So, here’s the thing. I work from home. My kitchen is mere feet from my home office. I drink a lot of coffee and I snack…ALL. DAY. LONG. I try to be good and not keep junk in the house but sometimes (hello Valentine’s and Easter) it makes it’s way in. And then I eat it.
It is not good for my waist line.
Snacks can be the pitfall of any healthy diet. But keeping snacks with protein on hand is key to staying on track. Protein keeps me fuller longer and then I’m less likely to reach for those sugar laden snacks that scream my name. So rude.
Here are some snacks that I try to keep in my fridge or pantry:
Greek Yogurt – Plain is better (read: less sugar), but I need a little bit of flavor, so I grab vanilla.
Perfect Bars – These are my saving grace. It’s a protein bar found in the refrigerated section of your grocer (Kroger, Whole Foods, Sprouts, all carry them). My favorite thing to do is crumble one on top of Greek yogurt and throw in a banana. Delicious! They come in a variety of flavors, but peanut butter is my favorite.
1/2 a PB Perfect bar + 1/2 cup of Wallaby Greek Yogurt = 24g of protein
Chick peas – These are awesome roasted with different seasonings. You can use garlic or even chili powder. There are also a few pre-packaged bags that you can get at the grocery store, but it’s pretty easy just to make your own.
Pistachios – When I want a bit of salt, I go for these since it’s on the shell and not the actual nut. I love these and since it’s a process to open and consume them, it helps me not overeat.
Almonds – The trick to these is not to overeat. Take a serving out of the container and then put it away.
Nut Butter with Apples or Celery – This makes me feel like a kid again, but it really is the best snack.
Edamame with sea salt – I buy the frozen ones out of the shell and then zap them quickly in the microwave. Definitely a better option that chips!
Hard Boiled Eggs – These take some prep time but I’m always happy when I have some on hand. Easy to eat alone or throw in a quick salad.
Chocolate Milk – Not all chocolate milk is created equal! My favorite is Fairlife. It has 13g of protein and only 12g of sugar per serving. This is the perfect way to tame your sweet tooth and get in some extra protein.
PRO TIP: Chocolate milk makes an excellent post-workout recovery drink .
Some of these probably seem like no brainers, but I’m telling you, when you’re trying to think of a healthy option your brain stops working. It just does. That’s why you need helpful little blog posts like this one.
Now spill it, what are your favorite snacks with protein? I need all the ideas I can get.
Need more? Check out these healthy snack ideas.