High Protein Snack Ideas

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In this post you will learn or get reminded what constitutes a high protein snack.

There are so many products making claims of being high in protein but carry so much sugar that it makes them no better than a ordinary candy bar!

That is what is observed in the grocery stores; while on the health food aisle, reading the labels to find suitable snacks that will not hurt your diet.

Store Aisle
Grocery Aisle

What you will see is that about 80% or more of the products that advertise to get high protein healthy alternatives, contain the same amounts of sugar or carbs as a typical candy bar.

It becomes very frustrating and would get understandable to walk away! But, we cannot do that without paying a Hugh price on our health.

Some studies show a correlation between eating a higher percentage of protein in food (meals) will produce a more satiated feeling.

Someone can anticipate this satiated feeling from replacing high sugar/carbs with high protein content snacks.

What Are the Good Protein Bars?

That is a very subjective question; because it depends on what you are looking for in the protein bar.

People who are weight lifting and want to the increase their protein consumption, they are looking to supplement their protein levels and give the body what it needs to rebuild tissue.

Some are looking for better alternative snacks to candy bars or other sugary treats.

People with diabetes can use protein bars to help control their diets, in the beginning, this was crucial for me because switching to a diabetic diet is not an easy thing to do!

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Balanced Diet

Everyone should strive to reduce the amounts of processed food from their diets, that brings the question of how good protein bars are for your health?

Choosing the best nutrition is the first item on the list. Reading the labels and determining if the ingredients look like they are mostly natural or at least as close to natural as possible.

Everyone’s dietary needs are different; for most people, selecting a product that has the lest amount of sugar or carbs, is going to get a priority.

There is a formula; it is an easy way to compare the products when in the store. Add the grams of protein and fiber together then subtract grams of carbs. The results will let you a general net carbs number that is easy to compare.

Most of the products come up to a +15 grams of carbs or better which is unacceptable for a diabetic diet and will not be suitable for ordinary people’s diets either.

When the number is close to zero or even a negative number that product is worth looking at closer.

High Protein Diet Food List:

On the top of the high protein content food list is lean meats:

  • Tuna (packed in water)
  • Skinless Chicken and Turkey (not fried)
  • Beef jerky (preferred homemade)
  • 90% lean ground Beef
  • Pork Loin
Protein sources
High Protein Content

Vegetarians can find good sources of protein in plant-based nuts, nut butters and seeds. And, in dairy products such as eggs, and other low-fat dairy products.

If it needs to get cooked, it does not help the convenience factor for quick snacks, but when there is the time it could get considered.

Low fat cottage cheese is an excellent source of protein for those who like it. Personally, cannot get by the taste of it! But it contains 28 grams of protein per cup.

There are differing opinions on whether any of this is a healthy choice just like everything else out there.

The main thing is to take it all in stride and figure out what works best for you.

Does Protein Help to Gain Weight?

There are several ways this question applies to different dietary scenarios. In this section, we will cover some examples.

My 10-year-old daughter is a little underweight and needs to gain some weight to put her back in the correct ranges for the Doctors charts.

She is observing the dietary changes that I have done in the past six months and likes to mimic what I am doing. The protein bars are something that she loves and is always eating one every day!

Diet choices

Is this good for a ten-year-old? Is it better than candy? I sure would think that it is. I do not believe that it is going to help her gain any weight; but… it is good that she is thinking about the impacts that diet affects our health.

Back to the topic on hand; there is a correlation between the amount of protein in someone’s diet and how that affects the body.

The body requires higher levels of protein in the bloodstream to build muscle tissue, and a pound of muscle will take up 15 to 20% less space than that of fat, making clothing fit better!

Building muscle can only happen if the person is working out so if a person has higher protein levels and they are not working out what is going to happen?

Does Excess Protein Turn to FAT?

The right protein in a person’s diet is not turned directly into fat as good carbs do. But the calories still count in the equation of calories in versus calories burned.ned.

If we eat too many protein calories and the body does not need them to rebuild the muscle tissue.

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The source is still there for energy, so the carbs that are present can easily get stored to fat cells, and the body can use the protein for energy.

The extra calories may explain why someone may stall in their weight loss while on a high protein low carb diet. Carbs have a way of sneaking into our foods unnoticed!

There are so many factors that go into whether you are going to lose weight, but common sense tells us that if we consistently eat less calories than get burn for energy, we will lose weight.

The older you get, the harder it is to lose the weight, it can happen, but do not expect it to get as fast as a young person.

Conclusion

Looking for the perfect balance of protein, fiber, and carbs in our diets is something that we are not going to find comfortable.

Wish that it was easy! But the general conditions and the fact that the average weights of people have increased so much in the last 40 years, proves to us that it is not easy!

We have to take the task it seriously and own the responsibility for our health issues. Dietary choices are something that is not fun to do but necessary to begin to address the problems.

Please share your comments and suggestions on this topic in the section below. Your point may help someone understand it a little better.

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