5 Ingredients or less high protein snack ideas for weight loss
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Can you snack and still lose weight? Yes, if you are a smart snacker. Try these quick and easy 5 ingredients or less high protein snack recipes.
Snacks such as chips and soda are high in fat and sugar. On the other hand, snacks such as a hard-boiled egg and Greek yogurt are high in protein which keeps you fuller longer. By promoting satiety, high protein snacks can help you lose weight. Another added plus to high protein snacks is that they do not cause sugar mood swings which other high carbohydrate snacks can do.
What is protein and why is it important in the body? When you think of protein, you might think of bodybuilders who need extra protein to build muscle. However, everyone needs protein to stay healthy. Protein is one of the foundational nutrients found in almost every cell in the body from hair, skin, nails, muscles, bones and internal organs. Protein can be found in both plant sources, such as nuts, beans and quinoa and animal sources, such as milk, meat and eggs. See Protein Foods Group Food Gallery to see pictures of other foods high in protein and recommended servings sizes.
Feeling full and satisfied is important in preventing overconsumption which leads to weight gain. Many studies have demonstrated that eating a high protein snack, compared to high fat or high carbohydrate snacks, in the afternoon, can increase the feeling of satiety and delay the consumption of dinner. People are surprised by how a small portion of a high protein snack can keep them satisfied longer. I often cannot finish a single-serve (5.3 oz or 150 g) container of Greek yogurt with a few nuts on top because I feel full so quickly!
Fun Fact: Greek yogurt contains twice as many grams of protein per serving than regular yogurt.
Most people have good intentions of packing or making a healthy snack. However, if you haven't done advanced snack planning, when your stomach starts rumbling with hunger pains, you often just grab and eat what is available, which is often not that healthy. You might grab those donuts in the breakroom or pick up fast food between school and soccer practice. We all know the consequences of not planning ahead when hunger strikes.
The key to successful snacking is preparing them ahead of time in the proper portion size, when you are not hungry. Aim for 8-10 grams of protein and less than 300 calories for high protein snacks for weight loss.
|Ambrosia Greek Treat||
|Meat & Cheese Roll Up||
|Peaches & Cottage Cheese||
In a small bowl, place:
|Open Face Hard-Boiled Egg Sandwich||
|Tuna in a Tomato||
|Hummus Pine Nuts Tortilla||
|Healthy Quick Pancakes at a Moments Notice||Enjoy this MyNetDiary high protein pancake recipe. Make extra and freeze in baggies for a quick snack.|
|Boulder Black Bean Salad||
Mix together in a medium bowl with a lid.
Tip: High protein snacks can help you manage your weight as well as blood sugars. Remember to choose the right snack or the snacking may never stop! High protein snacks for weight loss have 8-10 grams of protein and less than 300 calories.
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