You probably know how hard can be to combine a solid meal with long work hours or school classes. Often when hunger strikes and people don’t have time to cook and eat a solid meal, they will eat junk food, just to satisfy their hunger. The snacks high in protein are more like mini meals that can “save” you whenever hunger strikes, while allowing you to still eat healthy and maintain that hard built muscle.
Most snacks that are sold today are usually high in salt or sugar and full of empty calories which results in unwanted weight gain and you being hungry in an hour again. The high protein snacks are ideal, because they will satisfy your hunger, supply your body and brain with the needed nutrients and increase your energy levels.
These snacks are easy to make and can be taken at work or school with you. They can also serve as ideas which can inspire you to create your own snacks high in protein.
1. Low fat cheese and crackers
– Low fat dairy products like milk, yogurt and low fat cheese are all high in protein. Low fat cheese can be used to top whole grain crackers. Besides protein, low fat cheese is an excellent source of calcium, while the whole grain crackers are a good source of complex carbohydrates. If you don’t like crackers you can use a few pieces of whole grain pita, tortilla, strawberries or an apple.
When it’s not refrigerated, the cheese can last up to 5 hours, which makes it perfect for carrying in the bag at school or work.
2. Tuna sandwich
One can of tuna can contain up to 25 grams of protein, which is more than enough to satisfy your hunger and provide you with the needed protein. A very good snack would be a tuna salad sandwich in a whole grain pita. You can use lettuce or tomatoes as the salad addition to the sandwich.
3. Peanut butter protein bars
These make a great snack high in protein, although you will have to prepare them yourself. The best way is to prepare them over the weekend and make enough to last for the work week ahead. What you will need:
– 1 cup of cereals (Oat cereal is what I like the best)
– 1 cup of peanut butter
– 2-3 scoops of your favorite protein
– honey (just enough honey it can all stick together)
Mix it all together, put it into a pan and shape it into long bars. Put the pan in the fridge for an hour. Cut into snack-sized bars and wrap in tin foil. These should last you a few days.
Conclusion: You don’t have to stay hungry or eat junk food and let your hard earned muscle suffer, as long as you have the time to plan your snacks high in protein ahead of time.