Meat-free staples such as chickpeas and cottage cheese make for a great base for a delicious, high-protein snack low in calories. Here are some healthy options:
1. Cottage Cheese
- Grab your favorite whole-grain bread, and top it with low-fat 2% cottage cheese, fresh
herbs, and savory seasonings for a tasty snack. Cottage cheese makes the perfect
vegetarian high-protein base for any of your favorite toppings, both sweet and savory.
Besides its high protein content, cottage cheese is a great source of calcium. In addition
to its bone-health-boosting benefits, calcium is also necessary to keep your heart,
muscles, and nerves functioning properly.
2. Boiled Eggs
- While omelets and poached eggs are generally reserved for breakfast, hard-boiled eggs
are a great high-protein snack for any time of day. Eggs also contain choline content.
Choline helps keep your brain functioning properly, especially where your mood,
memory, and nervous system are concerned.
- Get more protein and vitamin E, a shortfall nutrient, in your diet by snacking on
almonds. One serving of almonds packs about as much protein as a whole egg, which
makes a handful of these nuts an excellent plant-based snack. Almonds are also an
excellent source of vitamin E. With its antioxidant properties, vitamin E is linked to
helping protect against the effects of free radical damage. Get the benefits of almonds by
trying almond butter, another high-protein snack. Keep in mind that, like almonds,
almond butter is calorie-dense, so you'll want to stick to the recommended portion sizes
(about 24 almonds).
4. Roasted Chickpeas
- Whether you sprinkle them onto a salad or enjoy them as a solo snack, roasted
chickpeas will add protein and a satisfying crunch to just about any meal. While you can
buy pre-packaged roasted chickpeas, you can also DIY with a can of garbanzo beans. All
you should do is drain the can, season, add a touch of avocado oil, and roast in the oven.
This snack is also a good source of fiber, providing about 5 grams per serving. Fiber will
help keep your blood sugar levels stable and keep you full for longer.
- Edamames provide nearly 20 grams of protein for under 200 calories a cup. Edamame is
an easy, quick snack you can make for your entire family. Plus, you can even find them shelled, making these beans super simple to eat on the go — just add a sprinkle of sea
salt. High in protein and fiber, edamame is also a great source of magnesium, providing
about 24 percent of the daily recommended value. Your body relies on magnesium to
help keep your muscles and nerves functioning properly.