Never underestimate the importance of protein in your diet. This nutrient is one of the most essential for your body. Without enough of it in your system, many aspects of your health are affected. From tissue repair to boosting metabolism and building muscle mass, protein does an awful lot. So why is it that a third of us don’t get enough? It may have to do with the fact that protein rich foods are harder to grab and go…plus they are viewed as being higher in calories. If you need more protein in your diet, it’s time to look at your snack options. These 6 protein rich snacks are perfect for any time of day.
1) Cottage Cheese and Fruit
Did you know that cottage cheese is a good source of protein? Scoop half a cup into a small bowl and top it all off with some delicious fruit. Something like grapes, berries, or even banana slices can give this protein rich food an extra hint of flavour.
2) Homemade Trail Mix
The trail mixes you buy from the store tend to have a lot of chocolate and salty items. When you make it at home though, you can control exactly what goes in it – and the portion size. Add a small handful of mixed nuts like almonds and pistachios (which are great sources of protein) into your trail mix.
3) Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Mug
You can still have something sweet and get your protein in. Oats are a great source, so why not have a cookie mug? Yes, a cookie mug! Take a mug and put in ¼ cup of oats, 1 teaspoon of brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of flour, 1 egg white, ¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract and baking powder, a dash of cinnamon, and a tablespoon of raisins. Stir and flatten the mixture to the very bottom of the mug. Stick it in the microwave for 30-50 seconds and you’ve got yourself a delicious (and healthy) cookie.
4) Banana Rice Cake
Peanut butter isn’t just good. It is also a fantastic source of protein! So, grab a rice cake and top it off with a little bit of peanut butter. Then, add on some fresh banana slices to make it even healthier. It’s easy to make and enjoy!
5) Turkey Jerky
Okay, there are some high sodium jerky’s out there. To enjoy this protein rich snack (without totally destroying your weight loss goals), look for turkey jerky that is low in sodium or lightly flavoured. This snack is a great to-go option and can give you up to 9 grams of protein in each stick.
6) Pumpkin Seeds
At Halloween, you’re probably used to throwing these straight into the trash, but pumpkin seeds are an amazing source of protein. Half a cup has an astounding 14 grams of protein. Wash, dry, and roast for the most flavour. Then, simply throw them into a resealable bag. That way you can grab a snack wherever you’re headed.
There are so many ways to get more protein. Instead of reaching for candy bars and potato chips, try out some of these healthy snack ideas. They can help you eat better and even lose weight.