Convenient Healthy Food Choices
When you live a busy lifestyle, snacks can be useful when hunger hits and you don’t have time to prepare a meal.
However, many snack foods available today are high in refined carbs and sugar, which can leave you feeling unsatisfied and craving more food.
The key is to make sure your snacks are nutritious and contain protein.
Protein promotes fullness because it signals the release of appetite-suppressing hormones, slows digestion, and stabilizes your blood sugar levels.
Read below for some of my favorites!
Beef, chicken, turkey, and salmon are often made into jerky. It can be found at most grocery stores, but keep in mind that store-bought versions are typically high in added sugar and artificial ingredients.
2. LIGHT OR "PRO" GREEK YOGURT
It has been shown to be more filling than yogurts with lower protein content. Try the new Oikos "PRO" version for a tasty treat!
3. Tuna Packets
Unlike tuna from a can, you don't have to drain or worry about any messes. Just tear open and eat! A popular brand you may know as Starkist, has quite a few flavors such as, sweet n spicy, thai chili, ranch, lemon pepper, and many more. Don't forget to look at the off brands, which are a little cheaper.
4. Hard-Boiled Eggs
In addition to being nutritious, they’re versatile. Hard-boiled eggs make a great portable snack. These are easy to prep and take on the go!
5. Cottage Cheese
Cottage cheese is known for being high in protein. It’s a filling snack that can be eaten on the go. Add fruit or veggies to kick things up a notch.
6. Beef Sticks
Beef sticks are a great high protein and portable snack, but it’s important to choose the right type. Make sure to take a peek at the nutrition label. Some get sneaky and have quite a bit of fat or fillers added! The leaner, the better.
7. Protein Bars
Protein bars are an easy way to consume a significant amount of protein. Just remember, sometimes these have as many calories as a meal replacement, so always double check the macros and total calories!
8. Protein Shakes
While getting your protein from whole food sources is ideal, protein shakes make for an easy snack that will sneak some protein and other nutrients into your diet.
Edamame beans are immature soybeans that are still in the pod. They’re high in protein, vitamins, and minerals, and make for a quick and easy snack. One cup of edamame provides some of just about every nutrient that you need, including 17 grams of protein, 52% of your daily need for vitamin K, and over 100% of your daily need for folate.
10. Egg muffins
Egg muffins are a super healthy snack with a nice chunk of protein. They’re made by mixing eggs with veggies and seasonings, pouring the mixture into a muffin tin, and then baking the muffins. I sometimes prefer to add ham slices in the bottom of the tin before adding eggs. That'll get you a few more grams of protein!
11. Cold Cuts
Sliced ham, beef, or turkey, please! Deli meat is convenient, and it gives you about 10 grams of protein in just over two slices. Aim for about 2 to 2.5 ounces (60 to 75 grams) for this snack-sized serving.
12. QUEST Protein Chips
"Quest Protein Chips are crunchable, high protein snacks that come in two varieties: Quest Protein Chips and Quest Tortilla Style Protein Chips. Whichever kind you choose you’re in for a savory snack with at least 18g protein per bag and minimal net carbs."