It seems like these days, everyone is trying to reduce their carb intake for one reason or another. I am the queen of carbs! Being Italian, I could not imagine life without fresh pasta and bread. As a rule of thumb, I don’t believe in any diets that eliminate a food group; in my opinion that does not set someone up for success. Being someone who once weighed 30 lbs more than I do now, I can say that from experience. However, this article is not about dieting. My current fitness goals include increasing muscle mass and toning up. In order to achieve this, I do need to reduce my carbs and increase my protein intake. The most challenging for me is to find things that I can snack on the go that are NOT carbs. I’ve found some great healthy, high-protein options and want to share them with you. Whether you have your own fitness goals, or are looking for some inspiration for new items to snack on, you’re sure to like something on this list!
Greek yogurt – This is a great snack that packs 16 g of protein per serving! However, you need to be careful when selecting this to be sure you aren’t choosing ones that have the fruit on top that adds unwanted sugars to it. I found a brand called “Siggi’s” that I like a lot. They claim to have at least 25% Iess sugar than the top three leading brands and based on what I’ve seen I believe that to be true. I feel like it’s lower in sugar but still tastes good. I get the 0% usually in vanilla or raspberry but there are several flavors available. If I’m feeling fancy I’ll throw fresh fruit on top.
Almond flour crackers – I found these awesome crackers from Simple Mills that are made with almond flour and am in LOVE! They come in a few different flavors, but I like the Rosemary and Sea Salt. It’s also Vegan and Paleo friendly so it can be a good part of a variety of diets. While it’s not super high protein, it definitely is lower carb and the almond flour is a great alternative to regular crackers (less bloat for sure!)
Lenny & Larry’s Protein Cookie – This is the best find I have made since I began this fitness journey! I don’t know about you but I absolutely HATE protein bars. None of them taste really good to me. This, however is a soft, delicious COOKIE that has 16g of protein per serving! If you are on the go and know you won’t be able to eat for several hours, this snack will keep you satisfied! I had to take a road trip a while back and I knew it would be several hours before I would have the chance to eat. I ate one of these in the car and I felt fine for hours after! My only word of caution is that they are large cookies, and each package is actually 2 servings, so be careful. I usually eat half at a time unless I am in the road trip situation. My favorite flavors are the Lemon Poppy and Double Chocolate. Trust me, these taste too good to be true!
The Good Bean – Sometimes I crave something crunchy that I can sit and much on and satisfy my salt cravings. Usually, that means potato chips or something that is not healthy or high protein. I recently found the answer to this at my local Wegman’s! It’s called “The Good Bean” and it is basically a roasted chickpea with sea salt. Ingenious! You can eat them straight from the bag (which I do) or throw them in salads or soups. They come in a variety of flavors too such as: Cracked Pepper, Smoky Chili and Lime, Sweet Cinnamon, Thai Coconut Lemongrass, Mesquite BBQ, and Chocolate.
Nuts – This is the obvious go – to snack for protein, especially since nuts are so portable. The key is to not eat too many (very hard for me) because of the fat content. I try to portion them out beforehand or buy the proportioned 100 calorie packs (made by Emerald) of almonds or cashews so that I keep my portions in check.
So whatever your fitness goals are, I hope you got some inspiration for some new, healthy snack ideas! I’m always looking for new snack ideas, so I’d love to hear about your favorite snacks.