Healthy Eating

The Top 7 Protein-Rich Snacks To Curb Cravings

Plus, two recipes to curb cravings.

By: Rebecca Jacobs

Snacks often get a bad rap, but they aren’t always bad. In fact, protein-rich snacks can actually serve as a really great tool to keep your body full and nourished between meals, helping prevent those afternoon sugar cravings and to keep blood sugar levels balanced. 

Looking to make that mid-day snack healthier, more delicious, and filling? Try these seven delicious protein-rich snacks. 

RELATED: The Top 7 Post Workout Snacks (+ 3 Recipes) 

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#1 Full-Fat Unsweetened Greek Yogurt 

Greek yogurt is jam-packed with protein. In fact, you’ll pack in nearly 20 grams (depending on the brand) per cup! Not too shabby for a midday snack. 

So, grab a cup and enjoy some full-fat unsweetened Greek yogurt with some fresh berries and a drizzle of honey for the ultimate protein-rich snack. 

Pro Tip: This also makes an amazing post-workout treat to refuel those tired muscles! 

#2 Nuts & Seeds

Nuts and seeds are another really easy on-the-go option when looking for protein-rich snacks to help keep you full, your blood sugar stable, and cravings at bay. Keeping some nuts stocked in your pantry to grab and go will also make it less likely that you’ll reach for something not so healthy when hunger strikes. 

It all comes down to being prepared with healthier snack options to keep those cravings at bay and nourish your body with the foods it needs to thrive. 

Here are some of the healthiest nuts and seeds to always have in stock to enjoy when those snack cravings come on: 

  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Walnuts
  • Pistachios 
  • Macadamia nuts 
  • Pumpkin seeds 

Having some unsweetened nut butter on hand is also always a great idea. You can snack on some sliced banana with almond butter or reach for an apple with peanut butter when you need something healthy in a pinch. 

#3 Healthy Protein Shakes 

Ditch the artificially flavored protein shakes, and make a healthy version to nourish your body, keep you full, and keep cravings at bay. 

Here’s a delicious way to fuel up on wholesome protein-rich foods all blended up into one easy to make and super delicious smoothie. 

Cookies & Cream Protein Shake 

Ingredients

  • 1 scoop JS Health X FitOn Protein Powder Cookies & Cream flavor 
  • 2 tbsp shredded coconut
  • 1 Medjool date, pitted
  • ½ frozen banana, sliced
  • 3 tbsp oats, rolled
  • 1 cup almond milk, or milk of choice
  • 1 cup ice cubes

Step #1: Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.

Step #2: Serve in a tall glass and top with a sprinkle of toasted coconut flakes, if using.

#4 Hummus 

Hummus is a plant-based dream snack that can be enjoyed with so many different things. From using it as a dip for sliced veggies to using hummus as your spread for a veggie burger or sandwich, you really can’t go wrong. 

Hummus happens to be rich in protein and fiber, making it a great snack option that is sure to nourish your body and keep you feeling fueled to power through your day. 

#5 Turkey or Chicken Roll-ups 

Ditch the carb-heavy sandwich bread, and enter the easiest way to snack on the go. Turkey or chicken roll-ups can be made with organic, chicken, or turkey meat and rolled up with sliced avocado, tomato, and a dollop of avocado-based mayo. If you prefer a tortilla-style roll-up, consider a cassava or almond flour tortilla. 

This snack proves that protein-rich snacks can be delicious, super simple to make, and made with little to no prep time for a serious snacktime win. 

#6 Overnight Oats 

Overnight oats aren’t just for breakfast — enjoy this easy to prep recipe as a protein-rich snack to keep your body fueled all morning or afternoon long. 

You’re basically just taking regular old overnight oats, and adding a protein-rich spin. 

Protein-Rich Overnight Oats 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats 
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk 
  • 2 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • 2 Tbsp. almond butter 
  • 1 scoop of JS Health X FitOn Protein Powder 
  • Pure maple syrup, nuts, and seeds for topping 

Step #1: Add the oats, almond milk, chia seeds, almond butter, and protein powder to a serving bowl and mix well. 

Step #2: Set in the fridge overnight and top with the syrup, nuts, and seeds before enjoying! 

#7 Edamame 

Veggie lovers, you’re going to want in on this protein-rich snack. This plant-based snack packs in about 18.5 grams of protein per cup! 

Plus, you can buy a bag of frozen edamame and have this snack prepped in under five minutes. It’s a total win in our book! 

Optimize Your Snacks With Protein 

As you can see, snacking can be healthy and delicious. And, when we focus on making sure we are getting enough protein in, we can help promote satiety and help support our goals by making one healthy food choice at a time. 

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