- Deli Meat. I’m talking about the good kind… the kind you actually get from behind the deli. Find your favorite and get it sliced however you like. My favorite is the maple turkey sliced super thin. If it’s this kind or another kind I truly like, I don’t miss the bread. 2 ounces of honey maple turkey is 2c, 0.5f, 14p (70 calories).
I’m sure I’m missing several things, but these are all things that help to add to quick meals or snacks without killing your macro counts for the day. I hope you find this helpful! I’ll put up some of my favorite macro recipes soon.