There are many great snacks you can have on the high protein diet. It's important to still eat foods with fiber and to still eat vegetables and even a small amount of fruit on a high protein diet. You can also eat some grains that have a low glycemic index and contain protein themselves, such as quinoa. If you vary your protein sources amongst animal and vegetarian protein sources, your colon will be healthier and your fat intake will stay reasonable. Here are six great snacks to enjoy while on the high protein diet.
1. Smoked Salmon Surprise
This is a super easy and tasty snack that is packed with protein and omega 3s. Take an unsalted and unsweetened brown rice cake and top with one wedge of light, herb La Vache Qui Rit cheese. Then top with an ounce of smoked salmon and a small squeeze of a lemon wedge.
2. Quinoa Bowl
On a high protein diet, it's a good idea to rethink what can be a snack. If you have some quinoa already cooked, you can turn it into a quick snack that has protein and many good nutrients. Put about a third of a cup into a bowl and add some chopped dino kale, chopped garlic (which you can buy already prepared) and a bit of water and lemon juice. Microwave for 2 minutes. Top with a tablespoon of raw and sprouted almonds which you can chop up easily. To sprout the almonds, soak in water for 3-4 hours. The body will more easily absorb the protein this way.
3. Easy Chicken Wraps
Cut an ounce of a chicken breast into strips. Coat with lemon juice, rosemary, and a teaspoon of ghee. Put in a microwaveable dish with an inch of water and microwave until the chicken is thoroughly cooked. Wrap the chicken in a dried seaweed sheet or a large leaf either of chard or lettuce.
4. Low-Fat Cheese and Crackers
There are many great tasting low-fat cheeses that you can buy at a good market. Experiment with crackers from a health-food store. A cracker made from raw, live ingredients will often contain protein, great nutrients, and not too many carbs. One ounce of low-fat cheese with these types of crackers can be quite filling.
5. Brown Rice Cake with Raw Almond Butter
Brown rice cakes are very low in carbohydrates and provide a feeling of fullness. Cover with a tablespoon of raw almond butter for a healthy and filling snack.
6. Protein Smoothie
You can make a smoothie that is high in fiber and antioxidants that has protein and minimal carbohydrates. Take half of an unsweetened acai berry smoothie pack and put into the blender. Mix in a cup of non-fat milk or a cup of plain, unsweetened kefir, which is basically like liquid yogurt. Add a tablespoon of ground flax seed. Blend thoroughly, adding water or ice for the desired consistency and temperature.