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 that afternoon sugar binge.
Plus, protein is a super-duper important macro when it comes to weight loss. Research shows that protein is the most satiating macronutrient, plus it takes more calories to digest protein than carbs and fat, making it a macro we def want to add to our snacks.
7 Protein-Rich Snacks To Help Support Your Weight Loss Goals
#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 raw 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 help avoid reaching 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:
- 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.
Strawberries & Cream Protein Shake
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 cup full-fat unsweetened Greek yogurt
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1 Tbsp. flaxseeds
- 1 Tbsp. almond butter
Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
Hummus is a plant-based dieter’s dream snack. I mean, it 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 weight-loss-friendly snack option that is sure to nourish your body and keep you feeling fueled to power through your day.
#5 Turkey Roll-ups
Ditch the carb-heavy sandwich bread, and enter the easiest way to snack on the go. Turkey roll-ups can be made with organic, nitrate-free turkey meat (like Applegate Farms brand) and rolled up with sliced avocado, tomato, and a dollop of avocado-based mayo.
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.
Here’s our fav way to make them.
Protein-Rich Overnight Oats
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 2 Tbsp. chia seeds
- 2 Tbsp. almond butter
- 1 scoop of collagen peptides
- Pure maple syrup, nuts, and seeds for topping
Add the oats, almond milk, chia seeds, almond butter, and collagen to a serving bowl and mix well.
Set in the fridge overnight and top with the syrup, nuts, and seeds before enjoying!
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, giving us that mega-dose of protein we’re looking for in a wholesome snack.
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 weight loss goals by making one healthy food choice at a time.
Cheers to healthy protein-rich snacking!