Suggestions For Great Protein Filled Snacks
Being prepared with a healthy snack on hand is always a great idea. It will help keep you fuller longer, as well as keeping your metabolism burning throughout the day (improving weight loss if desired), and all the while avoiding an eventual energy crash without it. Plus you’ll skip the unhealthy snacks!
Here are 11 great suggestions that are easy to eat at almost any time:
1) Protein Smoothie. Great for on the go and if you refrigerate them, they are the simplest and easiest way to get everything you need in an instant.
2) Nuts and Seeds. 1 ounce (a handful) contains approximately 6 grams of protein and almost 10 grams of healthy monounsatured fat. And they are so easy to carry with you!
3) Quinoa. It cooks up like a grain, yet has the same type of muscle building protein in it similar to meat or eggs. A half a cup uncooked has 12 grams of protein in it, it’s high in potassium and rich in magnesium, iron and vitamin b-6, plus a little healthy fat.
4) Cottage Cheese. A half a cup has approximately 16 grams of protein and it is very low in fat (unlike most cheese). It’s also wonderful to add to fruit to for a chilled sweet snack.
5) Black beans. These are packed with protein and fiber. A cup has 15 grams of protein and tastes delicious.
6) Beef or Turkey Jerky. This is an old classic and yummy to gnaw on when you’re feeling a lull and needing something to satisfy your taste buds and give you that little protein boost. Just 3 ounces packs with approximately 24-30 grams of protein and talk about an easy snack!
7) Salmon. It’s easy to eat and is a power protein that is also a top source of the healthy and much needed omega-3 fats lacking in our diets. A 3.5 ounce serving has 22 grams of protein in it.
8) Eggs. One of the world’s perfect foods. 1 egg has approximately 6 grams of protein in it. It’s cooked in a million ways and hard boiling them allows you to easily transport them for a quick protein filled snack.
9) Oatmeal. A half a cup has about 5 grams of protein in it, a little bit of dietary fiber and iron, plus you can add a healthy fat to it to round it out for your snack. I love putting some healthy fruit on top, especially berries. Avoid the instant packets because they tend to be loaded with sugar.
10) Tuna. It’s an easy and great source of protein with approximately 25 grams per can. There are so many ways to mix up tuna for a delicious snack.
11) Deli meats. Lunch meat isn’t just for sandwiches; it makes a tasty protein roll-up snack as well. Two slices of deli meat turkey has approximately 7 grams of protein, 2 slices of lean chicken breast has approximately 10 grams, and roast beef about 10 to 12 grams of protein in 2 slices. It’s so easy to make a great snack with these!
Incorporating a healthy protein snack into your day will give you more energy and stamina to keep you going through your busy day! Try it! You’ll be amazed at the changes in how you feel.
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