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10 Healthy High-Protein Snacks You Can Take With You On The Go To Stay Fuller Longer

10 Healthy High-Protein Snacks You Can Take With You On The Go To Stay Fuller Longer

Getting enough protein in each meal can help stabilize your blood sugar levels as well as nourish your muscles and brain cells for optimal energy, focus, and productivity. We also need complex carbs and small amounts of fat, but we should attempt to get these nutrients from real foods instead of highly processed meals and snacks on the go. Choosing snacks high in protein can stabilize hunger levels and blood sugar levels between meals to help you stay energized throughout the day.

We all know protein shakes are easy on-the-go snacks, but what about other high-protein options for on-the-go eats? There are lots of ideas you can try, as long as you choose lean and easy-to-digest sources of protein so your body can efficiently break down the amino acids in the protein sources and put them to use in your muscles, brain cells, and digestive system. Here are 10 great high-protein snack options anyone can make!

1. Non-Fat Plain Greek Yogurt With Berries And A Few Tablespoons Of Nuts Or Low-Sugar Granola

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    Plain, non-fat yogurt is a great source of probiotics and protein along with potassium, calcium, magnesium, and Vitamin D to help you feel healthy all day long. Dairy yogurt offers 12-20 grams of protein per 5.3-ounce cup, and it can easily by taken with you in a cooler or purchased at food marts everywhere. Pair your yogurt with some fruit for additional vitamins and minerals plus some fiber, and top your yogurt with some low-sugar granola or some nuts. Choose yogurt without added sugars, GMOs, artificial sweeteners, and always go for low-fat or non-fat yogurt when you can.

    2. Steel Cut Or Rolled Oats With Yogurt, Pumpkin, Nut Butter, And Seeds

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      Steel cut oats and rolled oats digest more slowly than instant oats, and both options make wonderful breakfasts, but they also make for wonderful on-the-go eats. Oatmeal is a great source of protein, and it’s actually much higher in protein, fiber, and overall nutrients than quinoa (which most people think is better). Pair your oatmeal with some non-dairy milk and yogurt, some pumpkin, cinnamon, stevia, and some nut butter for a protein-packed meal you can take with you in a to-go cup or mason jar. This snack also keeps well all day long in a cooler or in a fridge if you want to eat it at work.

      3. One Cup of Plain, Shredded Wheat Cereal With Cinnamon, Stevia, And One Small Container Of Non-Fat Plain Greek Yogurt

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        Shredded wheat cereal (not the frosted kind) is loaded with fiber and is possibly the healthiest boxed cereal you can eat. The only ingredient is wheat and/or wheat bran. It’s also wonderful at keeping you full and is packed with natural protein, containing 7 grams per cup. Pair plain shredded wheat cereal with yogurt, cinnamon, and stevia, and you have your own version of a cinnamon toast crunch parfait. It’s tasty and filling! You can also take it with you on the go by packing your yogurt in a cooler and putting your cereal in a separate plastic baggie. Take some travel packets of stevia or your choice sweetener, some cinnamon, and you’re all set!

        4. Protein Breakfast Cookies

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          Making your own protein snacks is a great idea for optimal nutrition, ingredient control, and it’s also good for staying prepared. Protein cookies and muffins can easily be prepared in no time on a weekend and can be packaged up in baggies, kept in the fridge or freezer, and can be toted with you anywhere all week long. Most recipes call for oats, some type of nut butter or seeds like flax and chia, and many have fruit like bananas and applesauce that act as a binder. Search Pinterest for protein breakfast cookies, or feel free to try my favorite recipe.

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          5. One Packet Of Your Choice Of Protein Powder Or Meal Replacement Powder Mixed With Plain Non-Fat Greek Yogurt And Fruit

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            Here’s the easiest protein-packed, travel-friendly recipe you’ll ever find: protein powder, yogurt, fruit, and nuts and seeds. This is such an easy breakfast or snack that anyone can make it. It’s also a recipe I love to take with me during travel for easy digestion and portability. I love using a non-GMO plant-based protein or meal replacement powder without sugar, or a non-GMO whey protein isolate protein made without sugar mixed with yogurt, berries, apples or pears, and some cinnamon and flax. Give it a try!

            6. Plain Unsalted Peanut Butter On Sprouted Grain Toast With Fruit

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              If you love sandwiches but want something healthier, try this option out. Sprouted grain bread (such as Ezekial bread) is incredibly high in protein compared to processed, shelf-stable bread. Sprouted grain bread has no flour and is also very easy to digest. Spread some natural, no salt or sugar added peanut butter (or an alternative nut butter) on some sprouted grain bread with banana, apple, or some berries. Turn it into a sandwich or eat it like toast and take it with you as a high-protein snack. It will keep just fine all day long in a cooler or even in your purse.

              7. Homemade Protein No-Bake Energy Bites

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                Homemade energy and protein bites make great travel-friendly, high-protein snacks. There are limitless amounts of recipes that exist for these, just be sure to make yours with natural ingredients whenever possible. Good ingredients to include in your bites are peanut or almond butter, raisins, oats, flax, and many people also use either banana, applesauce, or a bit of honey. Find a recipe that suits your needs and make up a batch this week!

                8. Protein Overnight Oats

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                  Protein overnight oats are easy to make and can be taken with you anywhere. I love a mix of plant-based protein powder with rolled oats, some cocoa powder, blueberries, stevia, and some cinnamon. You can make yours any way that you enjoy, and you’ll be full for hours after this snack!

                  9. Prepared Homemade Protein Bars Or Protein Muffins

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                    Bake up a batch of your own protein bars this weekend and you can have the cleanest protein bars on hand to enjoy all week long. The benefits of making your own bars is that you’ll avoid lots of chemicals and artificial sweeteners like those at the store. Great ingredients to include in your bars are your favorite protein powder or meal replacement product, some coconut flour which is low-glycemic, some oats, oat finer, or oat flour, some spices of choice, and many recipes may or may not use additional ingredients like stevia, applesauce, bananas, or some low-sugar chocolate chips. Many also use peanut butter and almond butter. Search Pinterest for recipes that fit your needs, and always go for those without refined sugar or lots of added sugar for optimal blood sugar levels.

                    10. Hard-Boiled Eggs With Oatmeal

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                      Hard-boiled eggs are one of nature’s best sources of easy-to-assimilate protein. Eggs are also a great source of Vitamin D, B vitamins, choline to fuel a healthy brain, and the saturated fat content in eggs is quite low in terms of overall requirements for the day. Choose eggs that are organic, cage-free, and free range if possible—not just one or the other. Pastured eggs are the best choice since hens feed off grass all day long and are given free range to live as naturally as possible. Pair your hardboiled eggs with some oatmeal and fruit for a complete meal, and take it with you on the go for an optimal long-lasting and highly filling snack or mini meal. You can also take travel packets of oatmeal and buy pre-boiled eggs to make things even easier.

                      Final Tips

                      These high-protein snacks not only provide easy-to-digest sources of protein, but they are also paired with slow-digesting carbohydrates for optimal energy levels. Remember that when you are choosing a high-protein snack to take on the go, you should avoid all sources of refined sugar when possible and pair your protein with a healthy source of complex carbs for optimal muscle growth, brain focus, and to be sure you get enough fiber throughout your day.

                      If you need some high-protein breakfast ideas, these 10 options have you covered!

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                      Last Updated on September 18, 2020

                      7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                      7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                      Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                      Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                      1. Exercise Daily

                      It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                      If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                      Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                      If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

                      2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                      Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                      One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                      This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                      3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                      Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                      Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                      Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                      4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                      Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                      The basic nutritional advice includes:

                      • Eat unprocessed foods
                      • Eat more veggies
                      • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                      • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                      Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                        5. Watch Out for Travel

                        Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                        This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                        If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                        6. Start Slow

                        Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                        If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                        7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                        Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                        My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                        If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                        I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                        Final Thoughts

                        Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                        Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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