We have compiled a list of 5 low cal high protein snacks that are convenient and simple to prepare, so you can have them on the go and they will be sure to give you that essential protein hit.
Why Does My Body Need Protein?
Each person’s body has different protein requirements and there is not a set amount of protein that you need to consume daily in order to be healthy. That being said, protein is an essential macronutrient for the body and therefore is an integral part of a healthy diet. Eating protein causes an increase in the metabolic rate in the body, and your metabolism is responsible for burning calories, but it is also the source of most of your energy levels. If you have recently gone vegan or vegetarian, you may have noticed a dip in your energy levels and so you may need to up your protein intake. By consuming more protein, you can fire up your metabolism and give yourself plenty of energy that will last throughout the day. Protein also plays an important role in muscle repair after a workout. Consuming protein is so important especially if your goal is to gain muscle and lose fat.
How Much Protein Does My Body Need?
If you are a healthy weight then you should be eating between 0.36 to 0.6 grams of protein per pound you weigh. For women, that works out at about 46 to 75 grams of protein per day, and this will depend on your own body’s requirements and your activity levels.
5 Low Cal High Protein Snacks
If you want to consume more protein but are not sure it’s practical to take a bacon and eggs fry up or paleo pancakes with you to the gym or to work, then read on for our top 5 low cal high protein snacks that are convenient to take with you on the go. They are protein-rich snacks that are easily transportable and tasty too, perfect for eating post-workout or fighting off energy slumps throughout the day.
1. Edamame Beans
Edamame beans are a preparation of immature soybeans in the pod. The pods are boiled or steamed and the beans are released. They contain approximately 11 grams of protein per 100 grams of beans. As well as being an excellent source of protein, they are also rich in iron and calcium. These are one of our favorite snacks, they are so moreish but also brilliantly healthy for you.
You can get dried, salted edamame beans or you can also buy pre-prepared, unsalted edamame beans and enjoy them with a dip or dressing (add soy and ginger dressing to edamame and quinoa for a match made in superfood heaven). You can buy the pods frozen and cook them yourself, or even if you buy pre-prepared edamame beans, try throwing in one or two boiled eggs for a tasty snack on the go. We love them whichever way they come and you can see how to use them in a meal by taking a look at this recipe.
2. Boiled Eggs
An oldie but a goodie, boiled eggs are packed full of protein (6g per large, boiled egg) and essential vitamins such as vitamin A, B-12 and D. You can buy many different varieties of boiled egg, protein snack in stores. You can get boiled eggs and spinach in a deli pack or simply prepare the same at home. You can also try boiled eggs, sliced roast turkey, piccolo tomatoes, cheese, crackers and a handful of nuts, to make up a tasty snack box. You can also add boiled eggs to a tuna salad for lunch.
3. Roasted Chickpeas
Chickpeas are legumes which are high in protein. They contain approximately 19 grams of protein per 100 grams. They are also rich in vitamin B-6 and the minerals, iron, calcium and magnesium. Roasted chickpeas make a great snack with plenty of added crunch and not only are they super high in protein, but they are also vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free, which makes them miles better than many other snacks.
4. Peanut Butter Protein Cookies
These cookies make a great post workout snack and are a treat that you don’t have to feel guilty about if you have one too many, which is a bonus in our book! They are delicious, protein rich and simple to make, containing only four ingredients. You can follow the recipe here.
5. Parmesan Zucchini Chips
Zucchini is one of our favorite veggies, mainly because you can use it in so many ways, from healthy desserts to no carb pasta. Here, we’ve found you a recipe for tasty parmesan zucchini chips which are so easy to make! Click here to check out the yummy recipe.