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At one point or another during the day, we all crave a nice and delicious snack to munch on.
And while preparing and eating an entire meal might be a bit too much, or take too much time, you can always rely on a good snack to satisfy you and keep your hunger at bay.
When it comes to snacking and losing weight, you certainly want to be doing it right.
Here, you’ll find 35 amazing snacks that are high in protein, and low in calories, which will keep you full, and help you lose weight easily.
Most of these are below 100 or 150 calories, can all be made ahead of time, and will fit perfectly into your meal prep routine too.
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Snacking And Weight Loss
When it comes to losing weight, the role of snacks are still controversial. On one hand, some people believe they can foil your efforts, while on the other hand, some believe it is beneficial and can help you lose weight.
Well, which is it then? For me, I believe snacking can be very beneficial for weight loss, but only if done right.
Losing weight without feeling hungry all the time is always the best way to go. If you’re feeling hungry all the time, then you’re doing it wrong.
We all know that protein, is a very important macronutrient. Apart from bone building and muscle mass development, protein also helps increase satiety and reduce hunger cravings.
So if you’re trying to shed some pounds, getting meals, and snacks that have a good protein content is a great way to go.
These healthy snacks pack a decent protein punch, while also being low in calories, so as to help you maintain a good calorie deficit while still satisfying your cravings and feeling full.
You’ll find some quick ideas you can get at home or at the store, as well as some amazing recipes that are super quick and easy to make, and super delicious too.
Let’s dive in.
High Protein Low Calorie Snack Ideas
Here are some quick high protein low calorie snack ideas you can combine at home, or easily get at the store.
- Hard boiled eggs – Eggs are a good source of protein, and are also low in calories. One large egg contains about 70 calories and 6g of protein.
- Edamame – Edamame beans are super nutritious and healthy as well. A whooping 100g serving contains 122 calories and 11g of protein.
- Beef jerky – A 1oz serving of beef jerky contains 116 calories and 9g of protein.
- Pan-roasted shrimp – Shrimp packs just barely 100 calories per 100g serving, and delivers 24g of protein.
- Nuts or nut mix (almonds, walnuts, pistachios, peanuts etc) – Nuts are well known for their high fat and protein content, which will keep you full.
- Roasted chickpeas – when it comes to plant-based sources of protein, chickpeas are one of the best. A one ounce serving packs as much as 5g protein, and as little as 103 calories.
- Apple slices with peanut butter
- Homemade granola
- Veggies (e.g celery and carrot) with hummus
- Berries and Greek yoghurt
- Baked Scallops
- Green smoothie with veggies (e.g spinach) and nut milk
- Tuna on cucumber slices
- Cottage cheese and sliced fruits (e.g bananas, apples)
- Yoghurt with sunflower seeds
High Protein Low Calorie Snack Recipes
Delicious recipes you can make in a jiffy and enjoy on the go. They’re super easy and super yummy.
16) Chocolate Peppermint Energy Balls
Enjoying delicious chocolate doesn’t have to come with a load of guilt. These yummy high protein snacks combine the nutritional and tasty goodness of pitted dates, coconut butter, chocolate and more into one perfect mix, and covered in shredded coconut.
It takes only 6 simple ingredients to create this, and just about 5 minutes in total. No oven needed here. Plus, it’s also weight loss friendly, with each serving coming up at just about 70 calories.
17) Easy 4 Ingredient No Bake Protein Bars
You don’t need to throw in a million ingredients to get that perfect tasty treat. These healthy and nutritious bars use just 4 simple ingredients and still pack a great taste in each bite.
And at just 6g net carbs and 73 calories per serving, it is perfect for people on low carb and ketogenic diets, as well as vegans. Plus it comes together in just about 5 minutes.
18) Frozen Yogurt Bark with Pomegranate & Dark Chocolate
Frozen yoghurt makes a nice treat just as good as liquid yoghurt. But this one takes it a step further, by adding in some delicious dark chocolate chips, pomegranate and shredded coconut.
The mix is tasty, and quite healthy and can be made in just a few minutes. You can also throw in your favorite crushed nuts and seeds if you’d like. Once it’s done chilling in the fridge, you’ll want to keep trying it over and over again.
19) Easy Low Carb Crackers
Your regular crackers are higher in carbs and can’t quite be enjoyed on a low carb diet. Plus, they don’t really pack that much of a nutritional punch.
These low carb crackers however, are just as tasty, more nutritious and super healthy. You don’t even need to be on a low carb diet to enjoy them. Made with the right combination of nut flours, seeds and cheese, you’re sure to get addicted.
It takes less than 30 minutes to make these from start to finish and each serving comes out at just 0.2g net carbs and 21 calories per cracker.
20) Homemade Korean Beef Jerky
Beef is another good source of protein as well as vitamins B12, B12, zinc and selenium. This homemade Korean beef jerky is a good way to enjoy well spiced and delicious meat as a healthy snack.
Plus, it’s great for the kids and picky eaters and requires only a handful of ingredients to put together. This recipe packs a whopping 10.5g of protein, and only 67 calories.
21) Gingerbread Protein Truffles
These gingerbread truffles make the perfect holiday treat that everyone will definitely enjoy. Made with gingersnap cookies, nut butter and coconut flour, and covered with white chocolate, they come out pretty irresistible.
This recipe doesn’t require any baking, and the truffles take just about 30 minutes to get ready. Store these in the fridge and enjoy when the cravings hit
22) Healthy Lemon Raspberry Muffins
You can always count on muffins for a quick and easy breakfast, or a nice snack to keep you satisfied during the day. These delicious muffins are completely flourless, and bursting with flavor.
Although low in sugar, they still taste great thanks to the banana, raspberry and lemon zest in them, making them ok even for people on low carb diets. It takes just 30 minutes to prepare these, and they store well in the fridge too.
23) Tomato And Basil Lentil Chips
Lentils are also another plant-based protein-rich source you can enjoy. Plus, they are so versatile and fit into quite a wide range of delicious recipes.
These healthy chips are made with soaked and blended lentils, and tomato puree and spiced to greatness. They are a perfect substitute to store bought chips, plus are tastier and make a great guilt-free snack.
24) Peanut Butter Protein Balls
Enjoy that yummy peanut butter and chocolatey goodness, ready in less than 10 minutes, and with just 5 ingredients. Each serving packs a nice 5.5g of protein, and only 58 calories.
25) Protein Cookies
Its cookie time again. And unlike your regular store bought cookies, you can enjoy these without guilt.
Packed with the nutritional goodness of bananas and oats, as well as delicious chocolate to make it all better, these cookies come out below 100 calories per serving, and deliver 6g of protein too.
26) Apple Cinnamon Protein Cookies
An apple a day won’t just keep the doctors away. Now, it’ll keep your cravings at bay. These apple cinnamon protein cookies are as delicious as they are healthy.
With only 6 ingredients and under 15 minutes, these cookies come to life. And they pack just 65 calories and 4g of protein per cookie, so you can enjoy them without guilt.
27) Chocolate Protein Cookies
Super easy and delicious, and ready in under 30 minutes from scratch. Enjoy as a quick snack or even for dessert if you’d like. Each cookie is rich in fiber, protein and is under 70 calories.
28) Protein Peanut Butter Truffles
Satisfying your sweet tooth the healthy way doesn’t have to be that difficult. These peanut butter and chocolate bites require just 5 ingredients, pack a nice 5g of protein and are contain very well below 100 calories.
29) Banana Bread Protein Muffins
Indulge your cravings easily, with these banana bread muffins. At just 60 calories per serving, they are way healthier than what you’d get at your local bakery. And yet they’re just as yummy and nutrient rich.
30) Low Carb Cauliflower Tots
Having veggies as a snack is not as boring as you might think. When it comes to healthy vegetables, cauliflower is one of the best. Its highly nutritious, low in calories and very versatile.
These cauliflower tots are super easy, and come together with just a handful of ingredients required. Each tot packs 2g of protein and just 26 calories.
31) Baked Zucchini Chips
Zucchini is another wonderful veggie you should not be missing out on. These zucchini chips baked with parmesan are tasty, healthy, and are a great substitute for your regular store bought potato chips.
Each wholesome serving of this will give you just below 100 calories, and still satisfy your cravings easily. Whip these up in less than 30 minutes and enjoy.
32) Healthy Banana Oatmeal Snack Cake
You’d have never guessed that these were healthy, or low calorie. But they are (just 100 calories per serving), and making them couldn’t be any easier.
33) Classic Deviled Eggs
If regular hard boiled eggs sound too boring for you, then the classic devilled eggs are just the thing. Packed with creamy goodness, they’re more enjoyable, plus they always make a great appetizer or snack.
34) Smoked Salmon Pinwheels
Seafood like salmon, are a good and healthy source of omega 3 fatty acids that improve heart health and help lower cholesterol. Combined with healthy veggies, cheese and tortillas, you can create a nice healthy snack ready at a moment’s notice.
Sure to satisfy your cravings and keep you full.
35) No-Bake Energy Bites
Snacking doesn’t have to be that complicated. Thanks to these high protein low calorie snacks, you can satisfy your cravings and still lose weight easily.
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