My Favorite High Protein Snacks
High protein snacks for women
to help increase metabolism naturally!
Here’s a few of my favorite protein snacks for women.
While I was putting together my
list of high protein foods,
I thought it would be helpful to also offer ideas for good protein snacks for women too.
One of the best ways to increase metabolism is to eat protein with every meal – of course that also includes the high protein snacks in between meals too.
So I sat down and made a list of (for the first time) my favorite high protein, low carb foods…high protein, low calorie foods…and the high protein foods that I have personally found to make good high protein snacks.
High protein foods are natural metabolism boosters and a great way to burn bellyfat, so ditch the donuts, the soda pop and the candy bar snacks and enjoy some of these high protein snacks instead.
My favorite high protein snacks are quick, (because I like fast) easy to prepare (because I’m not a cook by ANY stretch of the imagination) and most travel well too (if I can take it with me, I'm less inclined to give into temptation for the sake of speed or convenience).
I usually prepare my high protein snacks beforehand then divide them into 1 serving size portions and keep them in the refrigerator where they’re easily accessible any time.
When you compare high protein foods to high carbohydrate foods, the fat-burning effect from high protein foods can be up to 40% greater!
So, consider adding some of these high protein snacks and foods to your weight loss diet menu.
What have you got to lose? Nothing, except some excess bellyfat perhaps!
MY FAVORITE HIGH PROTEIN SNACKS
Here’s my personal high protein snacks list:
Prograde ® Cravers™ Nutritional Bars
Ladies, not only do these nutrition bars taste great, they're addictive! I love that they're only 180 calories per 40 g. bar and provide 4 gms. of protein and 3 grams of healthy fiber in each bar. Cravers™ Nutrition Bars are also naturally sweetened, contain 0 trans fats and are made using NO preservatives.
My favorite flavor is peanut butter, but you can also get them in almond butter and spirulina flavor! Prograde’s® Cravers™ are definitely the best tasting nutritional bars I’ve tried...and I’ve tried many!
I like to carry one in my purse too for when I’m on the go – they travel really well...just keep them off your car dashboard on a really hot day! Great high protein snacks!
Prograde® Protein Powder™
Protein powder isn’t just for athletes and bodybuilders. I put this in everything! It contains 24 gms. of low temperature, micro-filtered, ion-exchanged whey protein isolates. In a nutshell, it’s one of the purest and highest quality protein supplements available.
Prograde® Protein™ is naturally sweetened with stevia and contains only 2 g. of carbs per scoop (31 g.) serving - so it’s also low glycemic. Just mix 1 scoop with 6-8 oz. of water. You can even use it in cooking!
No kidding....I suggest you try their recipe for
“Amazing Apple Cinnamon Pancakes”.
Add 1/2 scoop of vanilla protein powder to 1/2 C. of plain, low fat yogurt for a great tasting high protein snack.
Throw in 1/4 C. of fresh/frozen berries OR 4-5 chopped almonds too. Excellent high protein snack!
Add ½ - 1 scoop of protein powder to your morning oatmeal:
It doesn’t sound great, I know...but give it a try...you’ll be pleasantly surprised!
Vanilla/Orange Whey Protein shake :
For an occasional treat when I’m mixing a protein shake, I'll replace 6 - 8 oz. of water with 100% orange juice (not from concentrate). Personally I find that the orange juice mixed with vanilla flavored whey protein tastes like a Creamsicle!
Hard boiled eggs (whole or whites only) :
I boil several at once and keep them in the refrigerator so I always have one available to snack on. You can also add them to a salad or have them on a slice of whole grain bread.
Egg whites with hummus :
A high protein version of deviled eggs! Pop out the yolk and replace with 2-3 tbsp. of low fat hummus. Hummus is a spread made with high protein chick peas, lemon juice and seasoning and tastes great on eggs. Look for low fat versions.
Egg white omelet with salsa on a slice thinly sliced rye – yum!
If you really can’t stand not to have the yolk, then just add 1 yolk to 2-3 egg whites...sometimes I enjoy it that way too. Add a tbp. of salsa in the center, then fold to make an omelet. Be sure to use coconut oil too!
I originally found this recipe in Muscle & Fitness Magazine and added my own twist. It makes a great high protein snack. You can even have it for lunch served on 1 or 2 slices of Eziekel or whole grain bread.
High Protein Egg Salad
- 2 hard-boiled egg
- 1 hard-boiled egg white
- 2 tsp. Spectrum ® Organic Canola mayonnaise*
- Alfalfa sprouts (optional)
Mash the eggs together with canola mayonnaise.
I use boston lettuce leaves and add some of the egg salad in the center, then a pinch of alfalfa sprouts along the top, and roll it all up. Yum!
*Spectrum ® Organic Canola mayonnaise is made with canola oil and is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and healthy monounsaturated fats.
Nutrition Facts: 239 calories, 16 g protein, 2 g carbs, 17 g fat
Lean turkey breast, chicken breast or roast beef slices and low fat cheese cubes :
Wrap a slice of lean deli meat like turkey or chicken breast or roast beef, around a small cube of low fat cheese. You can even melt them a little in a microwave or oven.
The Laughing Cow ® (light) cheese wedge on a slice of whole grain bread or crackers :
You can add alfalfa sprouts, thinly sliced cucumbers, shredded lettuce or any of the lean deli meats I've mentioned above on top.
These individually wrapped little cheese wedges are low fat, high protein, low calorie, low carb foods that are delicious! Two portions (33 g) contain only 45 calories, 4 g. Protein, 2.5 g. fat and 0 carbs...great high protein, low carb foods.
Handful of almonds (about 8 – 10 almonds) with a piece of dark, organic chocolate :
I love the taste of almonds with chocolate together. Usually I pop an almond into my mouth followed by a small piece of chocolate, then chew them together.
Heavenly…especially while you’re sipping on a hot cup of coffee or espresso! Dark, organic chocolate is full of anti-oxidants too.
Celery sticks with nut butter (peanut butter, almond butter) :
The best way to carry this snack with you is to cut up celery sticks (in a plastic bag) and put a 2 tablespoon portion of peanut butter in a small container. I used to find it too easy to over eat nut butters, so I always measure out my 2 tbs. portion and set it aside - problem solved!
Apple slices or banana with 2 tbsp. nut butter (peanut butter or almond butter) :
If it’s early in the day, I’ll eat the banana. Bananas are high glycemic index foods and are best eaten earlier in the day. If it’s later in the evening, I’ll eat the apple slices – they’re low glycemic and can be eaten any time.
Roasted, unsalted soy nuts :
Most health food stores carry this product and I’ve even seen it in some larger grocery food chains. I portion out about ½ cup and keep them in small plastic bags for high protein snacks on the go.
Roasted almonds :
Bake raw almonds for 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees and divide them up into 1 serving size portions. One portion consists of 10 – 12 toasted almonds. Toasted almonds are a high protein snacks that taste wonderful when lightly roasted.
Nuts are high protein foods, but they’re also high calorie foods, so exercise portion control by splitting up 1 portion sizes beforehand – that way you won’t mindlessly pick at them and end up eating 50 almonds when you only meant to eat 10-12!
1/2 C. Low fat Yogurt or Cottage Cheese with frozen fruit or nuts :
Add your own blueberries, strawberries, or almond slivers to low fat, plain yogurt. It’s especially nice when berries are in season, but you can also use frozen berries too – just thaw them out first.
You can also substitute the berries with 1 tbsp. of slivered almonds too.
Don’t forget to sprinkle some cinnamon on top – Cinnamon is one of those great natural metabolism boosters!
1/2 C. Low fat Ricotta with fruit :
Almost any fruit goes great with low fat ricotta. I stick to low glycemic index fruits and berries like whole strawberries, blueberries or apple slices. High protein, low calorie too.
Almond butter on whole grain rye crackers or pumpernickel squares:
Portion out 2 tbsp. of almond butter (or peanut butter) and spread over 4 or 5 whole grain rye crackers or 1 ½” x 1 ½” pumpernickel squares. You can buy small pumpernickel/rye squares in loafs in most grocers – they’re very dense and nutty tasting.
Smoked salmon rolls :
Roll up pieces of smoked salmon in lettuce leaves. You can put them on 4 or 5 whole grain rye crackers or pumpernickel squares too. Water packed Sardines with a squeeze of lemon juice (also high protein foods) work well too.
Beef Jerky :
You can buy beef jerky or make your own if you’re inclined, but do watch the salt content of these high protein snacks as many tend to be high in salt content.
A handful of raw veggies (red pepper, celery, broccoli) with ½ cup hummus. Dip your vegetables in the hummus. Enjoy!
A handful of raw veggies and 2 hard boiled eggs.
2 C of lightly steamed broccoli with 1 oz. of low fat cheddar cheese melted on top.
Did you know that 2 cups of broccoli provides 10 grams of protein? By adding an ounce of low fat cheddar you’re now up to 17 grams of protein!
As a great source of soy protein steam and enjoy 1 C of edamame with a pinch of sea salt sprinkled on top for a total of 28 grams of protein.
High protein salad anyone?
Sprinkle sesame seeds on all your salads (and stir fries) for an added protein boost. Add 1 tbsp. of slivered almonds or 6-7 walnuts to your salads too.
Nuts and seeds are an excellent protein source and should be included in most of your high protein snacks!
Home Made High Protein Bars Recipe here!
Prograde’s High Protein Snacks & Meal Recipes here!
I do hope you try out some of these high protein snacks and maybe even create a few of your own!
Take a look at the list of high protein foods below for some of your own ideas for high protein snacks!
High Protein Meals for Belly Fat Loss
A List of High Protein Foods
The Power of Whey Protein for Fat Loss
Weight Loss Recipes Resource Page
Protein for Weight Loss Success
High Protein Recipes for Weight Loss
More High Protein Recipes here!
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