I have heard every excuse as to why someone cannot eat a meal or snack at certain times of the day. The most popular excuse I get is “I’m too busy”. While it’s true that eating at regular intervals can be difficult, especially when work or home life gets in the way, it is not impossible but it does take a little preparation in order to do it consistently and correctly. Here are 5 snacks you can pack to help yourself consistently “feed your machine” throughout the day and avoid overeating at your next meal
1) Protein Bars
Protein bars are a convenient and easily transportable snack that can be used in between meals to satiate hunger. When picking a protein bar for a snack aim for less than 200 calories, and make sure it has at least 15 grams of protein.
2) Beef Jerky
Beef jerky is a protein-packed snack that is low in carbs. When choosing a jerky try to find one that limits artificial ingredients, and if you have blood pressure issues be aware that jerky is high in sodium.
3) Soy Nuts
Soy nuts are another high protein, low carb snacking option. You can buy them by the bagful or in convenient 100 calorie packs. When choosing soy nuts read the label carefully and make sure they are dry-roasted to avoid extra calories associated with the oil-roasted varieties.
I tell my clients all the time, the egg is most likely the perfect food; packed with protein and transportable in its own little shell. You can hard boil a number of them and save them in your fridge for an easy snack on-the-go. To avoid excess calories I advise eating one whole egg and 1-2 whites.
5) Protein Shakes
Protein shakes should be a staple in the diets of people trying to gain muscle and lose weight. Not all shakes are created equal however, and it is advised to read the labels carefully to avoid high fat, high sugar varieties. Instead look for a brand that has 100-200 calories, almost no sugars, and at least 15 grams of protein.
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