Six Quick, Easy and Healthy High-Protein Snacks
Last week we did a live chat on Twitter (using the hashtag #AskCheryl) during The Biggest Loser. Several people wondered about healthy high-protein snacks. These chats have been valuable in showing me the types of information that you're looking for, and I hope that you'll join us on Twitter again this Tuesday (April 5th) during The Biggest Loser at 8:00 p.m. EST.
I'm happy to see so many people asking for healthy snacks. Snacking, in general, is underrated as a weight-loss tool.
When we are trying to lose weight, the temptation is to eat less, but, in fact, the smart strategy is to eat more - well, more often, actually. Eating small snacks at regular intervals prevents you from becoming famished at any point during the day. It's when we are "starving" that we are most likely to reach for unhealthy foods and overeat.
The same goes for when we come in from a workout. The temptation is to raid the fridge or cabinets. Snacking at intervals before (and even during) exercise prevents this. Eating regular, small portions keeps your blood sugar stable and helps your body to recognize hunger cues. And of course, no matter how often or infrequently you eat, the name of the game is making the right choices. I discuss this issue in more detail in my upcoming book "Flavor First," which is also chock full of prepare-ahead snacks and appetizers that you can make at home.
Below are six quick and healthy high-protein snacks that will keep you on the right track. Each is near 150 calories and provides more than 10 grams of protein.
Good Eggs: "Deviled Eggs" - 3 hard boiled egg halves, whites only, each half filled with 1 tablespoon hummus (140 calories, 10 grams protein)
Green Gobbling: 2/3 cup edamame in the shell (158 calories, 13 grams protein)
String Theory: 1 low-fat mozzarella cheese stick and 1 large fresh orange (140 calories, 10 grams protein)
Rye Society: 2 Wasa Rye Crackers and 2-1/2 ounces lox (smoked salmon) (150 calories, 14 grams protein)
Gobble, Gobble: Half a turkey sandwich - 1 slice whole grain bread with 1 ounce turkey, 1 slice low-fat Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato and 2 teaspoons mustard (150 calories, 14 grams protein)
Greece-y Spoon: 2/3 cup non-fat Greek yogurt plus 1/2 cup blueberries and 1 tablespoon almonds (150 calories, 15 grams protein)
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