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31 high-protein snacks that make you feel strong, energetic and healthy

Michelle Dudash, RD, is nationally recognized as an expert in teaching people how health and food can happily co-exist. Through her 18 years of food business experience as a Le Cordon Bleu certified chef having cooked at a five star rest...

Yummy and healthy protein snacks you can stuff in your purse for later

If you want glowing skin, shiny hair and strong nails (and not to feel like total crap after 3 p.m. each day), then you want more protein in your life — from as many healthy sources as possible. We talk a lot about protein when it comes to food. It's the main component that makes up our organs, muscles and tissues, and critical processes in the body, like digestion and metabolism, depend on it. Making sure you get enough protein at key points throughout the day can prevent that dreaded afternoon energy crash and may also help your body fight off infection and disease.

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But as so many of us have learned the hard way, strict high-protein diets can get boring, fast. Fortunately tastier options do exist beyond plain egg whites and canned tuna. Here is the hit list of nutritiously delicious, simple snacks that are packed with good-quality protein and are under 200 calories per serving.

Yummy and healthy protein snacks you can stuff in your purse for later
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Snacks with 5 grams of protein or more

  • 49 pistachios (pair with 2 dried apricots)
  • 1 hard-boiled egg drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 part-skim mozzarella cheese stick
  • 2 tablespoons of peanut butter (pair with sliced apples)
  • 8-ounce glass of milk (pair with any snack, or indulge with 2 small cookies)
  • 1/4 cup of shredded cheddar (melt onto 10 whole-grain tortilla chips in the microwave)
  • 1/4 cup of trail mix containing mostly nuts
  • 2 no-bake cinnamon bun oatmeal-raisin cookie protein bites
  • 21 almonds
  • Various DIY high-protein snacks
  • 1/4 cup of hummus dip (pair with carrot and celery sticks)
  • 1 ounce of natural turkey jerky
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