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
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
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
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.
4. Avocado and Cottage Cheese Toast
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
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
This is your new favorite salad, and it keeps you full and satisfied for hours.
7. Homemade High Protein Trail Mix
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
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
Mozzarella cheese is a great portion of protein, and veggies are always good for weight loss.
10. Cottage Cheese and Blueberry Bliss
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
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
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?
13. Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
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
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
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
The classic snack that only takes 3 ingredients and 30 seconds to make.
17. Buffalo Chicken Deviled Eggs
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
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
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
You have the ability to eat Nutella and actually lose weight by making these high energy, high protein snack bars.
21. Salmon Cakes
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!)