An essential part of any healthy diet, it seems that everyone from athletes to dieters are focused on fitting in enough protein. It helps maintain practically everything from our fingernails to our muscles, so getting your fill each day is key. If your current diet is lacking in protein, try one of these snack ideas for an easy boost.
Greek Yogurt Parfait
This tasty snack offers about 17 grams of protein per container, but that’s not all. The yogurt also packs in probiotics, which help with digestion and vitamin B12, which helps with energy and brain function. Add in your favorite fruit and granola for even more benefits (just make sure the granola is light on sugar).
There’s a reason so many people start their day with this classic breakfast staple—it’s packed with protein (more than six grams in one egg), amino acids and choline (a nutrient important for liver function and brain health). And when you hard boil them, they’re super easy to take along with you. While many people opt for egg whites, the yolk contains many of the nutrients, so it’s important to eat whole eggs, when possible.
Hummus and Veggies
Made from chickpeas, hummus is a great option, as it’s packed with plant-based protein. With almost 20 grams of protein in one cup of store-bought hummus, it makes for a satisfying snack. Portion out a few tablespoons (3-5 tablespoons is a good snack size) and Bring along your favorite vegetables for a crunch and some extra nutrients.
This tasty and delicious snack is a great source of protein, with just half a cup of mixed nuts containing almost 12 grams. The convenient and portable snack is also a good source of vitamins, fiber and healthy fats—and studies suggest nuts help promote heart health. A mix of nuts is a usually a good idea so you don’t get tired of one kind, just don’t forget to watch the sodium with this snack.
This complete protein has long been an underrated diet food. Just one cup of low fat cottage cheese contains 28 grams of protein, along with vitamins and minerals. Add fresh fruit for a classic way to enjoy cottage cheese or branch out and add it to a smoothie for an on-the-go treat.