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7 High-Protein Snacks That Actually Taste Good
Dietary protein isn't just important for body builders and Paleo diet devotees. "Consuming just carbohydrates, like pretzels or fruit, raises the blood sugar level and then drops it, leaving you hungry again quickly. But high-protein snacks keep your energy levels more balanced and tame your appetite between meals," says Christina Strudwick, RD, sports dietitian for Ben Hogan Sports Medicine in Keller, Texas. Aim for five to 10 grams of protein per snack (at about 150 calories) for optimal fuel and muscle recovery, suggests Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, a FITNESS advisory board member and author of The Flexitarian Diet. When you're bored by eggs and oh-so-over store-bought bars, try these creative high-protein snacks.
Fit Foodie Finds
High-Protein Snacks: Paleo Protein Brookies
Following a Paleo diet? Fit Foodie Finds' brownie and cookie hybrid allows you to eat dessert while fulfilling all of your nutritional needs at snack time. Let the prehistoric rejoicing begin!
184 calories, 7 grams of protein
Get the recipe: Fit Foodie Finds
Simple Vegan Blog
High-Protein Snacks: Spicy Roasted Chickpeas
A sprinkle of lemon juice helps the paprika, garlic powder, cumin, and curry adhere to Simple Vegan Blog's garbanzo beans. (Psst...these would also be killer tossed in a salad in place of croutons or on a fancy hors d'oeuvre tray with meats, cheeses, and crudites.)
192 calories, 10 grams of protein
Get the recipe: Simple Vegan Blog
Eat Yourself Skinny
The Iron You
High-Protein Snacks: Buffalo Quinoa Bites
Healthy Happy Life
High-Protein Snacks: Green Sunshine Dip
The 11 grams of healthy fats in Happy Healthy Life's dip team up with the ample protein to keep you full for hours. Scoop up a serving with a handful of vegetable slices.
188 calories, 9 grams of protein
Get the recipe: Healthy Happy Life
High-Protein Snacks: Homemade Almond Crunch Protein Bars