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A simple DIY protein bistro box for a healthy lunch on-the-go made with hardboiled eggs, fruit, cheese, and nut butter. This kid-friendly protein box idea is perfect for meal prep, packed with 27 grams of protein, and loaded with good nutrition!
I've always loved the quick grab-and-go protein boxes at Starbucks. It's not always easy to get whole food meals on the run. My daughter loves them, too so I decided to come up with our own version that's just as good, if not better than the original.
I love the multigrain muesli bread rounds in the Starbucks version. Full of nuts and seeds, they are the perfect accompaniment to the nut butter and fruit.
For this protein bistro box, I used the Ozery bakery cranberry orange snacking rounds. They have other delicious options to chose from, including Muesli snacking rounds, if you are looking for more flavor varieties, I just happen to love this flavor combo!
Protein Bistro Box Ingredients
- Hardboiled eggs- you can do less or more depending on your protein goals and calorie needs. The calories calculated for this box is for two hardboiled eggs. Keeping the eggs in the shell keeps them fresh when they are stored in the refrigerator for meal prep. Just peel and season when you are ready to eat.
- Snacking round- I love the size and flavor of the Ozery baking rounds, but there are other brands and varieties that would work great as a substitution.
- Clementine- Clementines are great for meal prep because they can last 1-2 weeks in the refrigerator. I also do not peel these before placing them in containers to store. The Starbucks version contains grapes and you can easily make the swap if you prefer grapes to an orange.
- Justin's almond butter snack pack- Not only is this one of my favorite brands of almond butter, but it's the brand that Starbucks uses in their bistro boxes. Not a fan of almond butter? Just go with the peanut butter snack pack instead.
- Cabot reduced-fat snack pack cheese- I LOVE these low-fat cheese snack bars from Cabot, not only because they're a great low-calorie protein snack but they are naturally lactose-free.
- Apple slices- I use ¼ of a large apple per protein box, but you can adjust this for your calorie and macronutrient goals. I wait until the morning that I'm eating the box to add the sliced apple so that they do not turn brown. I've included a tip for you to help keep the apples fresh and prevent browning that naturally occurs from oxidation once they are sliced. You can also put a whole small apple in the box when you prep the containers. I love these glass meal prep containers for assembling the boxes.
Assemble all bistro box ingredients, except the sliced apple, in meal prep containers and refrigerate for up to a week. Add the sliced apple up to a few hours before you are ready to serve.
How To Keep Sliced Apples Fresh
To help preserve sliced apples for several hours, mix 1 tablespoon of lemon juice with 1 cup of water and soak the apple slices for 3 minutes, then drain and rinse. The citric acid in the lemon juice helps to prevent the oxidation process.
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Copycat Starbucks Protein Bistro Box
- 1 Ozery bakery snacking round
- 1 clementine
- 2 hardboiled eggs
- 1 pack Justin's almond butter
- ¼ apple
- 1 Cabot 50% cheddar snack bar
- Place ingredients, except the apple slices, in a meal prep container and refrigerate until ready to eat
- Add the sliced apple up to a few hours before you are ready to serve.