Busy woman are always looking for nutritious snacks to eat when they are on the go. Unfortunately, many of you end up grabbing high-carb, high-fat and low-protein convenience store snacks, which are terrible nutritional choices.
If you’re one of the many woman simply looking for some high protein alternative nutritious snack ideas, read on: The following 11 high-protein snacks require little preparation and are generally low in both carbohydrates and fat.
- Beef jerky or my favorite Turkey jerky
Believe it or not, this old classic is actually a healthy choice. On average, one ounce contains about 70 calories and one gram of fat, but delivers 11 grams of protein. However, the brands sold in convenience stores are often high in salt. If you’d like beef jerky to be one of your high-protein snack options, look for healthier versions in health food stores.
- Egg whites
One egg white has only 15 calories, is fat- and cholesterol-free and contains four grams of protein. Throw two or three in a cup and microwave. (with some peppers and onions if you want to make an omelet) for a quick, nutritious mini-meal. Or make some Protein Egg Muffin cups for a quick grab and go. Yum!
- Cottage cheese and fruit
A half cup of 2% cottage cheese contains on average 16 grams of protein, yet only has 102 calories and two grams of fat (as opposed to other types of cheese, which can be extremely high in fat). If high protein isn’t your ideal goal, then mix it with some fresh fruit for a fast, healthy snack.
- One-to-two ounces of dry or honey-roasted soy nuts Soy Nuts are really roasted soy beans, they are not nuts at all. A one ounce serving has four (4) grams of fat of which three (3) grams are unsaturated fats. A serving may contain 120 calories, but it has over 10 grams of protein.
- Protein bars
Although there are hundreds of varieties on the market, keep in mind that all protein bars are not created equal. Obviously, protein bars should be a high-protein snack, but be careful and avoid bars that are high in carbohydrates and fat. Good choices are Kashi GoLean Crunchy Bars (or roll bars), Kellogg’s Special K Protein Meal Bar, Powerbar Protein Plus.
Tuna is a great source of protein with approximately 25 grams per can. Plus, one can of tuna in water contains approximately 111 calories and is fat-free. And hey, go easy on the mayonnaise if you’re making a sandwich — it’s full of fat. I like the flavored tuna that come in tiny tins that don’t need a can opener.
As with protein bars, many commercial protein shakes and powders can be high in carbohydrates. 2 good choices are Bolthouse Farm Chai Tea Smoothie, Odwalla Super Protein Mango Smoothies.
- Chocolate Soy Milk
- Nuts and Seeds – such as sunflower or pumpkin seeds, are a rich protein source, at 6 to 9g of protein per ounce.
Baby Bel Cheese or another low calorie cheese – this is very high in calcium as well.
- Home-made protein snacks - here is 13 suggestions just for you.
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