18 Feb High Protein Low-Calorie Snacks
High Protein Low-Calorie Snacks
If you’re looking to add some extra protein into your diet, here are some quick, healthy and delicious snacks to get your taste buds excited AND boost your protein intake (I know, we can’t believe it either!).
// Frozen Greek Yogurt Bites
Protein: 8- 15 g per serving
Calories: 100 – 180
A great alternative to ice cream, greek yogurt is healthy and high in protein. It’s not only an amazing source of calcium but has also been shown to be more filling than yogurts with lower protein content. But be careful as some will contain added sugar. Turn your greek yogurt into a frozen treat by pouring it into an ice cube mould, adding some of your favourite nuts, berries and a spoon of honey (or a special treat add dark chocolate), and freeze them for an easy on-the-go snack.
// Lean Meat Roll Up
Protein: 9-13 g per serving
Calories: 13 – 50
A sandwich, but without the bread! Head to your local butchers or deli counter and grab a few slices to curb your cravings between meals. But be careful, some meats that are full of protein also contain a lot of fat! Opt for the lean meats like turkey, chicken, ham or roast beef. Slice up some thin veggies (eg, carrots, cucumber, peppers) and roll the meat around them for an easy-to-eat option (adding a spoon of cream cheese to each roll will give you even more protein).
// The Trusty Protein Shake
Protein: 20 g per serving (may vary depending on type)
Calories: 140 (may vary depending on type)
Although ideally you should try to get your protein from whole food sources, protein shakes make for an easy way of sneaking in that extra protein into your diet. Whey protein particularly, contains significantly fewer calories than others. Combine a scoop of powder with milk, water, or juice. Then add fruit, nuts and oats if desired–and SHAKE.
// Peanut Butter Energy Balls
Protein: 2-8 g per serving
5 ingredient. 10 minutes. This ‘no bake’ treat tastes so yummy, you’ll never believe it’s good for you. Tasting more like a dessert, these energy balls are a perfect snack for breakfast or can be a great pick-me-up when you’re feeling peckish. As peanut butter is high in healthy fats, even if you’re looking to shift some weight, this snack (in moderation) will help to curb your cravings. Combine 2 tsp peanut butter, 2 tsp chocolate chips, 1 tsp oats, 2 tsp ground flax seeds and 1/2 tsp of honey per ball. Then place in the refrigerator for 5 mins for ease of rolling. You can also make these in a batch, and keep them refrigerated (lasting for up to 1 week).
// Spicy Tuna Wheels
Protein: 5- 7 g per serving
A bite size snack that can also double up as a great appetiser! These spicy tuna wheels will not only look good, but will leave you feeling good too as it is high in nutrients, such as B vitamins and selenium. Combine 1 pack of drained tuna with 3 tbsp of mayonnaise, 2 tbsp sriracha, 1/2 tsp paprika, 1/4 tsp cayenne and a pinch salt and pepper. Apply a thin layer of spinach (avocado is also a great addition) to 1 tortilla before spreading the tuna mixture on top. DON’T OVERLOAD. Then, ROLL, and cut into pieces.
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