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21 High-Protein Snacks To Help You Lose Weight Easily

21 High-Protein Snacks To Help You Lose Weight Easily

Snacking is probably the best thing in the world when you’re bored. In fact, there’s actually science behind why it’s so great. When you’re bored and you snack, it triggers a release of endorphin, which momentarily makes you not-so-bored.

If you’re anything like me, that can be dangerous. Especially if you’re the type that reaches for the potato chips when you’re ready to snack. It doesn’t have to be as dangerous, though. That’s the beauty of protein. Protein keeps you full longer than carbohydrates, so you aren’t elbow deep in that bag of chips 10 minutes after you snack.

Here are some ideas for quick, easy snacks that will keep your belly full and your brain satisfied.

1. Apple and Almond Butter Sandwiches

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    This is the most fun snack, and its packed full of protein and low on carbs! It only has a few ingredients, but you could make it however you want. I suggest experimenting with different kinds of nut butters.

    2. Apple and Nut Butter Fruit Dip 

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      This snack is just a mixture of some of my favorite high-protein foods, yogurt and almond butter. If you’re feeling adventurous, try it with different flavors of yogurt, like pumpkin!

      3. Tuna Salad on Crackers

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        Tuna is one of most protein dense foods around. A can of it has 26 grams of protein for only 120 calories, making it one of the best foods you can eat if you like to snack but want to watch calories.

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        4. Avocado and Cottage Cheese Toast

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          Cottage Cheese is super high in protein, and avocado is probably the healthiest form of fat you can eat. This is a well-rounded snack with all the nutrients you need.

          5. Burritos in a Jar 

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            Well what can I say? Who doesn’t love and crave burritos on a daily basis? With this recipe from SkinnyMs, you can have a burrito without the guilt.

            6. Chickpea and Avocado Salad

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              This is your new favorite salad, and it keeps you full and satisfied for hours.

              7. Homemade High Protein Trail Mix

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                Here’s a recipe from Dr. Axe that you can literally make by mixing the ingredients. Stick to nuts with high protein and dried fruits. This snack is an amazing source of energy.

                8. Pesto and Turkey Roll Ups

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                  This recipe is based on high protein white meat, and vegetables. You really can never go wrong or feel guilty about eating white meat and veggies. Oh, and its tasty to boot.

                  9. Caprese Salad with Cherry Tomatoes and Chick Peas

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                    Mozzarella cheese is a great portion of protein, and veggies are always good for weight loss.

                    10. Cottage Cheese and Blueberry Bliss

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                      Another case of using cottage cheese as the work horse. And it’s so perfectly balanced with the sugar of the blueberries and the crunch of the flax seed.

                      11. Black Bean Hummus and Sliced Veggies

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                        It’s no secret that black beans are an excellent source of protein. If you replace the chips with sliced veggies, you have a perfectly healthy meal.

                        12. Cookie Dough Yogurt

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                          This is yogurt that tastes like cookie dough. And it only has 155 calories to it’s 26 grams of protein. Do you need anymore information?

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                          13. Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

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                            Is there any combination on Earth better than peanut butter and banana? Maybe peanut butter and banana in a high-protein smoothie…

                            14. Hard Boiled Egg Salad

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                              Eggs are always a good choice when you need a snack that will keep you full between meals. Add healthy fats from avocado, and you have a snack time winner.

                              15. Beef Jerky

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                                Beef Jerky is, believe it or not, an extremely healthy snacking option. It has high protein and low carbohydrates, which is the best combination for losing weight.

                                16. Ants on a Log

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                                  The classic snack that only takes 3 ingredients and 30 seconds to make.

                                  17. Buffalo Chicken Deviled Eggs

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                                    Remember your favorite food from college that you probably shouldn’t eat 3 days a week? Well trade out the deep fried wings for deviled eggs and you eat to your heart out.

                                    18. Guacamole Stuffed Eggs

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                                      Here’s another deviled egg trick that will keep you full for hours because of the protein and the fat.

                                      19. No Bake Energy Bites

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                                        These are like no bake cookies you used to make as a kid, but with built in portion control. They’re also really high in protein thanks to the peanut butter and flax seeds, and really high in healthy fats thanks to the coconut. And it’s delicious thanks to all the ingredients.

                                        20. Nutella Fudge Protein Bars

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                                          You have the ability to eat Nutella and actually lose weight by making these high energy, high protein snack bars.

                                          21. Salmon Cakes

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                                            And finally from Dr. Axe, we have a snack that could be made into a larger meal if you wanted to. (You will want to, because this is low carb and high protein, and includes bacon and salmon!)

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                                            Last Updated on June 20, 2019

                                            Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

                                            Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

                                            There’s nothing quite like picking up a guitar and strumming out some chords. Listening to someone playing the guitar can be mesmerising, it can evoke emotion and a good guitar riff can bring out the best of a song. Many guitar players find a soothing, meditative quality to playing, along with the essence of creating music or busting out an acoustic version of their favourite song. But how does playing the guitar affect the brain?

                                            More and more scientific studies have been looking into how people who play the guitar have different brain functions compared to those who don’t. What they found was quite astonishing and backed up what many guitarists may instinctively know deep down.

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                                            Guitar Players’ Brains Can Synchronise

                                            You didn’t read that wrong! Yes, a 2012 study[1] was conducted in Berlin that looked at the brains of guitar players. The researchers took 12 pairs of players and got them to play the same piece of music while having their brains scanned.

                                            During the experiment, they found something extraordinary happening to each pair of participants – their brains were synchronising with each other. So what does this mean? Well, the neural networks found in the areas of the brain associated with social cognition and music production were most activated when the participants were playing their instruments. In other words, their ability to connect with each other while playing music was exceptionally strong.

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                                            Guitar Players Have a Higher Intuition

                                            Intuition is described as “the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning” and this is exactly what’s happening when two people are playing the guitar together.

                                            The ability to synchronise their brains with each other, stems from this developed intuitive talent indicating that guitar players have a definite spiritual dexterity to them. Not only do their brains synchronise with another player, but they can also even anticipate what is to come before and after a set of chords without consciously knowing. This explains witnessing a certain ‘chemistry’ between players in a band and why many bands include brothers who may have an even stronger connection.

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                                            This phenomenon is actually thought to be down to the way guitarists learn how to play – while many musicians learn through reading sheet music, guitar players learn more from listening to others play and feeling their way through the chords. This also shows guitarists have exceptional improvisational skills[2] and quick thinking.

                                            Guitar Players Use More of Their Creative, Unconscious Brain

                                            The same study carried out a different experiment, this time while solo guitarists were shredding. They found that experienced guitar players were found to deactivate the conscious part of their brain extremely easily meaning they were able to activate the unconscious, creative and less practical way of thinking more efficiently.

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                                            This particular area of the brain – the right temporoparietal junction – typically deactivates with ‘long term goal orientation’ in order to stop distractions to get goals accomplished. This was in contrast to the non-guitarists who were unable to shut off the conscious part of their brain which meant they were consciously thinking more about what they were playing.

                                            This isn’t to say that this unconscious way of playing can’t be learnt. Since the brain’s plasticity allows new connections to be made depending on repeated practice, the guitar player’s brain can be developed over time but it’s something about playing the guitar in particular that allows this magic to happen.

                                            Conclusion

                                            While we all know musicians have very quick and creative brains, it seems guitar players have that extra special something. Call it heightened intuition or even a spiritual element – either way, it’s proven that guitarists are an exceptional breed unto themselves!

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