High protein snacks are ideal for satisfying hunger in between meals, late at night, pre-workout or when you are on the go. They are certainly better than high sugar or high carb snacks. Protein curbs your cravings and keeps you satiated. Unlike carbs, slow digesting protein does not spike your insulin and blood sugar.
High insulin and blood sugar levels cause fat storage and prevent fat loss. Not good at all if you are trying to lose excess fat or maintain your weight!
Here are some of the top 8 healthy high protein snacks…
1. Egg White
Egg white is an inexpensive source of high quality, lean protein. 1 large egg can easily provide 7 grams of protein (1 large egg white = 4 grams of protein). Eggs are also rich in vitamins and minerals.
They are so easy and quick to prepare.
Check out these –> 5 ways to eat egg whites as a healthy late night snack
2. Beef Jerky
Beef jerky (or any other jerky: chicken, turkey, salmon) is high in protein and low in fat. It is an ideal savoury snack for satisfying your salty cravings.
Be aware that many jerky products contain artificial additives. However, you can still find good quality jerky products if you learn to read the label before buying. Here are some key things to look out for:
– no preservatives
– no nitrates/sodium nitrates
– no MSG
– no/low in sodium (salt)
– no artificial colours
3. Cottage Cheese
Cottage cheese is a healthy high protein snack. One cup of cottage cheese has 28 grams of protein. Mix it with some fruits, nuts, nut butter, salsa or hot sauce for a quick and easy snack.
Click this link for more –> Cottage Cheese Snack Ideas
Nuts are convenient snacks to carry around with you. Being rich in protein, unsaturated fats and fiber, they are satiating and filling. Try combining a handful of your favourite nuts/mixed nuts with a piece of fresh fruit such as apple, berries or grapes.
5. Nut butter
Nut butter is more than just a spread for sandwiches. Whether it’s peanut (which is actually a legume), cashew or almond butter, you can enjoy it plain or with apple/carrot/celery sticks. Add nut butter to cottage cheese to increased the combined protein content.
If you like peanut butter but are concerned about the high calories, check out this low calorie peanut butter which contains only 45 calories per tablespoon (vs. 95 calories per tablespoon of regular peanut butter).
6. Deli Turkey Rollup
Turkey is a source of lean, slow digesting protein. Opt for deli turkey that is nitrite and nitrate free. Alternatively, you can make your own turkey breast slices.
Spread mustard, hummus or guacamole on a slice of deli turkey or turkey breast. Then, layer one or more of these fillings: avocado, bell pepper, carrot, cucumber, tomato or cheese. Roll up and enjoy!
7. Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt contains twice the protein and half the sugar of regular yogurt. Choose unsweetened, plain greek yogurt. I prefer to add whole fruits to sweeten it but you can also use a natural sweetener such as stevia.
8. Protein Bars
Low carb, high protein bars a great alternative to candy bars for satisfying your sweet tooth.
Here are some of the best protein bars that provide 15-20g of high quality protein per serving –> 3 Best Protein Bars