Although most workplaces have a vending machine somewhere, there aren't too many protein packed snacks inside. When you get the 2:30 slump and need something with a little boost, here are 10 snacks to grab from home for your on-the-go energy needs.
1. Cottage Cheese: A half cup of 2% cottage cheese can have up to 16 grams of protein packed inside. Yes you'll have to refrigerate it during your work day, but for that kind of energy we're pretty sure you can figure something out!
2. Roasted Edamame: A quarter cup can have almost 14 grams of protein. It doesn't need to be refrigerated and is extra tasty! What more can you want?
3. Greek Yogurt: The market has suddenly been saturated with Greek yogurt and there's a good reason why. It has almost double the protein of the more traditional varieties.
4. Beef Jerky: As long as you're taking the time to look into varieties that aren't so laden with preservatives you can down 11 grams of protein for every ounce of meat that goes down your gullet. Plus, it's physically satisfying to chew which can help control hunger as well!
5. Lentils: Toss them up in a quick salad and pack a tupperware full of those good grains. One cup has a whopping 22 grams of protein inside!
6. Water Packed Tuna: A single can has 22 grams of protein and although mayo can add the calories, there are other low fat dressing options that might make it quick go-getter-grub.
7. Nut Butter: 2 tablespoons of these pantry staples can give you 11 grams of power in your day. 11 grams!
8. Turkey: 3 ounces of turkey can give you up to 25 grams of protein so pack a wrap or even a few slices of lunch meat for later!
9. Hummus: Half a cup of hummus gives you 6 grams of protein and usually a great intake of vegetables to go with it.
10. Eggs: Even though cooking up a plate of scrambled eggs at the office is probably out, you can easily stow a hard boiled egg in your purse or backpack. With 6 grams of protein they're a great option with little muss or fuss.
Do you have a great high-protein snacks? Kudos to those that keep the sugar and salt levels down. Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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