As blurrier as it gets, the line between snacking and meals, it is increasingly important to pick high protein snacks that are more filling and leave you so till long. Bygone are the days of three square meals, ‘sanctification’ is the new trend. In this ever-busy lifestyle, consumers look for food on the go and nutritious at the same time.
Nutritious grab-and-go meals are the food of the future. The super winning formula to keep you full for longer is to switch from normal snacks to protein-rich and fiber-rich snacks. Your body then breaks down the consumed protein into amino acid components and afterward does some rebuilding to assemble protein you can utilize.
Below are 13 easy healthy high protein snacks idea to keep you high on protein throughout the day
1. Classic peanut, butter and jam.
It is always safe to play with the classic butter and jam with a twist of peanut or almond. Take a whole wheat slice of bread and spread it with a tablespoon of peanut or almond butter and a teaspoon of natural jam with no added sugar. Voila! You just downsized the legendary lunch-box snack into healthy high protein snacks with approximately 7.9 grams of protein.
2. Assorted nuts mix
Who doesn’t like a surprise! Put together miscellaneous nuts in a ziplock packet and keep it in your bag. whenever you feel like munching on something, go in and get ready for any nut to surprise you! Make a bag of about 13 grams of protein by adding about 10 almonds (3 grams protein), 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds (5 grams protein), about 25 pistachios (3 grams protein), about 7 walnut halves (2 grams protein) and sprinkle some salt to throw in some flavor.
3. Pumpkin seeds
Like any nuts pumpkin seeds are a great source of protein. As good the flesh is, so are the seeds. One tablespoon of pumpkin seeds contains two grams of protein. They are also a rich source of Omega-3 which is unsaturated fat.
The easiest way to enjoy these delicious seeds is to roast them slightly in olive oil and curry powder with salt to taste. Your easy food on the go is ready to be relished.
4. Protein roll
When that mid-afternoon hunger strikes, pull out your protein roll that is super easy to make.
Cheese, lots of cheese like they say, there can be never enough cheese. Wrap it in a whole wheat tortilla with chicken chunks or boiled egg, sprinkle some salt or any other spices of your choice and carry it with you.
5. Hummus dip
Prepare some hummus in advance, put it in a small container with a lid, cut some carrots and cucumber into spears and enjoy your dip with this healthier version of finger chips.
6. Greek yogurt
Pump up your dose of protein by switching to greek yogurt from ordinary yogurt. It is easy to carry and relishing in your tongue. 1 serving of Greek yogurt contains 20 grams of protein.
7. Roasted chickpeas
Chickpeas have so much more to offer than just hummus. These protein-rich beans are delicious when you cook them first and then roast them with a little oil and some spices and your superfood is ready to be enjoyed in its simplest and crunchiest form.
8. Protein bombs
This is easy to make and great in taste. It tastes like desserts but you can eat them anywhere and anytime. All you need is nut butter that acts as a binder and base taste, choco chips, and dry fruits. Mix them all well in a bowl and make the mixture into balls. Refrigerate them for an hour and carry them with you.
9. Yeast sprinkled popcorn
For all the vegans out there, air-popped popcorn sprinkled with nutritional yeast is a good choice of protein-rich snack. Plain popcorn can be a healthy snack choice and especially when sprinkled with nutritional yeast, it provides you with the protein you need, Vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. What better food on the go can be than nutty cheesy tasting popcorn.
10. Banana Protein milkshake
Blend a glass of milk with 1 banana along with a tablespoon of whey protein powder and pour it in your cup-to-go. Enjoy sipping on this delicious drink while driving, walking or just sitting at the back seat of your car while enjoying the drive.
11. Hard-boiled eggs
What can be better than this classic source of protein? One egg contains 6 grams of protein. They are low in calories and rich in other important vitamins and minerals. The white of the egg is almost exclusively protein.
12. Peanut buttercups
Peanut buttercups are yum in taste and have a lot of nutritional value and made with all things nice. Required ingredients include peanut butter, cocoa powder, honey, coconut oil and rock salt.
For the chocolate base, use a utensil to mix peanut butter, 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder, 2.5 tablespoons of melted coconut oil and 2 tablespoons honey. Stir well till creamy and keep aside.
For the top layer mix 1/3rd cup of natural peanut butter, 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil, 2 tablespoon honey and a pinch of rock salt. Stir well, keep aside.
Take muffin cups, pour the lower base of chocolate first, refrigerate it for an hour or so. After the chocolate has rested well, bring it out, now pour the upper base and refrigerate it again. When you have got both the layers rested well one upon another, pack them in tiffin and carry them with you for whenever you need to satiate your sweet tooth.
13. Peanut butter oats ball
Another snack time favorite for most health-conscious people is peanut butter oats ball. All goodness packed in these balls not only is a recipe for a protein-rich snack but also a great source of energy. These mini energy balls are easy to prepare. You will need
½ cup rolled oats(40 g)
1 tablespoon honey
⅓ cup peanut butter(80 g)
1 tablespoon dark chocolate chip, optional
salt, to taste
To prepare, mix all ingredients in a utensil and let it chill in the refrigerator for 30 mins. Now use your hands to roll them into small balls and enjoy on your way to work or college.
These are a few snacking time protein-rich superfood that you will never say no to. Be it while driving or anywhere on the go, these snacks are going to be your ‘not-so-sinful-indulgences’.