I'm struggling with my diet because preparing chicken breast is a total hassle for me, so I've been trying to find a good alternative to it, something that would be as easy and quick as possible to prepare and to carry with me to eat at college and that would provide equivalent benefits.
I've read many posts about this topic, but the answers I found have been too generic, so please consider reading the rest to see my specific concerns. If this post shouldn't be here, please kindly direct me to a place where I can discuss this.
What I've been trying to do? I've been trying to prepare chicken breast in bulk for the whole week to eat 200g of it at lunch and more 200g at dinner. The first portion I eat at college and the second usually at home. Some weeks I manage to do that, but most of them I don't because I often get too busy to prepare them at the weekend or because some days it's harder for me to get access to a microwave to heat it where I am.
Blending? I've tried blending the chicken in the past to create a shake, but I was not able to prepare it in a way that made it smooth enough to be easily drinkable, so in the end it was actually harder than simply eating it. If you know an easy recipe that would make it easily drinkable without making one puke, please let me know.
Also, concerning food safety, if I manage to make it drinkable, would it be safe to take it to college and drink it 5 to 6 hours after taking it out of the freezer? I can use a thermal bag, but it wouldn't hold the temperature for too long.
Alternatives? I've seen suggestions of alternatives such as cottage, egg white, protein powder, fish... but would it really be healthy to substitute my chicken breast meals with these? I mean, would I be getting similar benefits or would I be missing nutrients that can only be found in meat?
Cottage, whole eggs, egg whites, and canned salmon are already part of my diet, but not in big quantities—except for egg white.
Please consider this: I don't like tofu and I don't eat "red meat". My animal protein sources are chicken, fish, eggs and dairy products only, so please don't suggest things such as pork, beef, and sausages.
Please also consider the price of your suggestion: I can't substitute the chicken breasts for something that would increase my monthly expenditure on food as I already spend too much on it.
Hear my plea! Please, help me find a healthy and practical solution to stick to my diet, I don't care much about taste, it just needs to be as practical as possible. I've been struggling with this for years, I always end up losing my extremely hard-earned gains every time I slip on my diet, and I'm becoming more and more unmotivated to continue training as I always end up getting skinny again in the end for eating less than I should. :(