Starbucks Copycat Protein Bistro Packs
Every time I pick one up, I think "I can make this myself." Also, I don't eat the cheese that's inside so I'm wasting food - in addition to the plastic container. But the little tasty bread rounds are my favorite and the limiting factor in making the packs myself.
After some Googling, I went to Whole Foods and found these Ozery Bakery Snacking Rounds (Muesli flavor - they also have apple cinnamon and cranberry orange). How awesome! You get 14 buns for $3.99 - that's only 29 cents a bun! Math in my head explodes when I think of how many protein packs I can make myself for the price of one from Starbucks. These are really yummy and you can freeze them to dole out over 14 days!
This box of grapes was $3.99 from Trader Joe's.
Also from Trader Joe's - Almond Butter
I already had a set of these "salad dressing/small stuff" containers by sistema. However, after I filled them I realized they were a tad too big for the LunchBot container to close completely. But it's not a big deal for me because I carry it from my car into the work refrigerator, and don't have it bouncing around in a backpack. However, if I find shorter containers, I'll get them.
A hard boiled egg is added along with some carrot sticks and a couple strawberries. The Starbucks container holds a piece of cheese which I never ate and apple slices. Since I always have a whole apple at work to snack on, I put in carrot sticks. They act as a spreader of peanut butter on the bread round too.
It all goes into this divided stainless steel LunchBots. I've had it for years and love it. I lost the lid for a time and was able to buy a replacement from their website (turns out it was under my car seat...must have been snacking on the drive). Note: it is divided but not water/leak proof between the sections so it's good for "dry" foods.
You can get the box on Amazon and I've seen them in Whole Foods and The Container Store. (I use affiliate links on Amazon so I get a tiny percent if you follow the link and buy stuff. I usually turn around and buy cookbooks on Amazon).
I'm excited I found the Ozery bread rounds and can make my own healthy snack pack! It's hella cheaper with a ton less waste too! Hope you make some too! ~ Mary
P.S. Where have I been? I've been without a kitchen for 3 months as new cabinets were installed and a few construction hiccups came up. I'm happy to say I have a sink and oven again!! Whoo hoo! See you soon!