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35 expert-approved high protein snacks to get you through AM to PM

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High Protein Snacks
Women's Health UK

Everyone has their favourite form of protein - whether it's peanut butter, chicken or salmon. But having a protein snack handy, for when we're on the go or stuck in a meeting, is always a great idea. In fact, 6 out of 10 of us opt for a healthy snack at least once a day - and it's not just the classic protein shakes or greek yoghurt we're opting for - the healthy snacks market is growing, with tons of protein drinks and bars ready to snack on.

But with so many to choose from, how can we identify a protein snack as a healthy alternative?

Are all high-protein snacks nutritious?

There's a vast number of high protein snacks to buy these days but many contain an array of ingredients that most people will not understand or recognise, warns nutritional therapist Katie Skrine - www.katieskrine.com, 'These ingredients will impact the overall nutrient value of each bar - making them less healthy as their branding would appear.'

She advises checking for added sugar as some could 'contain similar levels of sugar to that of a normal chocolate bar. In addition, there can be lots of added sweeteners enhancing the taste but devaluing the benefits.'

While she says that the healthiest snacks are always homemade snacks - using limited ingredients and no additives. 'Foods naturally high in protein such as eggs, chicken slices, greek yoghurt, nuts & seeds are best for your body and most are easily available in supermarkets, coffee shop chains or can easily be prepared at home. Also, try making your own protein balls. You can make them in batches from raw ingredients that will have maximum nutrient value.

Why is protein important?

Protein is the macronutrient your body uses to repair muscle tissue, build hormones, and more. Plus, it's the building block of your bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood. It's essential for improving fitness and generally speeds up your training gains.

'Protein is the most important nutrient for positively changing body composition,' says Xander Pipe, fitness nutrition coach and founder of meal delivery service The Key To Food. 'Although do note—it's important to spread your intake throughout the day in order for your body to digest it. If you eat too much in one sitting, it can place strain on your kidneys.'

While Melissa Snover, registered nutritionist and founder of Nourished adds, 'As protein helps you to feel fuller longer it can reduce hunger, potentially helping to stop snacking throughout the day and reduce the amount of calories consumed. Therefore, it can help with supporting weight loss.

The recommended daily intake of protein for women is 45g so, for reference:

  • A standard chicken breast contains roughly 26g
  • Two large eggs contain around 12g
  • Two tbsps peanut butter contains roughly 7g

    Why eat high protein snacks?

    High protein snacks, particularly those with a combination of carbohydrates and other essential nutrients, can aid with recovery post-workout. And, they can also help you to reach your recommended daily intake if you struggle to incorporate enough protein into meals (which is common amongst those following a vegetarian or vegan diet).

    With all of this in mind we've rounded up the best high protein snacks - which are flavoursome, rich in protein, and are easy to eat on the go. Keep scrolling for 35 different high protein snacks to choose from.

    Remember that you should always aim to get the majority of your nutrients from whole foods, these snacks are great for convenience but certainly no replacement for a balanced and varied nutrient dense diet.

    35 best high protein snacks

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    1
    barebells barebells.co.uk
    Barebells Salty Peanut
    £22.99
    2
    Lindahls tesco.com
    Lindahls Kvarg Vanilla 150G Pot
    £1.00
    3
    hollandandbarrett.com
    Fulfil Peanut & Caramel Bar 55g
    £2.70
    4
    hollandandbarrett.com
    Holland & Barrett Grab n Go Almonds 30g
    £0.79
    5
    ocado.com
    Total 0% Fat Greek Recipe Strained Yoghurt 450g
    £3.00
    6
    m&s ocado.com
    Free Range Egg & Spinach Pot
    £1.75
    7
    Myvegan myprotein.com
    Myprotein Protein Crisps
    £4.40
    8
    GRENADE tesco.com
    Grenade Carb Killa Birthday Cake Protein Bar
    Grenade
    £2.75
    9
    hollandandbarrett.com
    Pip & Nut Almond Butter Squeeze Pack 30g
    £0.99
    10
    Kallo morrisons.com
    Kallo Protein Packed Lentil Cakes 100g
    £1.95
    11
    hollandandbarrett.com
    Mello Watermelon Seeds - Mild Chilli Roasted 125g
    H&B
    £3.49
    12
    qwrkee.com
    Qwrkee - Plant Based Vegan Maple Bacon Jerky
    £2.70
    13
    Tanpopo ocado.com
    Tanpopo Peeled Edamame Soy Beans 85g
    £2.50
    14
    ARLA tesco.com
    Arla Skyr Natural
    Skyr
    £1.45
    15
    munchy seeds ocado.com
    Munchy Seeds Mega Omega Pouch
    £8.20
    16
    predatornutrition.com
    Quest Tortilla Chips
    £21.99
    17
    hollandandbarrett.com
    Holland & Barrett Mixed Nuts & Raisins 200g
    £1.99
    18
    Myprotein myprotein.com
    Protein Brownie [Option : Box of 12; Flavour : White Chocolate]
    £10.37
    19
    skinnydips.co.uk
    UFIT High Protein Shake Drink Iced Latte
    £11.99
    20
    m&s ocado.com
    M&S Carrots with Houmous
    £1.45
    21
    arla morrisons.com
    Arla Protein Yogurt Strawberry
    £1.45
    22
    ocado.com
    Upbeat Protein Hydration - Zesty Orange 500ml
    £1.65
    23
    hollandandbarrett.com
    Bounce Dipped Chocolate Caramel Millionaire Protein Ball 40g
    £1.99
    24
    grenade boots.com
    Grenade Carb Killa Chocolate Fudge Brownie
    £2.50
    25
    Cathedral City ocado.com
    Cathedral City Mini Lighter Cheeses
    £1.95
    26
    bulk.com
    bulk Protein Balls
    £1.99
    27
    theskinnyfoodco.com
    Fuel 10K High Protein Oat Muffin Pots (2 Flavours)
    £1.00
    28
    musclefood.com
    Bean Puffs - Cheesey Peasey 22g
    £1.00
    29
    theproteinworks.com
    Protein Grazers ®
    £20.01
    30
    Swolesome Foods proteinpickandmix.co.uk
    Swolesome Foods Protein Bar - Battenberg
    £3.95
    31
    ocado.com
    Vieve Protein Water Watermelon 500ml
    £2.30
    32
    phd hollandandbarrett.com
    PhD Smart Bar Dark Chocolate & Raspberry
    £2.00
    33
    MaxiMuscle hollandandbarrett.com
    MaxiMuscle Protein Bites Cookies & Cream
    £4.49
    34
    Myprotein myprotein.com
    Protein Noodle Snack Pot
    £4.01
    35
    Applied Nutrition hollandandbarrett.com
    Applied Nutrition Indulgence Chocolate Hazelnut
    £24.00
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