One question I get asked a lot is what to eat for a snack. Somehow some people think that you can only eat "snack food" for snack, like fruit and nuts. But you can also eat normal, real clean food for snack, just make a smaller portion!
Eating snacks is important if you are trying to hit your fitness or weight loss results. When you eat regularly, every 3-4 hours, you keep your blood sugar levels stable and avoid the ravenous hunger which easily will lead to over-eating. It is also easier to hit your protein needs when you eat protein 4 or 5 times a day, instead of just 2 or 3 times a day.
A good snack is rich in protein, and includes healthy carbohydrates in moderation and some good quality fats as well. Stay away from sugar and refined carbs, since those will just make you more tired and sabotage your fat loss attempts.
I have collected for you 10 different snack options, which all have around 200 kcal, and are rich in protein. As you can see, you can get the same amount of calories and hit your daily macro needs with many food combinations!
10 x 200 KCAL PROTEIN RICH SNACKS
Snack 1: Nuts and berries
30 g cashews + 140 g strawberries
Snack 2: Chia pudding
35 g chia seeds (mixed with 300 ml water) + 90 g apple
Snack 3: Peanut butter with berries
30 g peanut butter + 140 g strawberries
Snack 4: Banana with almond butter
25 g almond butter + 50 g banana
Snack 5: Turkey salad
60 g turkey breast + 60 g boiled rice or quinoa + 1 cup lettuce
Snack 6: Black bean salad
60 g black beans + 60 g boiled rice or quinoa + ¼ apple
Snack 7: Protein-chia smoothie or pudding
30 g protein powder + 10 g chia seeds + 20 g banana
Snack 8: Chickpeas
100 g chickpeas + 70 g celery + 15 g cashew nuts
Snack 9: Salmon with strawberries
90 g smoked salmon + 150 g strawberries + fresh mint
Snack 10: Tofu
150 g organic tofu + 50 g bell pepper
Vary your snack every day and you won't get bored! :)
Have an awesome day!
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