Portable High Protein Snacks

Snacks are great to keep you going strong throughout the day. I know I need a good snack in the afternoon to prevent me from devouring everything in sight when I get home from work because of extreme hunger! A high protein snack will keep you full and focused longer than a sugary or carb heavy snack. Here are some great options you can grab as you run out the door in the morning:

1. Cottage cheese & fruit (1/2 cup cottage cheese topped with 1/2 cup fresh fruit – frozen fruit works well too)

2. Low sodium beef or turkey jerky (look for natural and lightly flavored options)

3. Mixed nuts or Trail Mix (make your own healthier trail mix with nuts, dried fruit, and high fiber cereal)

4. Pumpkin Seeds (roast your own or look for low sodium at the store!)

5. Hard Boiled Egg (make a bunch at the beginning of the week and grab one as an inexpensive snack. Eat with wheat crackers or a slice of bread for a more substantial snack)

6. Deli Rollup (roll up low sodium deli meat with a low fat cheese. Add lettuce and/or tomato for some extra nutrition)

7. Celery nut butter boat (fill celery sticks with peanut butter or another nut butter and top with whole raw almonds)

8. Natural cereal & nut bars (look for bars with easy to read ingredients.. the more simple & wholesome the ingredients the better!)

9. Smoothies (blend in some peanut butter into a banana chocolate smoothie)

10. Edamame (steam ahead of time and keep in the refrigerator – edamame is great cold too!)

11. Hummus & Veggies (dip carrot “chips” into hummus for a fun healthy snack – celery and bell peppers are delicious too)

12. Milk (add a glass of low fat milk to your snack to amp up the protein)

13. Cheese & Crackers (grab a low fat cheese stick and some whole wheat crackers for a quick and delicious snack)

14. Banana & Peanut Butter (delicious when paired together. Try topping a brown rice cake with peanut butter and banana to amp up your fiber intake)

15. Greek Yogurt (higher in protein than traditional yogurt. Top with fruit, low sugar granola, and/or nuts)

16. Grape & Cheese Skewers (cheese cubes and grapes on a tooth pick – fun & nutritious!)

17. Leftovers (a small portion of last nights dinner leftovers makes a great snack)

18. Protein Bar (look for low sugar, low fat)

19. Oatmeal cookies (add in nuts for more protein and use less sugar and fat – try these tips: Baking Smart

20. Quinoa (whole grain high in protein! Make a quinoa salad and snack on for a few days at a time try this recipe: Quinoa Salad

What are some snacks that you like to keep you full & focused throughout the day?

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