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Quick & easy protein snacks

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Power up with protein-rich snacks

If your energy takes a nosedive every afternoon, don’t reach for the candy jar. Instead, power up with one of these quick and easy protein-packed snacks.

Power up with protein-rich snacks

If you suffer from the dreaded afternoon slump, the last thing you need is a sugary snack that will give you a quick high followed by a dramatic drop in blood sugar. Give yourself the boost you need with a high-protein snack that will keep you feeling energized and focused all the way to dinnertime.

Power up with protein-rich snacksGo nutty.

Nuts are the perfect portable snack. Not only are they packed with protein, fiber and healthy fats, but they're also irresistibly delicious. Try a handful of walnuts, almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds or peanuts to boost your energy and mental concentration. Give some of these other nutty snacks a shot, too:

  • 1 rice cake with a dollop of almond butter
  • 1 stalk of celery with peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt with crushed walnuts and a drizzle of raw honey

Power up with protein-rich snacksGet fruity.

These wholesome snacks combine healthy carbs with protein and fiber for long-burning energy:

  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese topped with fresh berries
  • a handful of trail mix with nuts and dried fruit
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt with sliced mango

Power up with protein-rich snacksPower up with a smoothie.

Rev up your afternoon with a power smoothie packed with protein, fiber and nourishing ingredients such as almond milk, silken tofu, Greek yogurt, ground flaxseed and protein powder.

Power up with protein-rich snacksCrack an egg.

It's no wonder bodybuilders love eggs. They are the perfect protein source and can be cooked into almost anything. For the greatest health benefits, choose free-range eggs that have been enriched with omega-3 fatty acids.

Power up with protein-rich snacksSpill the beans.

Beans get a bad rap for their "musical" qualities, but they are a rich source of protein, carbohydrates and dietary fiber. Fiber-rich foods such as beans help your body to clean itself out, remove toxins from your digestive tract, and keep you looking and feeling young.

  • 1 handful roasted soy nuts
  • 1/2 black bean and cheese burrito
  • 1/4 cup hummus and pita chips

Power up with protein-rich snacksBe cheesy.

Cheese lovers, rejoice: Now you have even more reasons to indulge in this creamy food of the gods.

  • 1 small cheese quesadilla
  • 1 mini sandwich with turkey and cheese
  • 1 spicy jalapeño cheese stick and 2 whole-wheat crackers

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