Thanks for the suggestions, I would love to be able to do things like that. However, there is no one else to start dinner on gym days. My son lives with me, but I go to the gym on the days that he has work or classes and is not home until well after I go to bed. I literally have 30-45 minutes to get everything put away and re-packed for the gym the next day, AND get a shower, so there is no time for a meal or salad. I need something "hand-held" that I can eat WHILE I am going around the house doing all of these things before I get in the shower. Luckily, I have had to change my internist and I saw the new one yesterday. She happens to have a degree in nutrition, and we discussed my dilemma. She advised that I go for the protein, and liked the idea of the "egg muffins" that I make ahead and freeze, and suggested that I just add some spinach or other veggies to them.
Since you have a long day, maybe you can look at ways to make dinner less of a crazed rush? Do you live with others who can prepare or start dinner? Can you batch cook meals one days when you have time and pull something out of the freezer for dinner in the evening? Can you have salad ingredients ready to throw together?
Thanks. I guess I will mix it up. My issue is that I have a very long day, leaving at 6:40am and not returning until 6:45 - 7:00pm. They opened a Planet Fitness literally by my house, so I decided to make the commitment to go there before I go home. The problem is that I am going there on a pretty much empty stomach (I try to eat a string cheese or protein bar before I leave work), but I get home between 8:00 and 8:30, and what I am eating when I get home is my "dinner". I am literally rushing in the door, and trying to make/eat something pretty much instant while I put my lunch containers in to wash, put away my work clothes from my gym bag, get out of my sweaty gym clothes, re-pack my gym bag, wash off my FitBIt (get a rash on my wrist if I don't), and get a quick shower so I can get in bed as close to 9:00 as possible. I had been eating a bagel with cream cheese as I am doing all of this, but also have what I call "egg muffins", which is basically an omelette that has been poured into muffin cups and baked. I guess as long as I alternate between these, I should be good.