When you’re always on the go, it’s important to snack smart in between meals. It’s easy to get your hands on sugar-filled treats or processed foods that provide little nutrition. Here are some high-protein snacks that are easy to take with you and will help nourish your body to keep you going.
Cheap and easy to prep, eggs are packed with essential vitamins and minerals as well as around 6g of protein but only come in at 78 calories each. They’re also extremely portable and one or two should hold you over.
A half-cup of cottage cheese contains 14g of protein. Feel free to toss in some fruit or nuts for even more flavor and nutrition. Cottage cheese is also high in casein, which is a slower-burning protein than whey. It’s a good late-night snack that will keep feeding your muscles after you’re asleep.
An ounce of almonds (20-24 whole nuts) will net you 6g of protein along with Vitamin E and healthy fats. Be sure to avoid the flavored varieties as sugar is pretty high up in their ingredients list. Roasted and salted is about as complicated as you want to get with these.
Peanut butter has long been a go-to for portable protein and for good reason. Just 2 Tbsp of natural peanut butter serves up 8g of protein. When choosing a jar, stick with the “natural” varieties and make sure there aren’t any added sugars or fats. You can even find powdered peanut butter that has less fat but the same protein amount.
Tuna is another cheap protein-packed snack. You can eat it by itself or on top of whole wheat crackers. Go for the cans packed in water to avoid extra calories from the oil-packed varieties. You can also get tuna in pouches that are even easier to take with you. The pouches will get you 17g of protein for just 70 calories!
Chickpeas are cheap (less than a dollar for a can) and full of fiber and protein. Roasting them turns them into a crunchy snack that is very portable and satisfying. One cup will provide you with 14.5g of protein and 12.5 grams of fiber.
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