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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 December 2, 2019

                                            10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

                                            10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

                                            Plato knew that the body and mind are intimately linked. And in the late 1800s, the Mayo brothers, famous physicians, estimated that over half of all hospital beds are filled with people suffering from frustration, anxiety, worry and despair. Causes of worry are everywhere, in our relationships and our jobs, so it’s key we find ways to take charge of the stress.

                                            In his classic book How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, Dale Carnegie offers tools to ditch excessive worrying that help you make a worry-free environment for your private and professional life.

                                            These are the top 10 tips to grab worry by the horns and wrestle it to the ground:

                                            1. Make Your Decision and Never Look Back

                                            Have you ever made a decision in life only to second-guess it afterwards? Of course you have! It’s hard not to wonder whether you’ve done the right thing and whether there might still be time to take another path.

                                            But keep this in mind: you’ve already made your decision, so act decisively on it and dismiss all your anxiety about it.

                                            Don’t stop to hesitate, to reconsider, or to retrace your steps. Once you’ve chosen a course of action, stick to it and never waver.

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                                            2. Live for Today, Package Things up in “Day-Tight Compartments”

                                            You know that feeling: tossing, turning and worrying over something that happened or something that might, well into the wee hours. To avoid this pointless worrying, you need “day-tight compartments”. Much as a ship has different watertight compartments, your own “day-tight” ones are a way to limit your attention to the present day.

                                            The rule is simple: whatever happened in the past or might happen in the future must not intrude upon today. Everything else has to wait its turn for tomorrow’s box or stay stuck in the past.

                                            3. Embrace the Worst-Case Scenario and Strategize to Offset It

                                            If you’re worried about something, ask yourself: “What’s the worst thing that could happen?” Could you lose your job? Be jailed? Get killed?

                                            Whatever the “worst” might be, it’s probably not so world-ending. You could probably even bounce back from it!

                                            If, for example, you lose your job, you could always find another. Once you accept the worst-case scenario and get thinking about contingency plans, you’ll feel calmer.

                                            4. Put a Lid on Your Worrying

                                            Sometimes we stress endlessly about negative experiences when just walking away from them would serve us far better.

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                                            To make squashing that worry easier, try this strategy, straight from stock traders: it’s called the “stop-loss” order, where shares are bought at a certain price, and then their price development is observed. If things go badly and the share price hits a certain point, they are sold off immediately. This stops the loss from increasing further.

                                            In the same manner, you can put a stop-loss order on things that cause you stress and grief.

                                            5. Fake It ‘Til You Make It – Happiness, That Is

                                            We can’t directly influence how we feel, but we can nudge ourselves to change through how we think and act.

                                            If you’re feeling sad or low, slap a big grin on your face and whistle a chipper tune. You’ll find it impossible to be blue when acting cheerful. But you don’t necessarily need to act outwardly happy; you can simply think happier thoughts instead.

                                            Marcus Aurelius summed it up aptly:

                                            “Our life is what our thoughts make it.”

                                            6. Give for the Joy of Giving

                                            When we perform acts of kindness, we often do so with the expectation of gratitude. But harboring such expectations will probably leave you disappointed.

                                            One person well aware of this fact was the lawyer Samuel Leibowitz. Over the course of his career, Leibowitz saved 78 people from going to the electric chair. Guess how many thanked him? None.

                                            So stop expecting gratitude when you’re kind to someone. Instead, take joy from the act yourself.

                                            7. Dump Envy – Enjoy Being Uniquely You

                                            Your genes are completely unique. Even if someone had the same parents as you, the likelihood of someone identical to you being born is just one in 300,000 billion.

                                            Despite this amazing fact, many of us long to be someone else, thinking the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. But living your life this way is pointless. Embrace your uniqueness and get comfortable with who you really are: How to Be True to Yourself and Live the Life You Want

                                            8. Haters Will Hate — It Just Means You’re Doing It Right

                                            When you’re criticized, it often means you’re accomplishing something noteworthy. In fact, let’s take it a step further and consider this: the more you’re criticized, the more influential and important a person you likely are.

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                                            So the next time somebody talks you down, don’t let it get to you. Take it as a compliment!

                                            9. Chill Out! Learn to Rest Before You Get Tired

                                            Scientists agree that emotions are the most common cause of fatigue. And it works the other way around, too: fatigue produces more worries and negative emotions.

                                            It should be clear, therefore, that you’ve got to relax regularly before you feel tired. Otherwise, worries and fatigue will accumulate on top of each other.

                                            It’s impossible to worry when you are relaxed, and regular rest helps you maintain your ability to work effectively.

                                            10. Get Organized and Enjoy Your Work

                                            There are few greater sources of misery in life than having to work, day in, day out, in a job you despise. It would make sense then that you shouldn’t pick a job you hate, or even just dislike doing.

                                            But say you already have a job. How can you make it more enjoyable and worry-free? One way is to stay organized: a desk full of unanswered mails and memos is sure to breed worries.

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                                            Better yet, rethink about the job you’re doing: What to Do When You Hate Your Job but Want a Successful Career

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