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High Protein Snacks

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High Protein Snacks

There is an abundance of dietary advice available seemingly everywhere you look and everyone appears to be an expert in losing weight and dieting. Currently, there are more than 30,000 diets available to us at any given time and choosing a plan can seem overwhelming and frustrating. Often, there is a call for increasing Protein intake in many these diets, and, in most cases, rightfully so.

However, before you begin chomping down on tons of Protein, be sure to measure how much you need against how much you are currently eating. For most athletic people involved in a consistent strength training routine, your needs will be between .5 grams - .75 grams per pound of body weight An example - A 200 pound person would consume between 100 – 150 grams of Protein Daily dependent on exercise frequency and intensity. If your body weight is lower, your exercise frequency and intensity are lower, then your Protein needs will also be decreased.

Why Protein?

Protein satiates you (keeps you feeling full).

It has a high metabolic cost (it takes a lot of energy to break down in your system) causing increased calorie burn.

It helps maintain your highly coveted muscle tissue (which keeps your metabolic rate high and helps you to look “toned”).

The Criteria

First, I hate that this disclaimer needs to be here -

If you have a dietary allergy, then do not eat the foods that would cause an allergic reaction. Second, if your belief system states that a food or food group is taboo, then simply do not choose the snacks that contain the off-limits foods. The snacks listed are simply a way to meet your total daily dietary intake of Protein. These are not intended to be “perfect” food choices; they are intended to create options for a healthy lifestyle that is maintainable.

Balanced Nutrition

No matter how busy you are, it's really not that difficult to eat nutritious, high-protein snacks. If you keep a few cans of tuna and some eggs in your fridge at all times and you have your “go-to” Protein Powder handy, you'll have some healthy alternatives to junk food.

However, keep in mind that your body does need carbohydrates, which is the main source of energy for working muscles and other bodily functions. Therefore, you shouldn't try to eliminate carbohydrates completely, especially if you work out.

The key is to eat a balanced diet that includes lean protein, minimally refined foods (whole grain pasta, whole grain rice, raw fruits and vegetables), and a small amount of fat in order to provide your body with all the nutrients and energy needed to function at your best capacity.

The snacks

Lettuce Wraps
o 1 slice LF Cheese / Turkey
o Spinach or Romaine leaves

Protein Pudding
o SF FF Pudding
o Milk
o Pro Powder
o Assemble, mix, chill, enjoy

HB Eggs

High Protein "Ambrosia"
o Greek yogurt - plain
o Fruit
o Pineapple juice
o Shaved Coconut

"Pizza"
o High Fiber 100 calorie Wrap
o LF Cheese
o LF Turkey Pepperoni or Turkey slices

Fruit and Cheese Sticks
o Alternate fruit and cheese cubes on a toothpick

High Protein Oatmeal
o Plain Oatmeal
o 1 scoop flavored Protein Powder

Turkey Jerky (or any wild game meat) and Seeds/Nuts

String Cheese and a Piece of Fruit and/or Celery

This article represents ways to increase Protein through intelligent snacking. Be sure to practice mindful eating through making choices and planning your meals. Try not to rely on reactions due to hunger. Practice portion control and maintain a food journal to insure you can track your Protein Intake vs. needs and to see where you may have more/different dietary deficiencies.

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