Today, sensible snacking is easier than ever, and there are plenty of ways to add protein without disrupting your schedule. A diet that’s rich in protein is important, because protein helps you stay satisfied longer, get more restful sleep, and of course, build muscle.
If you stay busy, that can make it harder to maintain a healthy diet. However, foods like beef jerky strips can be eaten on the go, and are usually low in fat while offering plenty of protein. The texture keeps your mouth busy, and the juices add some savoriness, too. (Note, beef jerky can contain a lot of preservatives so choose carefully)
Nuts are great, as well. In fact, a quarter cup of cashews contains as much as five grams of protein. Pistachios and walnuts are great choices, too. If you don’t like nuts by themselves, select a brand of trail mix that contains mostly nuts, but includes things like dried fruit, too.
Snacking at Work – Step AWAY from the Vending Machine!
For many people, time at work represents a portion of the day where they’re tempted to slip into a pattern of unhealthy eating. The urge gets even worse if you work in an office environment that has nearby vending machines or food carts.
Plan your workplace snacks in a flash by including a six ounce cup of low fat Greek yogurt. The thick texture is very satisfying, and since many grocery stores have a variety of flavor choices, you won’t have to get bored. Often, one serving of this type of yogurt has at least ten grams of protein.
If you’re not a huge fan of yogurt, but do like smooth food choices, try hummus. This blend of spreadable, mashed chickpeas has at least five grams of protein per one quarter cup, and if you pair the hummus with celery sticks or carrots, you can get some veggies, too.
Snacking is an important part of healthy nutrition and weight loss or maintenance. The right snacks can be nutritious and delicious. Happy snacking!