5 PROTEIN RICH SNACK IDEAS
Do you find yourself nibbling in between meals or throughout the day? Are you nibbling on foods that you know are not the best but they’re available so you grab it anyway? The keyword here is available. As you plan your day, be prepared and have healthy and enjoyable high protein snacks on hand! Why high in protein? Foods that are high in protein will keep you satisfied and feeling full. Protein is also the building blocks of muscle and our objective is to always build muscle & burn fat!
Here are 5 easy high protein snacks to keep you satisfied throughout your day!
#1. TRAIL MIX
The best part of trail mixes is that you can custom create your own to satisfy your needs! Choose your favorite nuts and seeds (raw & unsalted), add raisins, dried apricot, craisins and/or shredded unsweetened coconut flakes. Shake together and use a ¼ measuring cup and place into little containers or snack plastic bags! Portioning out your snacks allows you to make sure you’re eating the correct size amount and helps prep you so you have enough to last you throughout the week!
#2. NO BAKE 5 INGREDIENT ENERGY BALLS
These energy balls are full of complex carbs, healthy fat and protein! In addition, they feel as though you are eating a cookie but you’re not! I highly recommend these for your grab-and-go options. They take minutes to make and can be enjoyed at any time of the day!
Ingredients (24 balls):
1 ¾ Cup Raw Oats
¾ Cup Natural Peanut or Almond Butter
1/3 Cup Local Honey
¼ Cup Chia Seeds
85% or above Dark Chocolate (Recommend: Green & Black)
In a bowl, blend together all the above ingredients. Warning, this get sticky! Rinse your hands with medium/warm water and use a hefty tablespoon to portion out your balls. Use palm of your hands in circular motion to create the energy balls! Place into a zip lock bag or container and place in the refrigerator for consumption! It’s as easy as that!
#3. SEASONED EDAMAME
Did you know, 1 cup of edamame has 17g of protein, 15g of carbs and 8g of fat. Making this snack nutritious and keeping you full! These are highly addictive due to their crunch texture! So, if you’re a texture person (like myself), these are for you!
16oz Frozen Edamame
1 Teaspoon Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
Optional: ½ Tablespoon Parm Cheese
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Blend all ingredients together and spread on lined baking sheet with parchment paper.
Bake for about 15 minutes or until edamame is crispy! Make sure to watch this and stir 2-3 times throughout the 15 minutes to get an even crisp.
#4. ANTS ON A LOG