It is so easy to fall off the wagon when our days get busy. To make sure this doesn’t happen you should always have a healthy protein rich snack handy. Here are ten snack ideas that will help you beat cravings while on the go:
1. Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin Seeds are super healthy and loaded with protein. To give this snack a little kick you can cover them in curry powder and a little sea salt. Roast them in the oven for 20 minutes at 300 degrees.
2. Beef Jerky
This is probably the easiest snack on the planet. There are hundreds of different brands out there that offer beef jerky with just as many different flavors. Choose a brand that is low in sodium and you’ll be good to go.
Hummus is an allround talent. You can eat it with wheat crackers, dip some celery or carrots in it, or use it as a spread for a sandwich.
Before I became vegan tuna was my go to snack. I loved it because I didn’t have to prepare anything and could eat it right out of the can. It doesn’t get much easier than that. If you want it a little bit “fancier” you can add some salt and pepper or even yogurt (yes, I said yogurt) and it becomes a delicious dip.
5. Peanut Butter and Apple Slices
Not only does peanut butter contain healthy fats, it also has a lot of protein. Slice an apple and dip it into the butter and you have a healthy and easy to prepare snack. Watch out for the calories, though. 2 Tablespoons of peanut butter have around 200 calories!
6. Protein Bar
If you have no other choice, you can always resort to a protein bar. Nowadays you find protein bars even at the gas station. And even though most of them have a good amount of sugar (read the labels!!) they are still better than chips.
7. Greek Yogurt
This is another one of my “Before-Veganism-Snacks”. Greek yogurt is a lot creamier than regular yogurt. And while it has a lot of fat, it also contains a lot of protein and helps to keep you full longer. You can add walnuts, fruits, or simply a little bit of maple syrup to create a delicious snack.
8. Roasted Chickpeas
You can either buy roasted chickpeas or make them yourself. For the DIY version simply spread some chickpeas on baking paper, sprinkle with olive oil, salt, and cayenne pepper and roast until golden brown (20-30 minutes).
9. Overnight Oats
Overnight oats require some preparation the night before (hence the name “overnight oats” duh!) but therefore you can just grab them in the morning and run out the door. Here’s a great recipe for overnight oats:
40g steel cut oats
180g unsweetened coconut milk
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 teaspoon maple syrup (optional)
Mix everything together, put it in a jar, and keep in the refrigerator overnight. You can either heat it up in the morning or eat it cold with some blueberries as a topping.
Edamame are soy beans. You can get ready-to-eat at edamame at almost every grocery store that offers fresh sushi. Sprinkle them with a little bit of sea salt and voila: best snack ever! 😉
Written by: Jen
(The Online Personal Trainer for Women)