If you aim to lose weight or stay fit on a healthy way, choosing the right type of calories is more beneficial than simply cutting down on the overall count of calories.
We’ve all learned from our experiences that a certain amount of calories received from sugar snacks is not going to satisfy your hunger the same way as the same amount of calories of protein would. So, by choosing snacks high on protein you can keep both your body well nourished and keep the food cravings throughout the day under control!
Here are some tips for tasty and easily prepared protein snacks to help you stay on track.
1. Apple Slices with Nut Butter
Back to the basics: slices of apple topped with any kind of nut butter. Additionally, you may want to use almond butter instead of peanut butter, since almond butter is known for containing a more diverse and nutrient-dense nutritional profile. Whatever your choice, always look for natural nut butters that are low on preservatives and sugars.
2. Chocolate Berry Shake
If you don’t have a lot of time and want a simple protein packed shake, try mixing 1 scoop of chocolate flavored protein powder, 1.5 cups of soy milk and a handful of frozen berries of any type and throw them in the blender. Blend until smooth and fluffy.
3. Turkey Rolls
If you feel like having poultry for a snack today, try rolling a few slices of sliced turkey around a piece of low-fat cheese. Easy to fit and carry around!
4. Beef Jerky
It’s best If you can get it homemade, but even if you can’t, you could always find a good replacement in the supermarkets – opt for a product that’s natural and preferably free of preservatives.
5. Chocolate Soy Milk
Since soy milk is a well-known source of protein, when that infamous craving for something sweet gets to you, try adding two tablespoons of cocoa powder and one or two tablespoons of sugar to a cup of soy milk and enjoy some chocolate soy milk!
6. String Cheese
String cheese is both tasty and high on protein. Choose a low-fat variant and combine it with your favorite fruits or veggies.
7. Hummus and Veggies
Hummus, the simple dip of chickpeas, olive oil, salt and lemon juice, is very rich in protein and can easily keep the blood sugar levels balanced, thereby providing great help in resisting a sugary snack. But instead of eating it with bread or some other baked snack made from flour, try pairing it with vegetables like celery, slices of bell peppers or carrots.
Need something both salty and nutritious? Nuts always make a great choice, but mind the serving size to keep the calories in check!
9. Soy Milk Oatmeal
Oatmeal, the classic breakfast choice, can be also used as a healthy and filling snack in the middle of the day. Use soy milk instead of regular milk and add some fresh berries or fruits to cheer it up!
10. Sunflower Seeds
An excellent source of essential fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants, sunflower seeds are crunchy and tasty – one handful a day can help keep your cravings satisfied.
11. Shrimp Cocktail
You can precook and peel them and then keep them frozen for a quick snack whenever you feel like it. Dressed up with some cocktail sauce, they make a great low-calorie choice!
12. Soy Milk Latte
For an ideal break in the middle of your hardworking day, mix equal amounts of soy milk and coffee and enjoy a latte that gives you a nice hit of protein and caffeine at the same time!
13. Tuna Salad Wraps
Tuna is low on calories and high on minerals, antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids. Spread one-third of a cup of tuna combined with a tablespoon of mayonnaise (preferably low-fat!) on a leaf of lettuce.
14. Egg Muffins
Experiment with egg muffins with cheese and bacon or sausages as they are an ideal mouth-watering carb-free snack.
15. Cottage Cheese and Fruit
For a snack that’s good for your health and actually keeps you full longer than your regular sweets, try adding some sliced fruits to half a cup of low-fat cottage cheese.
16. Mini Cheese Platter
Size is everything – those big Italian-style platters of cheese are delicious but won’t help your diet plans. Make a mini cheese platter by dicing a low-fat pepperjack cheese stick and mixing it with a small portion of nuts and slices of fruit or any kind of berries. It’s a cheese-flavored snack that satisfies both the cravings for something sweet and something salty!
17. Hard Boiled Eggs
Keep it simple and high-protein by hard-boiling two eggs, cutting them in half and adding a pinch of salt.
18. Veggie Burger with Pico de Gallo
You know that veggie burgers are not strictly reserved for vegetarians, right? If you feel like having a hot snack, add some fresh flavor to your favorite version of a veggie burger by coating it with some pico de gallo. This snack can be easily made into a tasty lunch by cooking two burgers and pairing them with a salad and a few slices of fresh avocado.
19. Peanut Butter Banana Shake
Peanut butter and bananas are best friends in the world of flavorful protein shakes! Simply combine half a sliced banana (you can always keep some prepared in your freezer) with two tablespoons of peanut butter powder and 1.5 cups of soy milk and blend until smooth. Ideal after an amazing workout!
20. Baked Apples and Soymilk
You fantasize about having an apple pie but you don’t want to compromise your low-carb diet? Indulge your sweet tooth with a healthier variant – skinny baked apples with a big glass of soy milk.
Any thoughts or comments? Please feel free to share your favorite recipes and advices for protein filled snacks with us!