Guest post written by Johnson Baker
Protein is the buzzword. From fitness enthusiasts to friends and neighbors, everyone is talking about protein shakes and bars…
But, what is protein and all this buzz around it?
Why Do You Need Protein?
Proteins are building blocks of your body. Found in every cell, they are made up of amino acids. Your muscles, bones, skin, nails, and hair, all need protein for healthy functioning. Protein is also used to make enzymes and hormones in the body.
They play a significant role in growth and development, repairing and producing new cells, and acting as antibodies against harmful bacteria and viruses.
Proteins offer the following benefits:
- Improved metabolism
- Improved bone health
- Keeps blood pressure in check
- Helps aid weight loss
- Reduces cravings
- Speeds up recovery after injury
Like carbohydrates and fats, protein is also a macronutrient, which your body requires in large amounts.
Considering all this, proteins are essential. Eating healthy sources of protein as per your body’s requirements is equally important.
Protein-Rich Snack Options
Whether it is a hectic day at work or unhealthy eating habits, there are several reasons your body may not get enough proteins. Proteins are so filling, they can replace a meal altogether.
Here are some healthy snack options rich in protein to help you fulfill your daily nutrient requirement.
1. Homemade Fruit and Nut Mix
Ditch the unhealthy packaged trail mix with artificial sweeteners and chocolates. Instead, go for a homemade mix, which is quick and easy to prepare.
Pick your favorite almonds – plain or flavored, cashews, walnuts, pistachios, and any other nuts you’d like in there. Add in some dried fruits like dates, raisins, figs, dried berries of your choice. Then, roughly chop a banana and mix it well.
Not only does this give you a healthy dose of protein but also good fats.
You can choose to add fresh berries instead of dried ones and drizzle some honey to give it a texture. If you like a smoky flavor, roast the nuts.
2. Hummus and Veggies
Take some boiled chickpeas, mash it along with olive oil, tahini, lemon juice, and garlic. Remove the dressing in a bowl, sprinkle dried paprika powder, drizzle some olive oil. The healthy, delicious spread of hummus is ready.
Chickpeas are packed with proteins and fibers, which not only keeps you full but also helps your digestive system. It is easy to make and can be eaten on the go. Pair them with raw veggies like carrots and cucumber. It will keep hunger and cravings at bay till your next meal.
3. Almond Butter
A versatile spread, almond butter can be used to make a variety of protein-rich snacks.
Spread it on multigrain or brown bread slices and add some veggies to make a sandwich. Or use it as a dip with multigrain crackers or raw vegetables. You can also eat them with fruit slices.
Give your regular sandwich a twist by replacing the bread with apple or pear slices. Spread almond butter on both the fruit slices and eat it as a sandwich. You can add chopped roasted almonds or your favorite seeds to add to its health quotient.
A mix of proteins, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals, these dishes make for a nutritious meal option.
4. Hard Boiled Eggs
Eggs are healthy, loaded with proteins and almost every nutrient vital for your body.
Hard boiled eggs make for a power-packed, filling and quick snack., which is easy to have anywhere, any time. Just boil some eggs and pop them whenever hunger strikes.
With one egg containing almost 6 grams of protein, eggs will keep you full until your next meal. So, you don’t have to worry about craving unhealthy snacks.
Have them plain or pair them up with bread to make a scrumptious meal.
5. Roasted Almonds
Health experts have been stressing on the importance of having almonds regularly because they are rich in protein, healthy fats, fibers and antioxidants. Let’s not forget about the vitamins and minerals they contain.
They help keep health issues at bay and even aid in weight loss. Apart from munching on raw almonds, you can roast them in ways to add variety to your snack options.
For a salty version, roast them in a pan with olive oil and sprinkle some salt over it. If you like sweet snacks, you can drizzle plain honey or honey syrup. You can also find ready natural, flavored almonds that are absolutely healthy and delicious.
Add these roasted almonds to salads, sandwiches, fruit bowls, or cereals for a nutritious meal.
There are several other high protein healthy snack varieties like peanut butter, avocado dishes, yogurt, energy bites, etc. for replacing fatty meals. Make your snack time fun and healthy with these alternatives.