A protein-packed snack will help keep you feeling full until it's time for your next meal. Here, EatingWell offers up 15 dietitian-approved favorites.
"It's an important nutrient, helping to fill you up, and eating protein regularly throughout the day will help keep your energy levels up," says Chris Mohr, Ph.D., RD, of MohrResults.com. Because protein slows the digestion of carbohydrates, it prolongs the release of carbs and, thus, the energy you get from those carbs. "Including protein in your snacks will help you fight the afternoon slumps and, of course, fuel those (hopefully) hard-working muscles," adds Mohr. Plus, if you're trying to lose weight—or just keep your weight where it is—a protein-packed snack may be quite helpful.
To give you a point of reference, one large egg has 6 grams of protein. Here are 15 healthy, lower-carb snacks we recommend snacking on to deliver close to that amount of protein or more per serving.
Protein-packed and full of crunch, these Beef Thins are a great snack: each bag offers 13 grams of protein, and is Whole30-approved (if that's your thing!). "I've been enjoying their unique crunch when I want a break from chewy jerky. They remind me a little bit of a chip. I also love the simple ingredient list and it's such a convenient shelf-stable high-protein snack on the go," says Garcia.
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