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For busy moms, high protein snacks you can eat on the go are a must. When we’re so busy we have difficulty making time for a shower, it’s easy to fall into unhealthy habits like eating convenience foods full of empty calories.
And it’s not just us we have to worry about. Even though your kids may not listen when you tell them to do chores, you can bet they’re going to follow your lead when they see you reaching for a bag of chips instead of a handful of nuts.
Am I the only one who worries her children are hard of hearing until I try to unwrap a piece of chocolate in private? I swear, they can hear the sound of a wrapper opening from the neighbor’s house!
So, for our children’s sake, as well as our own, it’s worth a couple extra minutes each week to make sure we’ve stocked up on grab-and-go snacks that are actually good for us.
Why High Protein Snacks?
There are obviously lots of healthy snack choices that aren’t necessarily high in protein. Trust me, I’m not going to have any guilt about eating an apple or some carrot sticks!
However, the benefit of choosing high protein snacks is that they’ll satisfy your hunger longer. For my kids, this is important because they don’t have the ability to snack whenever they want during the school day. For me, this means I can spend more time getting things done and less time foraging for food.
Another reason to focus on high protein snacks is that they require some extra planning. Most convenience snacks are high in carbohydrates. It’s easy to find high-carb snacks on the go.
If you want to strike a balance, which is what a healthy diet looks like, we need to be more conscientious about working protein into our diet.
It’s possible you get sufficient protein in your meals, but if you’re like most people, you either skip breakfast or have a breakfast that’s mostly carbs (e.g. cereal, bagel, muffin). That means you need to get 12 ounces of protein from your lunch and dinner which can be hard if you usually eat 4 or 5-ounce servings of meat.
Finally, protein is a macronutrient that helps support your bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, blood, hair and nails. If you skimp on protein during the day, you’re doing a great disservice to your entire body!
High Protein Snacks You Can Eat on the Go
At the bottom of the post, you’ll find a printable list of high protein snack ideas. I added several ideas to give you options, but for me, it’s easier to have a few staples that I always keep stocked.
I love cheese but have somehow given birth to two children who hate cheese. That means if I want to enjoy it, I have to have it at lunch or snack time. That’s why string cheese (I’m partial to the jalapeno jack) is always in my fridge.
However, when I get hungry, my dangerous cravings go in one of two directions. I want something salty, or I want something sweet.
I satisfy salty cravings with nuts and seeds that are lightly salted. My favorites are almonds and pumpkin seeds. These save me from potato chip temptation.
Sweet cravings are a little tougher. My sweet tooth doesn’t accept a piece of fruit as an acceptable alternative to chocolate, and fruit doesn’t satisfy my hunger very long anyway.
Occasionally, I plan ahead and make protein cookies. But that doesn’t happen as often as I need it to for my demanding sweet tooth.
So, to be prepared for sweet cravings, I keep a supply of protein bars and protein shakes on hand. They are super easy to grab on my way out the door and toss in my purse or the kids’ backpacks.
When shopping for protein bars and shakes, I look for the most protein with the fewest calories and sugar and great taste is an absolute must. Premier Protein has always been my favorite since it’s the only one that manages to deliver on all three. That’s why I jumped at the chance to review their new flavors.
Premier Protein recently came out with two new shake flavors – Cookies & Cream and Peaches & Cream. Each one contains 30g protein but only 1g sugar and 160 calories.
I am not kidding, these both pass easily for dessert! Normally, I grab one out of the fridge as my makeshift breakfast on my way out the door to drop my daughter at running club. But when I have time, I put it in the blender with some ice and it is just like a milkshake.
I’m a chocolate lover, so I’m partial to the Cookies & Cream, but the Peaches & Cream is equally sweet and creamy. BTW, it makes a great popsicle if you pour it in a popsicle mold and freeze it!
You can find both flavors at your local Walmart or Sam’s Club. The Premier Protein Peaches & Cream shakes are also available at Costco. If you prefer to shop online, you can also order directly from www.PremierProtein.com.
Printable High Protein Snacks List
Above, I shared my favorite go-to high protein snacks, but there are far more to choose from!
I’ve created this printable list so you can keep it in your pantry, on the fridge, or wherever you sit down to write out your grocery list. Hopefully, it will make it easier for you to keep these healthy snack choices stocked.