It’s no secret that most guys enjoy a good snack. In fact, many of us try to make sure that snack is healthy, rich in protein and low in fat. Recent surveys reveal that 91 percent of adults snack at least once a day and 71 percent actively aim to add more protein to their diet. Adding low-sugar, high-protein snacks to your daily diet can help fuel weight loss efforts by boosting metabolism and reducing hunger pangs. Luckily, you don’t have to keep your bag full of meat in order to reap the benefits of high-protein snacks. There are plenty of healthy, portable, non-perishable ways to sneak some protein into snack time.
Here are five protein-packed snacks to keep you going throughout the day.
Protein per serving: 21g
Full of healthy fats, almonds are the king of nuts when it comes to casual snacking. They’re also full of vitamin E, an excellent antioxidant booster according to Harvard’s School for Public Health.
- Pumpkin seeds
Protein per serving: 19g
Not only are pumpkin seeds a great source of protein, they’re loaded with zinc, which bolsters the male sex drive according to the Journal of Reproductive Studies.
- Mozzarella sticks
Protein per serving: 15g
Keep fresh mozzarella sticks in the fridge. You’ll enjoy the nutritional benefits without the pizza weighing you down. Since mozzarella comes from milk, it’s packed with calcium and protein, shoring up bones as well as muscle and providing a great post-gym snack to keep your metabolism burning fat.
- Beef or turkey jerky
Protein per serving: 25g
Beef or turkey jerky is the perfect manly man snack to keep on hand. Just be sure to watch the sugar and salt content, as some brands tend to go overboard on these.
- Greek Yogurt
Protein per serving: 11g
Naturally high in protein, the strength of Greek yoghurt is in its versatility. Add fresh fruit for a little something extra, or throw in some granola for much-needed fiber. You can even add a few nuts for an even bigger protein hit.