Our Nutritionists Top 5 High Protein Snacks That Support Weight Loss
Written by Accredited Nutritionist, Stephanie Malouf
Snacking, is it good or bad for weight loss? There’s a lot of mixed opinions as to whether snacking is a good thing or a bad thing. My advice is to listen to your body. If you get hungry or experience an energy slump between meals, then I recommend that you have a small protein containing snack. If you feel fuelled and satisfied between meals, then go without it.
For most clients however I recommend that they have a snack around 3pm in the afternoon as this is a common time people experience low energy, brain fog and you guessed it, sugar cravings. The key to a healthy snack is making sure it contains protein and slow releasing energy to keep your blood sugar levels stabilised.
Below are my top 5 healthy snacks I recommend to my clients that keeps them satisfied and supports weight loss.
This is a regular snack choice of mine personally. A cup of bone broth contains approximately 10g of protein and is low in carbohydrates. What I love most about bone broth is it’s a gut healing superfood, reduces inflammation, keeps my skin tight and is a low carb high protein snack option. Given my busy work schedule, making my own can be difficult so GOOD BONES is my perfect go to.
DIY Savoury Nut & Seed Mix
Nuts & seed mixes are a great source of protein and good fats which is the perfect combination to keep the sugar cravings at bay. Doing it yourself means you can add all your favourite nuts & seeds and you know it’s free of added salt, artificial flavours or roasted in cheap oils. High protein sources include almonds, peanuts, pepita seeds and sunflower seeds. Dry roasting them on low heat with a sprinkle of a spice such as cumin or paprika is a nice way to boost flavour and health benefits.
Nut Butter On sliced Apple With A Sprinke of Cinnamon
The healthy fats and protein from the nut butter keeps you satiated whilst the sweetness from the apple and cinnamon satisfies your sweet tooth without sending your blood sugar levels skyrocketing. Cinnamon is a great natural way to improve your insulin sensitivity to efficiently use carbohydrates as fuel instead of storing them as fat. The recommended amount is 2 tsp a day so go nuts on the cinnamon!
This is a quick and convenient snack option, packed with protein and easy to eat on the run. What’s even better is you can can have them pre-boiled in the fridge ready to grab and go.
Hummus & Veggie Sticks
Hummus is made from chickpeas which are packed with fibre making them low GI and high in protein. Most hummus recipes contain tahini which is a source of healthy fats made from ground sesame seeds and a great non-dairy source of calcium. Pair together with some veggie sticks such as carrot, celery and capsicum for a filling snack. It’s also a great way to sneak an extra serve of veggies into your 5 serves a day. Get my quick, easy and super delicious hummus recipe here.