Favorite Protein Snacks

Here are a few of my favorite high protein snacks I love to make! I’m trying to get as much protein as I can because I always notice I feel the best and have the most energy when I eat enough protein.

Proteins act as the building blocks that make up a large part of every cell in your body, including muscle, skin, bone, and hair; they are also essential for building enzymes, hormones, and hemoglobin.

Proteins are made up of smaller components called amino acids, some of which can be produced by our bodies, and others, which must come from the foods we eat. The ones that must come from our diet are called essential amino acids and include histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine. (Taken from here)

Great article on good protein sources

 Peanut Butter Protein Balls
1 c. soy protein powder: I use Energizing Soy protein from Shaklee: Cocoa or vanilla
1C. natural peanut butter: I think Trader Joes or Costco natural brand is the best.
1/2 cup honey.

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Laurens incredible homemade granola bars!! 

Homemade Chewy Granola Bars

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1-2 Tablespoons organic coconut oil
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup total of any combination-I used craisins, chocolate chips, chia seeds, and unsweetened shredded coconut. Use whatever dried fruit, seeds, etc. that you’d like!

In a medium saucepan, melt the honey, peanut butter, and coconut oil together. Remove from heat and stir in oats and your one cup mixture of dried fruit, etc.

Spread into in ungreased 8×8 glass pan and refrigerate for 2 hours. Then cut into bars, wrap in plastic wrap, and keep in the fridge. So convenient!

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Lara Balls (Also from Lauren)

15 dates

Big spoonful of peanut butter

Dried cherries

Pulse dates in a food processor or magic bullet (that’s what I have) until it becomes a paste. Then add the peanut butter and cherries and pulse again. Scoop out with a spoon and form into balls. Set in fridge.

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1 Cup Almond Butter

1 Cup Cafe Latte Mix

1/3 Cup Honest

Handful of chocolate pieces

Mix into balls, store in the fridge

 

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1 cup (dry) oatmeal
1/2 cup Chocolate or Vanilla Shaklee 180 Protein Mix
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut/almond butter
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 cup honey/pure maple syrup
1 tsp. vanilla (optional)

 

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Frozen Yogurt Bars

Adapted from here

2 Cups frozen yogurt

1 Cup fruit (I wasn’t exact with measurements)

1/2-3/4 cup granola

Can also add in almonds and chocolate chips

 

And I can not wait to make these in the next few weeks:

Brainy Brownies

Forever cookies

 

Why is protein so important?

They give you energy: Protein stimulates certain cells in the brain that keep us awake and increase our energy expenditure throughout the day.
They fill you up: Studies show people who eat a meal or snack containing protein feel fuller longer and that means a reduction in overall daily calorie consumption because subjects were simply not as hungry between meals or at mealtime.
They maintain lean body mass: Protein is essential for maintaining muscle mass whenever you are on a calorie-restricted diet, exercising, or building muscle. Without enough protein in the diet, the body starts to use muscle mass for energy and this leads to decrease in lean body mass and a drop in metabolism. Leucine, an amino acid in protein, especially, is good at maintaining lean body mass during low-calorie diets.

Read more here

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Interested in trying out Shaklee’s protein this month?  This month Shaklee is offering free membership ($19.95 value) and free cafe late protein ($48 retail value).

  • 24 grams of hunger fighting protein
  • 6 grams of fiber
  • Powered by Leucine TM
  • 23 vitamins and minerals
  • Non-GMO soy protein
  • Low glycemic. GI Value: 31
  • No artificial flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives added
  • Gluten free, lactose free

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