We all want (need) a snack from time to time to get us to our next meal. Let’s be honest, sometimes your snack becomes your meal on a particularly busy day. Instead of hitting up the vending machine or break room doughnuts, try these protein-focused snacks for all taste buds that are all sure to satisfy. Protein keeps you feeling fuller longer and aids in the rebuilding of muscle tissue. We all could use more and better protein options to replace the typical snacks we crave.
If snacking automatically means salt to you, you might just love roasted garbanzo beans. Just 1 cup of these fun little beans packs a protein punch of nearly 40 grams! Try roasting them in a low oven for approximately 30 minutes until they are slightly dried and leathery looking. The sky is the limit on seasonings. Herbs, lemon zest, paprika, or a creation of your own can always bring some fun, salty flavour to snack time.
The options are endless for store-bought or homemade protein bars and balls. In flavours from chocolate chip cookie dough to peanut butter fudge, you can make or buy some delicious protein packed sweet treats to keep your day going strong. Shoot for making or buying bars that have around 20 grams of protein. Find one or more of your you favorites to keep handy for the next time hunger hits you unexpectedly.
So a little decadence is what you crave come snack time? Try a serving of cottage cheese which has almost 20 grams of protein. The creamy, rich cheese satisfies the need for feeling indulgent. Cottage cheese pairs perfectly with sweet, juicy fruits like peaches, pineapples, and mangoes. For a little extra indulgence, try mixing in a spoonful of fruit preserves or honey.
If it’s the crunch you crave, try making some trail mix consisting of your favorite nuts, seeds, and dried fruits. For extra crunchy satisfaction you can mix in mini pretzels or specialty protein chips made from edamame or other beans. Remember some of the most protein packed nuts and seeds are almonds, peanuts, pistachios, and pumpkin seeds.