May I suggest Hemp Protein shake? With a shaker cup it will take you about 30 seconds to make a quick one. Hell of a lot better than a Kit Kat. Use almond milk for a bit of extra sweetness. I like Manitoba Harvest brand but any brand will likely do.
I used to go crazy on ON Whey, and bought about a total of 8 tubs, which lasted me about a year. However, I stopped after feeling hot and bothered by it, literally. The stuff was heaty, and my sweat just smelled really bad during the period when I consumed it everyday. Subsequently, I cut back on it and decided to just stick to tofu, fish, meat and eggs.
I don't know about hemp. Is it as heaty? Maybe I'll give it a go. Any flavour you'd recommend? Do different brands taste differently?
(I once tried mixing liquor with whey. Incidentally it actually tasted pretty good)
Hemp is a plant protein, not an animal one, so it's a lot different (you can't survive on it, you'd still need B12). Still it's an exceptional one and not hard on your body. I've always bought the "chocolate" flavor (meaning it says chocolate and it's brown, but like any health food, otherwise bears no resemblance to chocolate). It's not bad.
Yes different brands do taste different, but not radically so. Manitoba Harvest has one now bulked up with extra fiber, so you might prefer that one, dunno.
Whey protein is hard on a lot of people, since it has casein in it especially. I never was a fan of whey protein.
Hemp protein is way more expensive than whey protein btw, but still it shouldn't run you over 20-40 bucks a month. I know cheap candy is, well, cheap, but you can subtract that from the price. I mixed almond milk normally, but you can save that expense by going with water instead (maybe squeeze a bit of fruit juice in to sweeten it).
I just found a new snack that I may be interested in introducing as a staple. My mom recently bought a bag of dried fish snacks, made up of dried fish, salt and sugar. One pack contains 28 kcal, and 3.7g protein. I'll be trying that for a few weeks and see if I notice any gains.
That reminds me, I really should get back to my chia seeds. They're great for during exercise in particular due to the time release effect on the water they soak up.
I've been thinking of acquiring a large container of pumpkin seeds for snacking. Almonds work great but are hideously expensive.