If there’s one thing that can really send a diet to hell, its snacks. Most of us don’t have any issues with eating a healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner but it’s the meals in between that can really mess up our diets. The cravings for something sweet, salty or crunchy can have us reaching for the nastiest of junk foods full of hydrogenated oils, sugars, preservatives and empty calories. Do yourself a favor and instead of reaching for the crap, eat these nutritious protein snacks which will help to keep you full and also will help to build those big sexy muscles.
Of course, this had to be the first on the list. Protein powders have come a long way and today you can find one for just about every kind of diet. There’s vegan, beef and dairy proteins and thankfully, they don’t taste as bad as they used to. Protein powders are great because you can use them in a number of ways. You can add them to juices, milk or water to drink. You can add them in to oatmeal, pancakes or some baked goods to increase their protein content and you can also make a spread (think Nutella) by combining protein powder with just a little bit of water until it reaches a gooey consistency. Most protein powders contain 25grams of protein at only 130 calories.
Baked chicken nuggets
Chicken nuggets are a delicious, crunchy and salty snack food that just about everyone loves, specially kids. Instead of getting the unhealthy stuff from the fast food restaurants, make your own. Just cut up a chicken breast into little pieces, dip it in to a mixture of beaten egg and water and then cover them with almond flour (or oat four), salt, pepper and your favorite spices. Bake in the oven at 400F for 12-15 minutes, turning half way.
Who doesn’t love peanut butter? People with peanut allergies that’s who! Well in that case just have almond (or any other nut) butter. Peanut butter is high in protein and good healthy fats which help to keep you and your hormones healthy and satisfied. Peanut butter is, however, high in calories so use sparingly. TIP: If you like to eat peanut butter just off the spoon, store it in the fridge. The texture becomes much more enjoyable. 50g of peanut butter contains 13 grams of protein at 300 calories.
You might have heard that popcorn is really unhealthy and bad for you. Well that’s wrong. Yes, those microwave and ready to eat varieties are horrible but real popcorn is incredibly good for you, the kind that you pop yourself on the stove, or an air popper. Buy organic if you want an even healthier snack. Pop a 100g of kernels in a pan with 1tbsp of peanut oil and enjoy with some salt and/or butter. Popcorn is high in protein, fiber and anti-oxidants, making it a perfect and filling snack. 100g contains 370 calories with 12 grams of protein and 14 grams of fiber.