This article was republished with permission from Fitnessrepublic.com.
When you are on a diet and get the nibbles, what do you eat? Don’t just grab anything. Be prepared and have exciting, high protein snacks on hand to keep you on track! Snacking throughout the day isn’t necessarily bad or wrong if you choose the right snacks. Foods high in protein keep you satiated and feeling full, tying you over until your next meal. Try these eight high protein snacks to lose weight and satisfying your cravings.
1. Protein Banana-Chocolate-Oats
Snoozing at your cubicle at 2 PM? Do you need a nap at 1 PM before the kids get home from school? Try this easy recipe for an easy healthy treat. In a medium plastic (or glass) container with a lid, add one cup of unflavored almond milk, half mashed banana, two and a half tablespoons chocolate protein powder, two tablespoons finely chopped walnuts, and half cup steel organic oats. Place in fridge overnight.
2. Trail Mix
A packable protein, trail mix is a favorite go-to for a busy life. Healthy, nutritious and easy to prepare, keep trail mix accessible for occasions when you need to grab-it-and-go! Choose your favorite nuts (unsalted and organic), add dried currants, raisins, diced apricots or yogurt bits. Pistachios and almonds pack the most protein, but cashews, walnuts and peanuts are a good choice, too. Seal in airtight containers and store in your pantry. A little trail mix can go a long way. Depending upon the ingredients you choose, trail mix can pack a lot of calories (and protein). Even though they are good calories, don’t overindulge.
3. Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds make a great pre-workout snack, as well as a pick-me-up anytime of the day. If you are planning a workout after work, try a half cup of pumpkin seeds to hold you over until dinner. One cup of pumpkin seeds has about 28 grams of protein. They also include vitamin K, calcium, iron, magnesium and minerals. Roast them to add flavor. It’s the afternoon crunch that you crave.
4. Kind Bar
Usually I don’t endorse pre-packaged foods, I prefer to make my own granola and protein bars. However, if you aren’t handy in the kitchen, Kind Bars are a great high protein snack to help settle food cravings and keep you from crashing your diet. With five grams of protein per bar, there are a variety of Kind Bars to choose from. Available is most grocery chain stores, find them in the health food section.
5. Kimberly Snyder’s Gluten-Free Sprouted Buckwheat Granola
Yes, just like the granola grandma used to make, except healthier. Don’t blow your diet on junk food and vending sweets. Make granola ahead of time; place them in the freezer in individual portions. Take it along to work or the gym, and the granola will be thawed by the time the afternoon blahs hit! Great for lunch boxes, too, granola is super easy to make. Try fitness expert Kimberly Snyder’s recipe. Watch the video here.
6. Flax Blueberry Muffins
The aroma of blueberry muffins is exhilarating! They are a comfort food. This is a healthier version you can easily make and freeze in individual containers. In a medium size glass bowl, combine a quarter cup quick oats, a half cup fresh blueberries, one teaspoon baking powder, one teaspoon cinnamon, one teaspoon olive oil, two egg whites, a half teaspoon honey, and two tablespoons ground flax seed. Microwave on high for one minute. Cool and serve.
7. Sugar Snap Peas
Who would guess that this powerhouse weight-loss-savvy green food has three grams of protein? A garden favorite, sugar snap peas are crunchy, healthy and satisfying. Not much to do here, just wash, place in a container, and enjoy.
8. Recovery Rice Crispies
Snap. Crackle… Well, you know the rest! There is no reason why you can’t stay on your diet with this yummy healthy snack. In a 9×9 baking pan, combine two tablespoons clover honey, half cup dry quick oats, half teaspoon vanilla extract, two tablespoons unsalted reduced fat butter, one and a half cups Rice Krispies cereal, two scoops vanilla protein powder. In a 325 degree preheated oven, bake for 15 minutes. Cut and serve.
Makes 16 servings; 64 calories per serving.
Try these other protein powder recipes for high protein snacks for weight loss. Be selective about ingredients, and use organic, wholesome ingredients. Stay focused, stay fit, and eat healthy.
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