What is a Good Protein Snack?

What is a good protein snack
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In this article, we will cover what is considered an excellent protein snack.

People’s physical activities and their workout plans affect what is considered the perfect protein snack.

Diabetic diets may use protein bars for different dietary goals than someone who is into bodybuilding.

Protein is essential to the body repairing tissues that are affected by the harsh workouts.

How much does the quality factor into looking for the right protein snack?

That is an excellent question when the primary objective is to stop hunger, and the main use of the protein snack is for energy rather than tissue repair, then the focus changes.

It is still important to monitor what we eat, but it is prudent to save money where you can.

When satisfying hunger is the focus, it may be a situation where a cheaper protein bar can fill the need.

Robert Irvine Fit Crunch

The Robert Irvine Fit Crunch is an excellent all-around protein bar for this use and purpose. The bars are satisfying and tasty.

Nutritional information of these bars are well-balanced and does not cause my blood sugar to spike out of range.

With diabetes, it is good to have some brands that you know are okay; that way, if in a hurry and need to grab something quickly, you know what you are looking to purchase.

Frustrations with the Selections

Looking at the contents on the nutritional labels has become a priority when shopping for food in the grocery store.

It is sad that most of the products in grocery stores are not considered healthy for people.

We have heard it said that you should only buy the items on the outside aisles of the big grocery stores.

Yesterday when doing my regular weekly shopping for lunch items to take to work.

I took note of that statement and wanted to try to make an attempt to quantify just how much of the grocery stores contents that I could buy that is considered healthy for a person with diabetes.

Grocery Selection

It is about 15% of the contents of the store, the store I was in is a superstore in my area with well over 100,000 square feet of space.

It is work to eat healthily and to prepare your meals ahead of time! We must do this if we are going to be successful, it is even more critical for people with special dietary needs.

It is good to have a variety from several big grocery store chains in the area. For people in more rural regions finding good choices are going to be a challenge.

Best High Protein Snack

Determining the best protein for your needs is going to involve several factors.

When you are looking for something to help change your eating habits and replace unhealthy choices, the high protein content and low glycemic index bars are an excellent option.

For people who are working out a lot and need higher protein content, the protein content bars that contain 30 or more grams of protein per bar may be a more appropriate choice.

There are plenty of food choices that are high in protein that can be a high protein snack.

Tuna

The pouches of Tuna come to mind as a good source of protein, and it does not need to be refrigerated. Not only does it provide a high protein content snack it also gives some Omega 3 oil that is good for the heart!

Sometimes it is the simple things like remembering to keep high protein options available to you. In the hectic working environments that many of us work in, many times their is not enough time to think about proper snacks during the day.

The busy times are the most critical time to have some good alternatives ready to go! So many times it is easier to give in and make the wrong decisions merely because of convenience.

Contents Make All the Difference

Reading the labels are so important to get in the habit of doing, that way it becomes second nature to both recognize what you can and can not have.

Once you get used to doing this (took me about six months to get proficient at it) then you can breeze through the store without taking too much time.

A novice must prepare themselves to take more time in the beginning because of the learning curve.

With that thought in mind, one of the best protein bars that I have tried recently is by thinkThin and has 0 sugar and 20 grams of protein.

Think Thin Brownie Crunch

The Brownie Crunch is very close to the taste of a regular brownie. Even had my eight-year-old son try it and he liked it, which is a perfect complement to the company because he is so picky about his food.

The only downside to this particular product is the high amount of sugar alcohols at 12 grams per bar could cause some people some digestive issues — something to consider when evaluating these bars.

The best part of this protein bar is that they are easy to take with you to work and keep on hand when you need a tasty snack in a pinch.

They are not expensive at the regular grocery store just picked up a box of five bars for seven dollars.

Ideas to Help Busy People

Planning is the best defense against making poor dietary choices.

If you take the time and plan out your meals and snacks, the chances of you making the right decision to will go up drastically!

Many people are preparing their meals on the weekend and then have all their meals in the refrigerator ready to go.

The best container for this purpose is the glass containers; they do not soak up the different flavors into the plastic and are easier to clean.

Taylor Farms Salad

One of the most helpful items that I have been using to prepare for lunches is the convenient salads that are already prepared and in the shrink wraps.

They have many salads and dressing flavors in the produce sections of the major supermarket chains.

Since deciding to eat healthily, I have been using these for lunches and because of the variety has been able not to get burnt out on them. Also, use some no sugar bread to make a high protein sandwich to accompany a low-calorie salad for a “500 calorie meal” that helps to give you a satiated feeling.

Conclusion

The key to finding the perfect high protein snack is to explore your reason’s and your goals. Many good protein bars can be used to supplement for several reasons.

Do not discount using naturally high protein foods as snacks. Think outside of the box so to speak, and you can come up with some delicious options to the usual snack ideas.

Thanks for stopping by and reading the article, please leave any comments, share your experiences, or suggestions in the comment section.

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26 thoughts on “What is a Good Protein Snack?

  1. Hello there!l I really appreciate your well informed post. Living a healthy life is something most of us think is important. One point you made is very precise. You mentioned the reason many of us eat unhealthy is convenience. I just will like to add that convenience in general is a threat to our health and that of the planet.

    I also noticed that the high protein bars have 0 grams of sugar, but contain sugar alcohol. Can you explain the difference?

    Thanks

    Jose

    1. Thank you for your comment and question. The sugar is broken down to glucose in the blood and distributed through the bloodstream for energy; the sugar alcohols do what is stated by turning into blood alcohol which does not spike your glucose reading.

  2. Thanks a lot for sharing this piece of information. I just stumbled across it and I must definitely get this book because it’s worth it. Proteins are really essential to our health especially someone like me who work out a lot.i’m always on the look out for top notch proteinous diet to help suppress any shortage of proteins in my body.Thanks once more for sharing this piece of information. Cheer’s

  3. I’ve read that it’s important to eat 20-30 grams of protein per meal for weight loss and even more for strength and mass gains.  I put it to the test and it worked very well for me!  Cutting that sugar to prevent triggering the insulin while maintaining high protein, nutrient slow-carbohydrate intake (mean, vegetables and legumes) helped me lost a lot of inches in a very short time.  What do you think is the most cost-effective protein bar with the best clean protein? I love the idea of being able to eat a protein bar when a meal is unavailable, which is most days for me now as a truck driver, but they often price me out of the market.  And, where do I buy?

    1. Thanks for your comment Jesse and you are right about cutting down on your sugar content. I had to do the same thing when my diabetes got bad enough. The most cost-effective protein bar to use for a meal replacement is the  Premier Protein Bars, they have 30-grams of protein per bar and use whey protein for the ingredients. They have a little more than 300 calories per bar and are pretty filling. 

  4. Great post. I was just wondering, these protein bars, can a person with lactose intolerance also feast on them? I have seen a lot of juicy, convenient, portable to carry snacks that I would have loved to just toss into my shopping trolley but after reading through, had no option but to let it go. Another thing which you talked about that  I agree with is “label reading”. It is so important but kinda difficult to get used to reading labels before buying these things. I’m still trying to get used to it but I realized that it has saved me a lot money and emergency health problems.

    1. Thanks for your comments and to answer your question about lactose intolerance is going to depend on the person and what other items they eat in their diet. Some of the protein bars have milk products and some use the whey protein, but it is something that you have to try and see how it is going to affect your system. 

  5. When I first saw your website, I thought it said “Sees” as in the candy. However, it had a lot of good information about quick healthy snacks.  

    Lately, I have been eating “Kind” bars.  Do you have any thoughts on those as healthy snacks?  They are pretty tasty, and I hope they are as healthy as I think.

    1. Thank for your comments and yes the Kind bars are generally good for more of an energy bar than a protein bar because of the sugar content, they typically are less than a candy bar but too high in sugar for a diabetic diet.

  6. Hi! I remember when I was training I usually ate bananas. So now at work, I some time have a couple of bananas between meals. My main purpose is to satisfy hunger. 

    But bananas are not always convenient and I want to permanently have some protein bars in the drawer of my desk. I’ll try both of the protein bars you have mentioned: protein bars from thinkThin and the Robert Irvine Fit Crunch. Thank you very much!

  7. I love the think thin bars. Just the other day I had the lemon bar and it was wonderful. I only go for the ones that have zero added sugar and the net carbs are pretty good as well. I noticed that they have a good variety of them in my local grocery store. Thanks for sharing.

  8. I am a big street fitness fan and I love working out on a regular basis. When it comes to proteins they are the main ingredient to building muscle. I love protein snacks because they are a good source of protein and they can satisfie your cravings too. I personally have experienced the feeling of being overwhelmed by the choice of selection. 

    Which one is the best? Is this the right one? These are some of the questions that come to mind. Currently, I am trying to change my eating habits so I will definitely try the high protein content and low glycemic index bars. Thanks for the post I find it very helpful

    1. Thank you for your comments and it can be overwhelming in the big stores where there are many choices, most of the places that I see could use some more selections especially in the convenience stores.  

  9. Nice and educative article on good protein snackscconcerningthe reading of the label. Reading food labels is one of the most important steps you can take to eating well and living healthy and I like the fact that you mention it in your article many dont know this and for some time now have been on a low or no sugar foods. And looking at thinkthin is going to be an excellent protein bar I can have at home when I am watching the football game 

    1. Thank you for your comments and insights on reading the labels; this is very interesting once you get in the practice of reading them. The Think Thin Bars have zero sugar and 20 grams of protein which is very good for the size of the bar.

  10. This is a great article as I’m on the lookout for protein snacks to add to my diet and I couldn’t be more luckier to be on your website. I’m impressed with the nutritional information of these bars as well-balanced and does not cause blood sugar to spike out of range (as I’m very careful about the sugar levels in my diet and body). This is really helpful, thanks for sharing. 

    1. Thanks for taking the time to read the article and glad that you enjoyed the information. The Fit Crunch from Robert Irvine is very good for a snack and does not spike my blood sugar either.  

  11. I’ve been a fan of protein snack bars because the majority of them have a similar taste with normal snacks, and yes it’s hassle-free for busy people. My problem is most of the good snack bars has a high cost per gram protein (a metric that I used before buying any protein related products). 

    Sometimes I need to consider the amount of saturated fat too. Aside from Thin thin, do you have other recommendation for protein snack bars? I’m growing tired with my current snack bar, might want to try a new brand.

    1. Thank you for your comment. The most satisfying 20-gram protein bar that I have tried is the Protein Builder Bar from Cliff. It is high in carbs but good if you are active. The best protein bars with zero sugar is the Pure Protein Bars, they are not very big but taste pretty good.

  12. Most times we may not really get to know the good protein snacks for us because protein snacks are virtually scarce to find one. Some of them, their qualities may be written on their labels but well, Nevertheless, one still need to get a very good one for his or herself there we go. These ones I find here are just okay. 

    1. Thank for your comment and it is understandable to be put off by the selects and the advertisements do not make the search any easier.

  13. This is highly insightful, and I am happy to see this lovely article on your blog. I have always wanted to know how to detect the excellent protein snacks from the bad, but I don’t see the way to go about it. This is an eye-opener for me and I must commend you on this. Thanks for sharing

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