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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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                      How to Control Your Thoughts and Become the Master of Your Mind

                      How to Control Your Thoughts and Become the Master of Your Mind

                      Your mind is the most powerful tool you have for the creation of good in your life, but if not used correctly, can also be the most destructive force in your life.

                      Your mind, more specifically, your thoughts, affect your perception and therefore, your interpretation of reality.

                      I have heard that the average person thinks around 70,000 thoughts a day. That’s a lot, especially if they are unproductive, self-abusive and just a general waste of energy.

                      You can let your thoughts run amok, but why would you? It is your mind, your thoughts; isn’t it time to take your power back? Isn’t it time to take control?

                      Choose to be the person who is actively, consciously thinking your thoughts. Become the master of your mind.

                      When you change your thoughts, you will change your feelings as well, and you will also eliminate the triggers that set off those feelings. Both of these outcomes provide you with a greater level of peace in your mind.

                      I currently have few thoughts that are not of my own choosing or a response from my reprogramming. I am the master of my mind, so now my mind is quite peaceful. Yours can be too!

                      Who Is Thinking My Thoughts?

                      Before you can become the master of your mind, you must recognize that you are currently at the mercy of several unwanted “squatters” living in your mind, and they are in charge of your thoughts. If you want to be the boss of them, you must know who they are and what their motivation is, and then you can take charge and evict them.

                      Here are four of the “squatters” in your head that create the most unhealthy and unproductive thoughts:

                      1. The Inner Critic

                      This is your constant abuser. He is often a conglomeration of:

                      • Other people’s words; many times your parents.
                      • Thoughts you have created based on your own or other peoples expectations.
                      • Comparing yourself to other people, including those in the media.
                      • The things you told yourself as a result of painful experiences such as betrayal and rejection. Your interpretation creates your self-doubt and self-blame, which are most likely undeserved in cases of rejection and betrayal.

                      He is motivated by pain, low self-esteem, lack of self-acceptance and lack of self-love.

                      Why else would he abuse you? And since “he” is actually you– why else would you abuse yourself? Why would you let anyone treat you this badly?

                      2. The Worrier

                      This person lives in the future; in the world of “what ifs.”

                      He is motivated by fear which is often irrational and with no basis for it.

                      Occasionally, he is motivated by fear that what happened in the past will happen again.

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                      3. The Reactor or Trouble-Maker

                      He is the one that triggers anger, frustration and pain. These triggers stem from unhealed wounds of the past. Any experience that is even closely related to a past wound will set him off.

                      He can be set off by words or feelings. He can even be set off by sounds and smells.

                      He has no real motivation; he has poor impulse control and is run by past programming that no longer serves you, if it ever did.

                      4. The Sleep Depriver

                      This can be a combination of any number of different squatters including the inner planner, the rehasher, and the ruminator, along with the inner critic and the worrier.

                      His motivation can be:

                      • As a reaction to silence, which he fights against
                      • Taking care of the business you neglected during the day
                      • Self-doubt, low self-esteem, insecurity and generalized anxiety
                      • As listed above for the inner critic and worrier

                      How can you control these squatters?

                      How to Master Your Mind

                      You are the thinker and the observer of your thoughts. You must pay attention to your thoughts so you can identify “who” is running the show; this will determine which technique you will want to use.

                      Begin each day with the intention of paying attention to your thoughts and catching yourself when you are thinking undesirable thoughts.

                      There are two ways to control your thoughts:

                      • Technique A – Interrupt and replace them
                      • Technique B – Eliminate them altogether

                      This second option is what is known as peace of mind!

                      The technique of interrupting and replacing is a means of reprogramming your subconscious mind. Eventually, the replacement thoughts will become the “go to” thoughts in the applicable situations.

                      Use Technique A with the Inner Critic and Worrier and Technique B with the Reactor and Sleep Depriver.

                      For the Inner Critic

                      When you catch yourself thinking something negative about yourself (calling yourself names, disrespecting yourself, or berating yourself), interrupt it.

                      You can yell (in your mind), “Stop! No!” or, “Enough! I’m in control now.” Then, whatever your negative thought was about yourself, replace it with an opposite or counter thought or an affirmation that begins with “I am.”

                      For example, if your thought is, “I’m such a loser,” you can replace it with, “I am a Divine Creation of the Universal Spirit. I am a perfect spiritual being learning to master the human experience. I am a being of energy, light, and matter. I am magnificent, brilliant, and beautiful. I love and approve of myself just as I am.”

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                      You can also have a dialogue with yourself with the intention of discrediting the ‘voice’ that created the thought, if you know whose voice it is:

                      “Just because so-and-so said I was a loser doesn’t make it true. It was his or her opinion, not a statement of fact. Or maybe they were joking and I took it seriously because I’m insecure.”

                      If you recognize that you have recurring self-critical thoughts, you can write out or pre-plan your counter thoughts or affirmation so you can be ready. This is the first squatter you should evict, forcefully, if necessary:

                      • He riles up the Worrier.
                      • The names you call yourself become triggers when called those names by others, so he also maintains the presence of the Reactor.
                      • He is often present when you try to fall asleep so he perpetuates the Sleep Depriver.
                      • He is a bully and is verbally and emotionally abusive.
                      • He is the destroyer of self-esteem. He convinces you that you’re not worthy. He’s a liar! In the interest of your self-worth, get him out!

                      Eliminate your worst critic and you will also diminish the presence of the other three squatters.

                      Replace him with your new best friend who supports, encourages, and enhances your life. This is a presence you want in your mind.

                      For the Worrier

                      Prolonged anxiety is mentally, emotionally and physically unhealthy. It can have long-term health implications.

                      Fear initiates the fight or flight response, creates worry in the mind and creates anxiety in the body.

                      You should be able to recognize a “worry thought” immediately by how you feel. The physiological signs that the fight or flight response of fear has kicked in are:

                      • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, or surge of adrenaline
                      • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                      • Muscles tense

                      Use the above stated method to interrupt any thought of worry and then replace it. But this time you will replace your thoughts of worry with thoughts of gratitude for the outcome you wish for.

                      If you believe in a higher power, this is the time to engage with it. Here is an example:

                      Instead of worrying about my loved ones traveling in bad weather, I say the following (I call it a prayer):

                      “Thank you great spirit for watching over _______. Thank you for watching over his/her car and keeping it safe, road-worthy, and free of maintenance issues without warning. Thank you for surrounding him/her with only safe, conscientious, and alert drivers. And thank you for keeping him/her safe, conscientious, and alert.”

                      Smile when you think about it or say it aloud, and phrase it in the present tense; both of these will help you feel it and possibly even start to believe it.

                      If you can visualize what you are praying for, the visualization will enhance the feeling so you will increase the impact in your vibrational field.

                      Now take a calming breath, slowly in through your nose, and slowly out through the mouth. Take as many as you like!

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                      Replacing fearful thoughts with gratitude will decrease reactionary behavior, taking the steam out of the Reactor.

                      For example:

                      If your child gets lost in the mall, the typical parental reaction that follows the fearful thoughts when finding them is to yell at them.

                      “I told you never to leave my sight.” This reaction just adds to the child’s fear level from being lost in the first place. Plus, it also teaches them that mom and/or dad will get mad when he or she makes a mistake, which may make them lie to you or not tell you things in the future.

                      Change those fearful thoughts when they happen:

                      “Thank You (your choice of Higher Power) for watching over my child and keeping him safe. Thank you for helping me find him soon.”

                      Then, when you see your child after this thought process, your only reaction will be gratitude, and that seems like a better alternative for all people involved.

                      For the Trouble-Maker, Reactor or Over-Reactor

                      Permanently eliminating this squatter will take a bit more attention and reflection after the fact to identify and heal the causes of the triggers; but until then, you can prevent the Reactor from getting out of control by initiating conscious breathing as soon as you recognize his presence.

                      The Reactor’s thoughts or feelings activate the fight or flight response just like with the Worrier. The physiological signs of his presence will be the same. With a little attention, you should be able to tell the difference between anxiety, anger, frustration, or pain:

                      • Increased heart rate and blood pressure; surge of adrenaline
                      • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                      • Muscles tension

                      I’m sure you’ve heard the suggestion to count to ten when you get angry—well, you can make those ten seconds much more productive if you are breathing consciously during that time.

                      Conscious breathing is as simple as it sounds; just be conscious of your breathing. Pay attention to the air going in and coming out.

                      Breathe in through your nose:

                      • Feel the air entering your nostrils.
                      • Feel your lungs filling and expanding.
                      • Focus on your belly rising.

                      Breathe out through your nose:

                      • Feel your lungs emptying.
                      • Focus on your belly falling.
                      • Feel the air exiting your nostrils.

                      Do this for as long as you like. Leave the situation if you want. This gives the adrenaline time to normalize.

                      Now you can address the situation with a calmer, more rational perspective and avoid damaging behavior.

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                      One of the troubles this squatter causes is that it adds to the sleep depriver’s issues. By evicting, or at least controlling the Reactor, you will decrease reactionary behavior, which will decrease the need for the rehashing and ruminating that may keep you from falling asleep.

                      Master your mind and stop the Reactor from bringing stress to you and your relationships!

                      For the Sleep Depriver

                      (He’s made up of the Inner Planner, the Rehasher and the Ruminator, along with the Inner Critic and the Worrier.)

                      I was plagued with a very common problem: not being able to turn off my mind at bedtime. This inability prevented me from falling asleep and thus, getting a restful and restorative night’s sleep.

                      Here’s how I mastered my mind and evicted the Sleep Depriver and all his cronies.

                      1. I started by focusing on my breathing—paying attention to the rise and fall of my belly—but that didn’t keep the thoughts out for long. (Actually, I now start with checking my at-rest mouth position to keep me from clenching.)
                      2. Then I came up with replacement strategy that eliminated uncontrolled thinking—imagining the word in while breathing in and thinking the word out when breathing out. I would (and do) elongate the word to match the length of my breath.

                      When I catch myself thinking, I shift back to in, out. With this technique, I am still thinking, sort of, but the wheels are no longer spinning out of control. I am in control of my mind and I choose quiet.

                      From the first time I tried this method I started to yawn after only a few cycles and am usually asleep within ten minutes.

                      For really difficult nights, I add an increase of attention by holding my eyes in a looking-up position (Closed, of course!). Sometimes I try to look toward my third eye but that really hurts my eyes.

                      If you have trouble falling asleep because you can’t shut off your mind, I strongly recommend you try this technique. I still use it every night. You can start sleeping better tonight!

                      You can also use this technique any time you want to:

                      • Fall back to sleep if you wake up too soon.
                      • Shut down your thinking.
                      • Calm your feelings.
                      • Simply focus on the present moment. 

                      Becoming the Master of Your Mind

                      Your mind is a tool, and like any other tool, it can be used for constructive purposes or for destructive purposes.

                      You can allow your mind to be occupied by unwanted, undesirable and destructive tenants, or you can choose desirable tenants like peace, gratitude, compassion, love, and joy.

                      Your mind can become your best friend, your biggest supporter, and someone you can count on to be there and encourage you. The choice is yours!

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