Selecting a high protein snack is the ideal way to ensure you up your nutrition intake and stay fuller for longer. Minimise the need to reach for sugar-laden treats mid-afternoon with one of these eleven high protein options.
Trail mix is the ideal snack to consume on the go. Make your own at home with a mixture of various nuts, seeds and dried fruit (for added sweetness). A handful of almonds on their own (or another nut of choice) is another easy way to increase your protein consumption. They also contain high amounts of Vitamin E, riboflavin, trace minerals and healthy fats. Likewise, pumpkin seeds are high in protein, magnesium, zinc, fibre, polyunsaturated fats and antioxidants. Take 1/4 cup and eat raw or roast with your favourite seasonings.
Tuna is easily tote-able in single-serve-sized portions with a range of flavours to choose between. Benefit from the additional B vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids. In the same vein, hard-boiled eggs are simple to prepare, versatile, and keep you full throughout the day. Small servings of cheese slices are high in protein, calcium, phosphorous and selenium. Consume in moderation, but enjoy!
Hummus and veggies are a match made in (protein) heaven. Consume nutrient-dense vegetables with a 1/3 cup serving of hummus. Edamame can be purchased frozen; benefit from the quality intake of vitamin K and folate. Peanut butter and celery sticks are another brilliant pairing to increase protein. Take 1-2 tablespoons of peanut butter and spread.
Protein shakes are a go-to for simple consumption. Simply select your preferred powder – from whey, egg white, soy or pea alternatives – and mix with milk or water. To add extra bulk, consider a mass gainer. Protein bars also come with various benefits – either make your own or purchase a high-quality snack in-store.