The key to fat loss is getting your nutritional habits in order. Most people do a good job of eating healthy, low calorie, meals - but your snacking habits may let you down. With that in mind, here are thirteen high-protein snacks that are perfect for weight loss:
Nuts are the ultimate protein snack as one serving can give you a good 5 or more grams of protein. Plus, they contain healthy fats to help your heart - as well as a good bit of fibre too. Be sure to limit your portions to keep them low calorie, and don’t choose nuts that have added salt or flavourings to them.
2. Apple & Almond Butter
Apples are obviously full of nutrients and very low in calories. To get some added nutritional benefits, dip them in almond butter. Here, you get some extra protein, fats, and fibre. Plus, they go together so well - it’s a delicious treat.
3. Skyr Yoghurt
In general, yoghurt is an excellent high protein snack. However, Skyr is probably the best type to have. It’s thicker than most, has lots of protein per portion, and is low in calories. You can get some that have under 100 cals and 16g of protein in a small pot! Add berries for some extra nutritional benefits.
4. Cottage Cheese
Cottage cheese as a high protein content and is excellent for fat loss because it’s low in calories. If you get the reduced-fat version, then it’s even better. A small pot is the perfect portion size for a mid-afternoon or pre-lunch snack.
Essentially, hummus is blended up chickpeas - which means it contains lots of fibre and protein. A small portion is all you need, and it goes really well with carrots or cucumber. By combining the two, you have a healthy and nutritious snack for weight loss.
6. Overnight Oats
Mix some oats with milk/yoghurt and leave them in the fridge overnight. Now, you have a brilliant snack. There’s protein from the oats and milk/yoghurt, and the oats are also an excellent carbohydrate source to give you sustained energy. Flavour them with cinnamon, slices of stewed pear; whatever you like!
7. Hard-Boiled Eggs
Easy to cook, easy to store, and the perfect post-workout snack. Two of these eggs will give you 13g of protein and only 140 calories (approximately). They also contain some vital vitamins, just make sure you don’t overdo it with eggs. Two a day is the maximum you need.
8. Edamame Beans
These beans have around 17-18g of protein per cup. They’re also under 200 calories for the same portion - which is fantastic. You can add them to salads, but many places sell little snack pots of them these days. So, they’re great to peck on if hunger strikes between meals. As a bonus, they contain an antioxidant to help lower blood sugar and aid weight loss!
9. Mozzarella Cheese
Mozarella has one of the highest protein contents of all cheeses. One ball gives around 20 or so grams, which is incredible. Slice it up with some tomatoes and basil for a delicious Caprese salad snack. Or, some shops sell small mozzarella balls that are perfect for snacking.
10. Granola Bars
Granola bars combine nuts, oats, and dried fruit, in one small package. You can easily bake them yourself, but there are plenty out there right now. Some are enriched with soy/whey protein for added fat loss benefits. Even the ones that aren’t will still have plenty of protein, good fats, fibre, and complex carbs.
11. Beef Jerky
If you want a serious hit of protein before meals, then look for some good-quality jerky. Find one with low salt, and you can get close to 10g of protein in a serving. The best ones are made from grass-fed beef as this means they have healthy fats and fewer preservatives.
12. Protein Shake
Whey protein shakes are a healthy and straightforward way to get an extra 20g of protein in per day. Mix the powder with milk or water, and you’re good to go. To make the ultimate weight loss shake, add in some BCAAs to help your body recover better and build more muscle, which will allow you to lose more fat.
13. Tuna & Sweetcorn
A normal-sized tin of tuna contains around 20 or so grams of protein - with hardly any calories. Mix it with some sweetcorn and low-fat mayo to create a tasty little snack. Put it in small tubs in the fridge, and you can eat one whenever you feel peckish.
It won’t matter how healthy your main meals are if you keep eating rubbish in between them! All of these snacks are low calorie, high in protein, and perfect to eat during the day. They’ll stifle your hunger, meaning you don’t have the urge to pick up a snack that’s bad for you!
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