Started med school - I need some portable snack ideas!

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    Aug 26, 2011 12:09 AM GMT
    I just started med school this week and M-F we have class from 8:00-12:00. On top of that Monday I have a class from 3:00-5:00 and Tuesdays and Thursdays another class / clinical practice thing from 1:00-5:00. Not to mention lots of studying and reading until late at night.

    Right now I'm hitting the gym whenever I can (which is still quite a bit) but I need some snack ideas that could work for me and my goal to put on a few more pounds. Ideally I could just "grab and go" or throw them in my backpack in the morning. I don't want my diet to go to absolute shit because I'm going to be busy. So if you've got suggestions let me hear 'em.
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    Aug 26, 2011 1:13 AM GMT
    A few ideas:

    Meal replacement bars, any type or nuts, baby carrots, dried or fresh fruits. If you have a small insulated cooler, maybe some cottage cheese.
  • DeadLiftr

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    Aug 26, 2011 1:35 AM GMT

    I carry a container of ground beef and brown rice (with bbq sauce) as a portable meal.

    I like cans of flaked tuna as a snack ("light" tuna is supposed to have 1/3 the mercury that "white" tuna has).

    Those are both good for people on the go.

  • Aug 26, 2011 1:54 AM GMT
    sashaman saidA few ideas:

    Meal replacement bars, any type or nuts, baby carrots, dried or fresh fruits. If you have a small insulated cooler, maybe some cottage cheese.



    I wouldn't go with meal replacement bars...just healthy looking candy bars. Also don't go with dried fruit way too much sugar...go with the fresh variety.


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    Aug 26, 2011 2:14 AM GMT
    Almonds.

    If you enjoy cooking, you could try one of Jamie Eason's recipes.

    http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/video-jamie-eason-lemon-protein-bars.htm
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    Aug 26, 2011 2:58 AM GMT
    I go to school and am there for 10 hours.

    A jar of Whole Foods brand Organic Peanut Butter is $3.99 and it will keep you all day. Mix with celery sticks or apples or pita bread. Lots of protein, no cholesterol and it stays with you. I do this, and after mainlining peanut butter, I have the best workouts.

    Get the non sweetened kind. Believe it or not, many store brands are loaded with sugar, and salted too. (no surprise there since those ingredients are cheaper than PB.) icon_rolleyes.gif

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    Aug 26, 2011 3:03 AM GMT
    I like Snow's chopped clams when I'm sick of tuna. I rinse out the juice (too salty) first. 1 can gives 10.5g of protein.

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    Aug 26, 2011 3:03 AM GMT
    Boost.

    High in protein, taste great. Not really a snack per se but...you get the idea.icon_cool.gif
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    Aug 26, 2011 3:05 AM GMT
    Boost also comes in fruit flavored drinks nowadays, not just milk-like products.
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    Aug 26, 2011 3:25 AM GMT
    Greek yogurt with low-fat cottage cheese, blueberries, chopped almonds, and agave nectar

    shelled pistachios

    walnuts (great for Omega 3's)

    homemade granola (rolled oats, honey, almonds, raisins w/o added sugar, coconut oil, sunflower seeds)

    natural peanut butter w/o added sugar

    quality protein shakes


    Make sure to avoid all the pre-packaged stuff off the shelves. Almost always has added sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and preservatives. And watch the low-fat stuff as they usuallly add stuff to compensate for lost taste.

    Oh, and when you're done med school, can you give me my first physical? icon_wink.gif
  • NursePractiti...

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    Aug 26, 2011 3:29 AM GMT
    Nut's, dried fruit, bumble bee salmon in sealed packets, not cans for portability, and even some protein mixes that don't use a lot of sugar. That helped me get through clinical's years ago. Oh, and a brita bottle filter.
  • commoncoll

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    Aug 26, 2011 3:30 AM GMT
    You started school this week????

    We started freaking August 3rd! When is your anatomy lab? Eat before it. Don't take your food in there-I'm sure you know this.

    Almonds, bananas, fresh fruit, a peanut butter sandwich, carrots, celery all make good snacks. You can also take crackers, boiled eggs, egg sandwiches.

    I try not to take meat, especially seafood on the days we have anatomy lab. The smell of soap reminds me of fat and is on my hands and and it takes forever to get the smell out of my hands and clothes.


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    Aug 26, 2011 3:33 AM GMT
    Ok I'm convinced that being hot is a pre requisite to being in med school. There are quite a few easy on the eyes students on here.
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    Aug 26, 2011 3:35 AM GMT
    commoncoll saidWhen is your anatomy lab? Eat before it.


    You sure about that? I remember a classmate vomiting after the colon was opened up.icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 26, 2011 3:35 AM GMT
    BlackLabSD saidOk I'm convinced that being hot is a pre requisite to being in med school. There are quite a few easy on the eyes students on here.

    I think you're right. People in my class are really hot and fit. But then most people in universities are very fit and beautiful. Of course our first exam is tomorrow so we may not look best then. I really need to go back to studying now but can't make myself.
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    Aug 26, 2011 3:37 AM GMT
    q1w2e3 said
    commoncoll saidWhen is your anatomy lab? Eat before it.


    You sure about that? I remember a classmate vomiting after the colon was opened up.icon_lol.gif
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    You would think you would get used to it by the time you get to colon.

    But we haven't done abdominal cavity yet, so I don't know. I did perforate the gall bladder when I was sawing out the chest cavity and the green stuff came out. But it didn't smell that bad.
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    Aug 26, 2011 4:09 AM GMT
    blue diamond almonds hands down
  • dancedancekj

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    Aug 26, 2011 4:18 AM GMT
    BlackLabSD saidOk I'm convinced that being hot is a pre requisite to being in med school. There are quite a few easy on the eyes students on here.


    Dental school is even better on the looks end, take it from me.

    I would prefer not to eat before anatomy lab, since I could usually taste whatever it was that I had consumed beforehand, and I couldn't get the association of the smell out of that.

    Also, I went 100% vegetarian in that time period. Avoided pulled pork, beef jerky, turkey, and cottage cheese.
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    Aug 26, 2011 4:37 AM GMT
    commoncoll said
    q1w2e3 said
    commoncoll saidWhen is your anatomy lab? Eat before it.


    You sure about that? I remember a classmate vomiting after the colon was opened up.icon_lol.gif
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    You would think you would get used to it by the time you get to colon.

    But we haven't done abdominal cavity yet, so I don't know. I did perforate the gall bladder when I was sawing out the chest cavity and the green stuff came out. But it didn't smell that bad.


    Haha, yeah gall bladder isn't that bad. Colon is not supposed to be opened up. Ever. However shit happens, which happened on my cadaver when my lab partners (never me) cut so far when they were opening up the abdomen that they went right through the greater omentum and pierced the transverse colon. Shit got real.
  • LJay

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    Aug 26, 2011 4:43 AM GMT
    Those little tuna salad kits with the tuna and a packet of mayo and some crackers do wonders, so do cans of sardines. Try to avoid the ones with the tuna salad already mixed in a can. Not so good.

    Nuts.

    Cottage cheese, maybe with fruit, is good if you can keep it cold enough. Little thermos pre-chilled at night?

    Hydrate.

  • dancedancekj

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    Aug 26, 2011 4:45 AM GMT
    Haha. One of the lab groups cut into a penis pump. I swear that thing shot water 5 feet into the air.

    Back on topic, I found that trail mix was awesome. The one with M&M's, almonds, and gigantic raisins. Or make your own with dark chocolate Ghiradelli chocolate chips, Craisins and almonds. That stuff could keep me going even if I had to work or study through lunch. Don't keep it in your car though, otherwise it gets super messy. And careful not to overindulge.
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    Aug 26, 2011 4:49 AM GMT
    a favorite of mine is chopping up sweet potatos and baking them in the oven and sprinkling with sea salt...then put them in a container and you have a bomb ass snack
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    Aug 26, 2011 4:54 AM GMT
    Hard boiled eggs in the shell keep at room temperature. I pack 4 per "meal" around with me. My own trail mix blend ala Costco.

    Cheap and healthy.
  • dancedancekj

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    Aug 26, 2011 6:54 AM GMT
    GAMRican saidHard boiled eggs in the shell keep at room temperature. I pack 4 per "meal" around with me.


    Mmmmm... good call. With sriracha sauce, soy sauce, spicy aoili or good old sand and pepper. Although make sure you brush your teeth and tongue afterwards so your breath doesn't reek of sulfuric compounds from the eggs.
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    Aug 26, 2011 11:49 AM GMT
    agentorange said
    commoncoll said
    q1w2e3 said
    commoncoll saidWhen is your anatomy lab? Eat before it.


    You sure about that? I remember a classmate vomiting after the colon was opened up.icon_lol.gif
    .
    You would think you would get used to it by the time you get to colon.

    But we haven't done abdominal cavity yet, so I don't know. I did perforate the gall bladder when I was sawing out the chest cavity and the green stuff came out. But it didn't smell that bad.


    Haha, yeah gall bladder isn't that bad. Colon is not supposed to be opened up. Ever. However shit happens, which happened on my cadaver when my lab partners (never me) cut so far when they were opening up the abdomen that they went right through the greater omentum and pierced the transverse colon. Shit got real.


    I wasn't there, but apparently someone in the other dissection lab opened up the cecum while trying to find the appendix (in a guy who must have had an appendectomy and had some adhesions there)...

    There were also instructions in Grant's Dissector about cutting up the penis that I, um, did not exactly follow to the T. I just looked at somebody else's dissection for that. icon_eek.gif

    Back to food.