Twelve Healthy Protein Packed Snacks
Protein is much more filling than carbohydrates and is a vital component of any healthy lifestyle. Reach for a protein snack and you will ward off hunger for longer.
Here are 12 protein packed snacks to always have on your grocery list:
1. Cheese Sticks
Most cheese sticks have low carbohydrates and also provide a small serving of dairy.
Hard boiled, fried or baked. One make-ahead snack idea for the whole family is “egg cups” or “mini egg frittata.” Simply combine eggs, veggies and cheese. Pour the mixture into muffin pan or cups and bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes.
Enjoy one cup of unshelled edamame or 1/3 cup shelled and you’ll receive a good punch of protein with low carbohydrates. You can even buy edamame frozen or dry roasted.
4. Deli Roll
Take a cheese stick (or two slices of cheese) and wrap with two slices of deli meat. For an added twist, microwave for nine seconds.
5. Nuts and Seeds
Some suggestions of types of nuts and seeds for you to try include almonds, walnuts, pecans, flax seeds and pumpkin seeds. Try different kinds to see which ones you like. Just remember the normal serving size is 15 – 20 nuts and ¼ cup of seeds.
6. Peanut Butter
Yes, peanut butter! Buy natural peanut butter with three ingredients or less and no added sugar. Savor a tablespoon or two on celery or apple slices. Another idea is to make a protein shake by combining protein powder and peanut butter.
7. Beef or Ostrich Jerky
The best kinds of this chewy snack are at health food stores. Look for packages with no added sugar and lower sodium.
8. Surviving Holiday Dinners & Office Pitch-Ins
Protein bars and shakes can be a lifesaver because they’re easy, convenient and filling – but BEWARE! Not all protein bars and shakes are created equal and many are FILLED with sugar! Aim for no more than 20 grams of total carbohydrates and at least 10 grams of protein
9. Plain Greek Yogurt
Enjoy plain Greek yogurt and add in splenda or truvia, fresh fruit, nuts, cinnamon or nutmeg.
10. Cottage Cheese
A simple ½ cup of cottage cheese with fresh fruit, sugar-free flavoring or cinnamon makes a perfect snack.
11. Turkey Pepperoni Chips
Take the pepperonis chips and place on a baking pan at 350 degrees. Enjoy them as a crispy and delicious no carb snack!
12. Quesadilla or Pizza Roll
Take a low carb tortilla, place fresh or canned tomato or salsa, cheese, meats or veggies and bake or microwave until the cheese melts. Roll up and enjoy!