Pocket food

By giraffe320 Latest Reply 2013-06-20 08:35:31 -0500
Started 2013-06-15 20:49:09 -0500

Hi guys. I work 12 hr night shifts in a level one trauma OR. As u can imagine scheduling meals does not exist. Am trying to find something to carry in my pocket that won't melt and will giver the protein I need to carry on- I realize there are many "bars" out there but does any one have any suggestions - to make this a little more complicated when I am in a really bad trauma case the stress raises my blood sugar - so I need something low in sugar. Thanks guys!

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Dr John
Dr John 2013-06-20 08:35:31 -0500 Report

Most of these bars contain hidden MSG. I use Nature's Valley Maple granola bars and sometimes cashew nuts when I can't find food.

GabbyPA 2013-06-16 06:22:43 -0500 Report

There are Cliff Builder Bars out there. They are lower carb and taste pretty good. I was introduced to them by another member here and now I keep some handy. I don't like protein bars much, but these have been good to me. You have to look carefully. They are not just the Cliff bars, they have to say Builder Bars.

Another high protein snack is beef jerky. Again, you have to read the labels and stick with the original flavors as the other ones tend to have more sugar in them. Or make some of your own. It's pretty easy and that way you can control what is in it. Take a day off and make a big batch. Once it's dehydrated, you don't need a refrigerator.

SUZAN 2013-06-16 15:55:57 -0500 Report

The best good snack bar I have found is the KIND bar…very low sugar,gluten free,all natural,lots of nuts and fiber…you can't beat them!!
They come in lots of choices,too!

snuggles11 2013-06-15 23:25:42 -0500 Report

I give you all the credit in the world for working that unit and do your job but if it's bothering you that bad to where you're having problems I think I try different position! Somewhere where it's not as stressful to you!
Your health is very important !
Good luck
Take care of yourself !

alwaysknitting 2013-06-15 21:55:57 -0500 Report

Remember, I'm not a Dr, but have you looked into the ATKIN'S. BARS? There's a big variety. I like the breakfast bars. The blueberry almond is my favorite. I have in for breakfast with a little peanut butter. And I carry one with me at all times. Might be worth looking into. We all react differently, but this works for me.
Hope you find something soon! Hugs, Cathy

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-06-15 21:11:48 -0500 Report

I try to keep some almonds and a few cinnamon hard candies in my vest pocket. I work nights (mostly) at an assisted living and memory care residence. One night I started going low while dealing with a 911 call and found my BG dropping and no emergency ration in my pocket. Thought I would need the responders myself for a moment. So, I have been more aware of keeping something handy, plus high protein snacks in my lunch bag.
Kind bars come in a nice snack size, but I don't remember if the varieties with the highest protein lowest carb come in the smaller sizes.
Luna bars come in smaller sizes too, but they seem to be high in carbs to me.
I have been making my own protein bars with almond flour for the last month or so, but they are a little more fragile. They have more of a bread or cake texture, so only last in my vest pocket about an hour without crumbling.
I have seen a couple of recipes for no grain, no sugar (or low sugar) bars. I'll try to locate them, maybe they'd work out for you, if you cook. I think there might be a no bake one or two.
The way my BG reacts to the stress of calling 911 or Hospice moments, makes me admire those who can work a Trauma unit all the more.

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