Whether you are looking to add more protein to your diet so you can pack on lean muscle mass or you simply want to lose a few unwanted pounds, finding the right high protein low-carb snacks will help you reach your goal. It can be difficult to constantly have enough protein in your diet to create new muscle mass, but these healthy snacks will be able to do just that.
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Now let’s get to the foods!
Peanut Butter and Celery
Many of you may be scratching your head right now, but peanut butter is indeed a low carb food. And celery is one of those anti-calorie food where it burns more calories to chew it than it contains. Peanut butter gives you 4 grams of protein per tablespoon so a few of these will give you a good dose. Aim for the low fat or low sugar variety to avoid the unneeded calories.
These can be a bit on the expensive side if you don’t shop carefully, but one ounce of pumpkin seeds can give you five grams of protein along with vitamins and minerals.
Oatmeal often gets overlooked, but it is a great protein source. Plus, the fiber oatmeal contains will make sure your digestive system is working properly. Half a cup of old fashioned oatmeal contains five grams of protein. If you are purchasing those extra sugary instant oatmeal packs, they probably aren’t as healthy for you.
A Quick and Easy Protein Shake
With so many protein shakes on the market, it is important to choose carefully. Don’t grab those ones that are high in calories and carbs. Instead, find a nice tasting protein shake that is only about 150 calories or so, low in carbs, and contains close to 30 grams of protein per shake.
Everyone Say Cheese!
People instantly think that cheese is high in carbs. And while there are some kinds of cheeses that can have quite a few carbs in them, take some time to read the nutritional label and you will come away with a couple that are low in carbs and perfect for a high protein snack. For instance, one slice of cheddar cheese has seven grams of protein in it.
Broccoli is high on my list of food items I can live without. When I order a meal in a restaurant and broccoli comes out on the plate, I just push it off to the side and pretend it is not there. However, one cup of broccoli contains three grams of protein. Being able to get your protein from vegetables can be handy if you are avoiding meat.
Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans)
Beans contain a good amount of protein and chickpeas are the ones that give you the most bang for your buck. They are high in protein and fiber. One cup of cooked chickpeas has about 15 grams of protein. Not too shabby!
Put down those potato chips that are full of unhealthy calories and pick up some beef jerky instead. Back in the old west, people used to carry jerky around with them all the time. It was the perfect snack as it was tasty and it lasted forever. Plus, even just a little amount of it could provide you 12 grams of protein or more.
When I get those sandwiches that are made nowadays without bread and just wrapped in lettuce, they usually leave me with a big mess on my hands. However, a turkey roll-up is easy to make and could easily provide you 10 grams of protein. Simply take a couple of slices of turkey and roll up some vegetables with a bit of cream cheese. A quick and healthy snack!
A Can of Tuna Fish
Depending upon the size of the can, you are looking at anywhere from 20 to 30 grams of protein in a can of tuna fish. I just open the can, squeeze out the excess water, and eat it on a couple of crackers.
Hopefully, these ten high protein low-carb snacks will provide you enough options so you never have to go back to eating chips and cookies. These healthy alternatives should become a food staple for the entire family.
Prepare these snacks ahead of time and you will be more likely to grab them when you are looking for something to munch on.
Looking for other protein rich foods!? How about these delicious yet healthy protein rich flour less brownies!
Happy healthy snacking!