When we work out, our bodies need ample protein to rebuild muscle and keep us looking and feeling healthy and strong. Because our bodies cannot store amino acids– the building blocks of protein–like they store fat, we must get our protein through the foods we eat. This is especially important when we work out. Here are 10 Protein-Packed Workout Snacks to help you ensure that your workout gives you maximum results.
1. A Turkey or Tuna Sandwich on Whole Grain Bread
Both turkey and tuna are lean proteins that are also low in calories. Slap some on a couple of slices of whole grain bread and top it off with some veggies for a powerful protein-rich snack.
2. Quinoa Protein Bars (pictured above)
These delicious bars are the perfect post-workout food because they provide a winning combination of complex carbs and muscle-building protein.
3. A Hard Boiled Egg
Eggs are nutrient-dense and rich in protein. If hard-boiled eggs aren’t your style, an egg white and veggie omelette will do the trick. Learn more about the health benefits of eggs here.
What better way to ensure that you’re getting your protein than with a smoothie that tastes as good as this one!
5. Greek Yogurt with Fruit and Nuts
Greek yogurt contains a whopping 15-20 grams of protein in a single serving. Steer clear of sweetened varieties, or those with fruit already in them. Mix in your own fresh fruit and some crushed nuts to increase the nutrition factor, and try this tasty Skinny Berry Parfait.
6. Cottage Cheese with Sliced Pears
Cottage Cheese is an excellent high-protein snack to help you stay full between meals. Just 1/2 cup contains 14 grams of protein with only 81 calories!
7. Sliced Apples and Peanut Butter
Peanut Butter, when used in moderation, is a fabulous high protein snack addition. A serving size should only be about 1 tbsp. Try this A-M-A-Z-I-N-G Skinny Peanut Butter-Yogurt Dip, made with only two ingredients.
Lentils pack a powerful nutritional punch. One cup of lentils contain a whopping 22 grams of protein! Have a hearty bowl of Lentil Veggie Stew.
Nuts are loaded with protein. And, while nuts are also high in fat, it’s healthy monounsaturated fat. They do contain a lot of calories, though, so be sure to only grab a handful. Ready for a snack, have these Skinny Slow Cooker – Cinnamon Honey & Nuts.
10. String Cheese and Grapes
Mozzarella cheese is high in protein to help you build lean muscle mass. Pair string cheese with antioxidant-rich grapes to add a little more strength to your nutritional punch.