Need a healthy snack to tide you over between meals? We have some high-protein snack ideas that will keep you full!
We all know that adopting a healthy diet is good for us. But sometimes cutting back brings on cravings. (We're getting hungry just thinking about it!) What do you do when you're peckish between meals? Go for protein! Protein leaves you feeling fuller longer, which staves off the temptation to binge on the "bad" stuff. Here are some of our favorite healthy high-protein snacks.
When you're on the go, go for jerky. Nutritional values vary a bit by brand, but on average, one ounce of jerky gives you 9 grams of protein for 116 calories. Look for lean beef, turkey or plant-based jerky rather than dried snack sausages to maximize the protein content while minimizing fat.
Add an extra cup of Greek yogurt to your lunch bag for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up. One cup has 17 grams of protein for 100 calories. It can also be good for your gut health. For extra fiber and flavor, bring along some berries to make it a sweet treat.
If you're traveling or out in nature, make your own trail mix. Just a handful delivers an energy boost and helps keep cravings at bay. Add nuts for protein — almonds and pistachios are favorites for this — and mix in some dried fruits or some dark chocolate chips for sweetness. If you're worried about sugar or calories, keep the sweet proportions lower.
Once you see what tuna has to offer, it might just be your new superfood. Go with canned tuna in water, which is much lower calorie than oil. One five-ounce can or package has fewer than 100 calories but packs a 20-gram protein punch. It also has a lot of other healthy stuff, like B vitamins, selenium, and omega-3 fatty acids.
This is another often overlooked superfood. You can use it to create high protein snacks under 100 calories. Half a cup of low-fat cottage cheese has 82 calories, 14 grams of protein, plus calcium and B vitamins. Add a few berries to it or spread it on low-calorie whole-grain toast for an incredibly satisfying snack.
Many pre-packaged foods are loaded with fillers and excess sugar. But if you like protein bars, you can make your own. Look around for recipes that include oats, nuts, dates, and protein powder. Recipes that have lower proportions of sugar and higher amounts of protein will be better for you. Plus you can always tweak them to your tastes.
Hardboiled eggs are crazy healthy, but maybe a bit bland. Solution? Spice it up with deviled eggs. The trick is to use low-fat mayonnaise or salad dressing to make the filling. One egg will give you 6 grams of protein, plus at least a little of many nutrients that the human body needs. They’re particularly plentiful in B vitamins and trace minerals. A whole egg is just 78 calories (plus any mix-ins you use to make the filling).