Protein key to healthy snacking.

If you remember little else when focusing on health, eating cleaner or even losing or maintaining a healthy weight, remember this:

Protein is key.

Whether you are making a meal, choosing your breakfast or standing in front of the fridge for a snack, choose protein. Protein is the key to filling you up and keeping you full longer due to its slow digestion rate, hence you are not tempted to snack again in 10 minutes. Protein is also the key to healthy muscles, bones, tissues, is a part of every cell in the body and keeps blood sugar levels steady.

The average adult requires anywhere from 55 to 100 grams of protein a day (depending on age and activity level) and that is much easier to get if you are including high protein snacks in your day.

Snacks that pack plenty of protein often also provide fibre and many other nutrients which means you are not filling up on empty calories.

Change the way you think about snacks – don’t reach for the jar of cookies or bag of chips – think protein smoothies, grad and go hard boiled egg, handful of almonds and high protein yogurt in place of random kids fishy crackers or chocolate coated granola bars.

Print out this list of 20 high protein snacks and have on hand in your fridge or pantry so you will be snacking healthy.

20 High Protein Snacks

Hard Boiled Egg

Handful of Almonds

1 tbsp of Peanut butter on apple slices, whole grain toast or crackers

Scoop of protein powder mixed with water and ice or your favorite shake. Add fruit for a smoothie on the go.

Trail mix with walnuts, raisons, granola

Deli meat (nitrate free) rolled with cheese string

Cottage cheese and berries

Hummus and veg

Chocolate Cheesecake Protein Pudding

Greek yogurt and granola

Tuna and cucumber crackers

DIY Protein Balls or Triple Chocolate Protein Cookies

Cucumbers and cheese cubes

Edamame – steamed or roasted

Frozen grapes or banana chunks with almonds

Apple slices and almond butter

DIY Kale, Sweet Potato Chips or Roasted Chick Peas

Bocconcini Cheese, Tomatoes and Basil

Fabulous Fridge Oatmeal

Beans – puree them for a dip with evoo, garlic and lemon juice or roasted them for a crunchy snack

 

Have any more to add? The key is to choose protein whenever you can for snacks and when meal planning!

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