3 Healthy Protein Boxes (Starbucks Copycat) + VIDEO

DIY Protein Boxes are perfect for meal-prep. Learn how to make your own healthy Protein Box at home to save money & time.

When I’m running short on time, and it’s time to eat, I normally find myself popping into the local Starbucks to grab a bite that I can eat while I’m at my desk… And more often than not, I’ll either grab some of their sous vide egg bites or one of their protein boxes.

But I’m trying to be better about planning ahead in order to save both time and money.

So, that’s where my Starbucks copycats come into play.

First, I worked on perfecting my recipe for making sous vide egg bites in the Instant Pot. And then, came these DIY protein boxes – which I’m actually totally stoked about.

I love making these protein boxes at home for a few reasons:

  1. I can control the ingredients, and choose organic.
  2. I can pick what I want to add to my protein box. Not a fan of carrots? Swap them out for red peppers. Dairy free? Get your protein by swapping out the cheese for hummus.
  3. It’s much more affordable.

Here’s how to build a Protein Box at home:

1. Pick a Protein

Pick one or two protein sources to add to your Protein Box. Protein will keep your energy level high and keep you feeling full throughout the day.

  • Greek Yogurt
  • Hard-Boiled Egg
  • Hummus
  • Tuna
  • Cheese
  • Nuts
  • Sliced Deli Meat

2. Add Whole Grains

Choose one whole grain source to add to your Protein Box. Whole grains are a good source of fiber and aid in digestion.

  • Whole-Wheat Pita
  • Graham Crackers
  • Whole-Grain Bread

3. Pile in the Fresh Fruits & Veggies

Add as many fruits & veggies as you’d like. Fruits and vegetables provide a boost of vitamins and nutrition.

  • Grape Tomatoes
  • Baby Carrots
  • Grapes
  • Celery
  • Apples
  • Bell Peppers
  • Cucumbers

4. Pack it Up

I like to pack my items into these bistro boxes. When adding ingredients like hummus or peanut butter, I use a cupcake liner to separate them. (These silicone cupcake liners are also great – and reusable)

Here are 3 of my favorite healthy Protein Boxes that you can make at home:

Veggie & Hummus Bistro Box

Veggie & Hummus Protein Box

DIY Protein Boxes are perfect for meal-prep. Learn how to make your own healthy Protein Box at home to save money & time.
4.5 from 4 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1

Ingredients

  • 1 Whole Wheat Pita
  • 1 String Cheese
  • 6 Cucumber Slices
  • 10 Baby Carrots
  • 10 O Organics® Grape Tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup O Organics® Traditional Hummus

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients in bistro box, using cupcake liner to hold hummus. 
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Nutrition

Calories: 432kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 794mg | Potassium: 1283mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 15420IU | Vitamin C: 35.5mg | Calcium: 134mg | Iron: 5.2mg
Veggie & Hummus Bistro Box
Protein Bistro Box

Protein Bistro Box

5 from 3 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Apple (sliced)
  • 10 Grapes
  • 1 Whole Wheat Pita (halved)
  • 1 Tablespoon Peanut Butter
  • 1 ounce Cheese
  • 1 O Organics® Cage Free Boiled Egg

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients in bistro box using cupcake liner to hold peanut butter. 
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Nutrition

Calories: 502kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 193mg | Sodium: 562mg | Potassium: 452mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 520IU | Vitamin C: 5.8mg | Calcium: 229mg | Iron: 3mg
Protein Bistro Box
Fruit & Nut Bistro Box

Fruit & Nut Protein Box

5 from 3 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1

Ingredients

  • 1/8 cup Dried Cranberries
  • 1/8 cup Almonds
  • 2 O Organics® Honey Graham Cracker
  • 1/2 Apple (sliced)
  • 1 ounce Cheese

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to bistro box. 
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Nutrition

Calories: 429kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 362mg | Potassium: 272mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 285IU | Vitamin C: 4.2mg | Calcium: 274mg | Iron: 2mg

6 thoughts on “3 Healthy Protein Boxes (Starbucks Copycat) + VIDEO”

  1. 5 stars
    These are brilliant! I love that they are so flexible so you can add a little bit of everything depending on your preferences and then switch it up for the next day. I’m all over the mix with peanut butter and cheese!

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  2. Love bistro boxes! I’m curious as to what types of cheeses you used in the photos? And the cupcake liner is brilliant!

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  3. 5 stars
    Thank you for the story. I really like your ideas for snacking at work. I’m a female mechanic and busy all day long. I start really early and stay on my feet constantly. Some days I don’t eat lunch but try to grab breakfast. I like how you submitted great ideas I can try. I’m pre diabetic so your ideas are helpful. Please let me know if you have any other ideas for lunch. Your helping me save money. Thank you so much.

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