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I work ten hours a day, five days a week, so it’s vitally important that I bring some food with me to my job, otherwise I’d be buying breakfast and lunch at the places around me in Manhattan every day, and it would get really expensive. Therefore, I like to buy food in bulk (usually from Amazon Fresh or Boxed.com), and bring stuff for two-three small meals with me when I take the train in the mornings. I’m usually not really hungry first thing when I wake up, but I know that breakfast is necessary, to get the metabolism going. One of the breakfast options that I like is a protein shake and a Nutrigrain bar.
I’ve been eating the Nutri-Grain Bars, made by Kellogg’s, since I was in high school. I remember the art teacher’s office was stocked with them, and I would have one, along with a cup of instant hot chocolate, every lunch hour while working on my studio art projects. It brings back pleasant memories when I have a Nutri-Grain Bar, even today. They come in several different flavors, apple, mixed berry, blueberry, and strawberry, among others. My favorites are apple and mixed berry. The bars are low in sugar, total and saturated fat, and they’re a good size, not too big, not too small.
To wash down the Nutrigrain bar, a nice protein shake is a good way to go. There are several on the market. Kellogg’s makes a Special K Protein Shake that’s pretty good in either the chocolate or french vanilla flavor. They come in packs of four. Other good options are Ensure shakes, which come in a variety of flavors. I’m not a fan of the strawberry, but the original chocolate or vanilla are both good, or the butter pecan is delicious, but difficult to find for sale where I live. These come in packages of six.
Ultimately, when I’m looking at protein shakes, I’m looking for the total and saturated fat to both be less than ten percent of my daily recommended amount. Most of the Special K or Ensure ones have 8 percent daily fat and 3 percent daily saturated fat. Combine that with any of the Nutrigrain bars, which have 5 percent total and 3 percent saturated, and you’re looking at less than 15 percent total and saturated fat for your whole breakfast, which is pretty healthy. Once again, these options are comfortable, and familiar. Like with a bowl of cereal, you know what you’re getting, and there’s no surprises. I have this breakfast usually multiple times a week, and I can fully recommend it to you, my fellow picky eaters, as well.