When I am hungry in between meals, I try to look for something healthy to eat. Since protein is essential for health, I look for high protein snacks as a way to increase my protein consumption. Protein is a priority especially as we age because it builds and repairs muscles and bones. So, it is important to keep high protein snacks around when hunger hits.
When I was in elementary school and was hungry, my mom always told me to eat a carrot (the big, long carrots). I always told her I was hungrier then a carrot. She thought that was funny. Carrots don’t have much protein in them, but they are rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
Today, I want something that is quick, healthy, and is packed with protein. Protein also helps to keep you full and satisfied. While many snacks can be unhealthy, there are many healthy and portable options to choose from. I am developing an ongoing list of snacks with protein.
Protein Filled Snacks:
- Baked turkey or chicken slices
- Non- fat plain Greek yogurt with fresh fruit
- Tuna, salmon in self-serve packages
- Hard boiled eggs
- Hummus and veggies
- Cottage cheese with fruit
- Apple or celery with nut butter
- Handful of almonds or pumpkin seeds
- Cheese or cheese sticks
- Peanut butter power balls
- Trail Mix
- Beef sticks
- Roasted chickpeas
What else could be added to the list? What is your go to protein snack?
Getting enough protein daily is essential for health. People’s protein needs vary. (Check with your Dr. for your specific needs). As an example, an active woman who weighs 150 pounds should consume between 80- 136 grams of protein per day. (Reminder, 1 egg contains about 6 grams of protein). Therefore, developing a healthy and portable protein list is key. So, when you snack, think of protein. Fitness Life By Design can help you in this endeavor.