Protein Power – Muscle Building Snacks

 

High quality protein is a cornerstone of the Positively Ageless plan. Not only does protein help us to maintain and build muscle, it also contributes to satiety or fullness.  And when combined with carbohydrate, such as a piece of fruit, it helps to sustain our blood sugar levels longer.  This results in more energy — more get-up-and-go to exercise and stay active. For all of these reasons, contestants on The Biggest Loser are encouraged to include lean protein with every snack and every meal.

Pturkey clubositively Ageless includes four weeks of menus and recipes to get you started at home.  Additionally, here are nine ~ 150-calorie healthy snack ideas that include lean protein.

 

  1. 1/2 turkey sandwich on 1 slice whole grain bread w/ 1 ounce sliced turkey 1 slice low fat Swiss cheese 1 piece Bibb lettuce, tomato slice and 2 teaspoons whole grain mustard    150 calories 14 grams protein   (or double it e.g. whole sandwich to be cut in half for two snacks the same day!)
  2.  2/3 cup steamed edamame (in shell) 158 kcals 13 grams protein
  3.  2/3 cup nonfat Greek-style yogurt with 1/2 cup fresh blueberries and 1 tablespoon slivered almonds                 150 calories and 15 grams protein
  4.   Low fat mozzarella cheese stick and one large fresh orange    140 calories 10 grams protein
  5.   2 Wasa rye Crackers and 2 1/2 ounces lox (smoked salmon) 150 calories 14 grams protein
  6.  1/2 cup cooked lentils, 1 1/2 tablespoons low fat Caesar dressing, 1 teaspoon chopped onion and 1 tablespoon fresh chopped basil     140 calories 9 grams protein
  7.  1 8-ounce glass fat free milk with 1/2 slice whole grain toast and 1/2 tablespoon peanut butter and 1/2 tablespoon sugar free jam    160 calories 11 grams protein
  8.  1/2 cup fat free ricotta cheese with 2 tablespoons fresh raspberries and 1 tablespoon granola   150 calories   11 grams protein 
  9.  1/2 cup old fashioned oatmeal with 1/2 cup fat free milk 1 teaspoon honey and 2 medium strawberries, sliced        150 calories and 8 grams protein

 Come back soon for scrumptious high protein recipes!

 

© Cheryl Forberg 2016