If you’re anything like my online coaching students, you’re always pressed for time and on the go. You know you need to eat, but you usually settle for some 100-calorie snack bar to tide you over to the next meal. But what if you decided on a snack with protein instead?
A problem for most of us who try to get enough of all three macronutrients is that most of the time, the one that gets left out is protein. Most women can’t get enough in just three meals, so a snack with protein is a great way to increase your protein intake every day.
The amazing thing about a snack with protein is its high “satiety“, that is, its ability to make you feel fuller. Every type of food has a satiety level, and the higher that level, the faster and longer you’ll feel full after eating it.
Think about how full you’d feel if you ate a handful of turkey compared to a handful of popcorn. Now think about all those “light snacks” you eat. How long does it take them to make you feel full? How quickly do you get hungry after eating them?
Snacks are a huge part of our daily lifestyle and eating habits when it comes to maintain muscle and burn fat, so we need more on-the-go options than just peanut butter and fruit. Not that you can’t enjoy those too, but we all love variety, right? So here are five more easy and portable way to have a snack with protein for you to enjoy!
Weighing in at 10 grams of protein per 100g serving is the famous Greek yogurt! This snack with protein does have a tartness to it, so a great way to sweeten it is by adding fruits like blueberries, strawberries, and mango. Delicious!
If you want nuts that give you the most bang for your buck, look no further than these two. Surprisingly, both almonds and pistachios contain 21 grams of protein per 100g serving. Toss them in a sandwich bag and take them anywhere for a snack with protein on the go. Almonds also go great with fruits like grapes and bananas!
Some people have a love-hate relationship with cottage cheese, but with 12 grams of protein per 100g serving, you can’t deny it’s healthy! The surprising thing about cottage cheese is that it goes with almost anything. You can throw pepper on it to make it a little spicy or mix apples and berries in it for a sweet kick. Cottage cheese comes in a few different varieties, so be sure to grab a 1–2% fat-free version for the best snack with protein!
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Thanks to my wife, this has recently become one of my go-to snack with protein both at home and on the go. Start by grabbing some turkey from your favorite deli, which contains an impressive 13 grams of protein per 100g serving. But turkey by itself is boring, so use it to wrap a piece of bell pepper or tomato with avocado and cheese. Tastes like heaven!
Yes, I eat eggs outside of breakfast! Guilty as charged. If you love eggs but are always on the move, you’ll find this snack with protein is a lifesaver. Hard-boiled eggs are easy to make and to take, and they boast 13 grams of protein per 100g serving. Spice them up with a little hot sauce and get ready to enjoy eggs in a whole new way!
If you struggle to get enough protein every day, try adding a couple of these snack with protein to your diet. They’ll help you fight those “hangry” cravings, and you may just discover your next favorite food!
Have you tried any of these snack with protein? Which ones are your favorites? Any other high-protein snacks you’d add to this list? Share your thoughts in the comments below, and be sure to share this article with your friends!
Jay Kali AKA, The Strength Architect is the founder of Kali Coaching. He holds certifications as a Specialist in Strength and Conditioning, Certified Fitness Trainer, Online Trainers Academy Graduate, Training For Warriors Level 2 Graduate and is a 300-Certified Yoga Teacher in Power Yoga. He is also an Amazon Bestselling Author in four different categories and has made it his mission to help women create long lasting, healthy lifestyles in just 8 weeks!