10+ High Protein Snack Ideas To For Weight Loss
If you want to stay on track with your weight loss goals, then you know you need to eat at least three well balanced meals and two to three healthy snacks per day to keep your metabolism burning in high gear. Whether it’s pre-workout, post-workout or just a small bite in the middle of the afternoon, one of the best ways to guarantee that a snack will keep you satisfied is to make sure it’s low carb and filled with a healthy boost of protein. Eating protein increases the body’s production of hunger-fighting hormones, which explains why high-protein snacks are so great at blocking off hunger. But have no fear —that doesn’t mean you have to rely on protein bars, hard-boiled eggs and blah-tasting meal replacement shakes. My goal is to show you that you don’t have to be miserable and suffer when trying to eat healthy and lose weight. You CAN actually eat some scrumptious food that will help you reach your goal.
Just to give you an idea, I have rounded up 10 healthy, filling and delicious snacks with at least five grams of protein. Enjoy!
1. Beef Jerky — Beef jerky can be a delicious and portable low-carb snack, but some off-the-shelf jerky has more carbs than you would expect. I have found that Old Wisconsin Beef Snack Sticks are delicious and SUPER low in carbohydrates.
2. Veggies and Dip — Veggies and dip is a quick snack that you can take on the go. I love carrots, cucumbers or celery. Be sure to avoid “low-fat” dressings as they usually have more carbohydrates than full-fat dressing. Be sure to have a few small, travel-safe containers on hand so that you can bring dressing or dip on-the-go.
3. Quest Bars!!! — I know I said I wouldn’t bring up protein bars, but pardon my excitement … I CAN’T HELP IT! These bars are the bomb not only in taste, but in nutritional value. In searching for the ultimate low-carb snack bar, I finally found it. 3-4g of net carbs per bar, no sugar or sugar alcohols, and an amazing taste. My favorites are Cinnamon Roll and Apple Pie.
4. Pepperoni Slices — Pepperoni sliced up can be a great snack by itself, and it gets even more delicious when you pair it with cheese! Be sure to keep an eye on calories, as they can really add up with these types of snacks. Be sure to get grass fed, hormone/antibiotic free.
5. Cold Cuts and Cheese Roll-Ups — Quick and easy: simply wrap ham, turkey, roast beef or your favorite lunch meat around a slice of your favorite cheese for a quick low-carb snack. This is TOTALLY my go-to snack! Turkey with cheese and salami is my favorite! Once again …hormone/antibiotic free!
6. Peanuts — Peanuts are definitely a smart and tasty choice around 3g of net carbs and 10 grams of protein for a quarter of a cup. Satisfies the hunger, low in carbs, filled with protein and OH SO YUM!
7. Almonds — Almonds are a great snack choice for dieters with under 2.5g of net carbs for a quarter of a cup. Be sure to get no salt!
8. String Cheese — Simple and easy, string cheese is a great snack on its own or paired with a couple slices of pepperoni. Don’t forget to buy the full-fat versions — “low-fat” usually just means more unhealthy fillers and more carbohydrates!
9. Celery with Peanut Butter or Cream Cheese — As we all know, celery is a negative calorie snack. When you pair it with a topping like peanut butter or cream cheese (no low fat), it makes for a delicious and satiating snack.
10. Pork Rinds — Lowery's are the BEST. I love the Hot N’ Spicy flavor, but Original is quite good as well, depending on your taste. Microwaveable pork rinds might sound a bit strange at first, but they’re shockingly tasty and probably the best way to get that crunchy, salty snack that can be hard to attain on a low-carb diet without potato chips and crackers.
Pro tip: you can make some killer pork rind nachos, and you can even crumple them up and use them as faux-breadcrumbs to fry chicken in.
Egg Salad with lettuce wrap
Tuna Salad Wrap
(2-4) Slices of bacon
You’re welcome for those extras, by the way!
Yes I know a lot of these ideas are scrumptious, but keep in mind they are SNACKS, people, so portion control is key.
Once again, I am proving that dieting does not have to SUCK! You can eat yummy food while trying to reach your goal. You just need to learn what is and is not healthy food. Figure out what you do and do not like… And then put your meal plan together from there.