Ask The Trainer:"What are some protein packed snacks?"
Feb 12, 2019
Christian Agudelo, ACSM - CPT
Jerky is very high in protein, containing an impressive 9 grams per ounce (28 grams). Trail Mix is another good source of protein. You get about 8 grams in a 2oz serving. You can add more protein by adding almonds or pistachios to the mix. Greek yogurt is an ideal healthy and high-protein snack, with 20 grams of protein per one-cup serving (224 grams). It has been shown to be more filling than yogurts with lower protein contents. Tuna is loaded with protein and makes a very healthy and convenient snack. One cup contains an impressive 39 grams of protein.
Earvin Bahena, NSCA - CSCS
Hummus with veggies is one of my go to snacks to eat. A ⅓ cup of hummus contains 6.5 grams of protein and very easy to take on the road. A protein bar is also high in protein with some bars containing anywhere from 15-30 g of protein. While these bars are high in protein make sure you read the ingredients because some can also be very high in sugar. If you want to have something homemade you can do an overnight oatmeal. You fill a jar with ½ cup of oatmeal and ½ cup of your choice of milk and you add chia seeds and berries and even peanut butter to add more protein, let this sit overnight and in the morning you have a portable breakfast.
Spencer O'Neil, NASM- CPT
Cottage cheese is one of my favorite protein packed snacks. With 25 grams of protein per cup it is a great snack for clients who are constantly on the go. Quinoa is another great option because it's something that you can mix with other protein enriched foods like Broccoli. Shrimp is another great protein filled food that is easy to eat on the go. With 90% of its calorie content coming from protein its packed with fuel to help you recover.
You have the option of keeping it simple with Tuna fish contains 20 grams of protein in a 3 ounce serving paired with celery or carrots is delicious snack, Eggs: Hard boiled contain 6 grams of protein each. Almond butter 7 grams of protein per serving of 2 Tablespoons or Peanut butter at 8 grams of protein per 2 tablespoons paired with celery sticks or apples. If you like to be creative try making egg white bites 12 grams of protein, in a muffin tray with bell peppers, mushrooms or other veggies. Protein powder contain 20-30 grams of protein, make sure to check content for good ingredients, low sugar, pair that with some almond milk or milk of your choice and it makes a delicious creamy shake.