Nov 26, 2014

10 Healthy and High-Protein Snacks

Eating a high protein snack increases energy and won't be followed by an energy crash like with high carb, sugary snacks. This can help those hitting the gym improve their workout or even help with muscle restoration after exercising. Protein also makes people feel fuller for longer periods, which makes it easier to stick to a diet for those wanting to lose weight. Below are ten healthy, high protein snacks.

1. Hard Boiled Eggs
Eggs are a great way to get a healthy dose of protein. Those on-the-go may want to boil eggs the night before and peel off the skin leaving them in a container for easy transport the next day. Those concerned with calories or their cholesterol may only want to eat the egg whites although they'll miss out on some nutrients.

2. Mixed Nuts
Nuts are full of protein and nutrients especially walnuts, hazelnuts and almonds. Several studies have shown that eating nuts reduces the risk of heart disease. Those concerned about their health may want to eat a small bag of nuts next time hunger strikes.

3. Bhuja Snacks Original Mix
Sometimes it's easier to grab a packaged snack such as the Bhuja Snacks original mix rather than make a meal. This delicious snack of noodles, peas, sultanas and peanuts is full of protein and fiber. It's also gluten free and certified non-GMO to ensure a healthy product unlike many packaged snacks.

4. Bhuja Snacks Cracker Mix
Another great packaged snack by Majans is the cracker mix. This mouthwatering snack includes rice crackers, multigrain noodles, chickpeas, green peas and peanuts, and it's a great source of both protein and fiber. Like all products from the company, it's also gluten free.

5. Grapes and Cheese

Grapes and cheese are another great snack to combine together. Cheddar cheese is a good choice since it's lower in calories than most cheeses and pairs excellently with green grapes. It's important to remember to not overdo the cheese though.

6. Protein Bars
Protein bars are another easy snack to grab on the go. However, people should be attentive to nutritional labels and ensure the protein bar they choose actually has vitamins, protein and nutrients --or else a person might as a well eat a candy bar.

7. Protein Shake
Like protein bars, protein shakes are a great way to get a quick source of protein, but people should be wary about nutritional labels and choose low calorie, nutrient packed shakes and use two percent milk.

8. Beef Jerky
Beef jerky is a great snack between meals. It's high in protein and won't raise insulin levels that trigger the body to store fat. Although it gets a bad reputation for being high in calories, one average serving has over nine grams of protein.

9. Banana and Peanut Butter Milkshake
For those with a blender, blending one medium sized banana, a tablespoon of peanut butter, one cup of two percent milk and one cup of ice makes for a great protein snack after a workout to help the muscles recover.

10. Greek Yogurt and Berry Parfait
Plain Greek yogurt combined with half a cup of berries and one tablespoon of almonds is a delicious way to get a great source of protein and nutrients.

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