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How many times do you snack a day?

All of us love to snack on crunchy munchies during the day. It is quite easy to consume empty calories without any nutrition. And this will show up as excess pounds at unwanted places.

Protein rich foods give you loads of energy and keep you satiated for a long time. Junk food does not provide you with sustained energy and you feel hungry after a couple of hours only to reach out for another round of snacks. If your snacks are rich in protein content then it not only makes your taste buds happy but also adds nutrition to your body instead of empty calories.

Let us explore the yummy snacks rich in protein that add to your health:

  1. Almonds:

Snack up on a handful of soaked or roasted almonds instead whenever you find yourself reaching for a bag of chips. Eating almonds will curb your food craving and lower bad cholesterol levels. They are full of protein, fibre, minerals and vitamins.

  1. Cottage cheese:

Half a cup of low fat cottage cheese gives you 14 grams of protein. Add chopped strawberries or banana slices to satiate your sweet tooth in the mid afternoon. The best part is that it is low in calorie content so it will not add to your weight.

  1. Sprouts:

Soak up a bowlful of sprouts overnight. Add finely chopped chilies, onion, tomato, cucumber, a dash of lemon juice and rock salt to the sprouts and whoa your afternoon snack is ready! You may also add tofu to increase the protein value.

  1. Tofu:

Soybean curd or tofu is a great food to hike your protein intake. It can be added to a lot of gravies and dishes in cubes or chunks easily. You may add it to your salads or sandwiches too. Just find your favourite way of eating it and add loads of nutrients to your body.

  1. Pumpkin seeds:

Roast them and grab a handful of pumpkin seeds when you want to add nutritional punch to your snack time. Apart from being super rich in proteins, pumpkin seeds also provide you with a host of other minerals like iron, potassium, manganese etc.

  1. Green peas:

You can eat green peas in many ways whenever you want to snack up on high protein food. Raw, steamed or boiled- you can eat them in any way. Put in some lemon juice or sauté them lightly to add more flavour.

  1. Chickpeas:

Half a cup of chickpeas make you richer by around seven grams of protein. Eat them boiled in the form of a salad or make a hummus dip to go with your corn chips or flat bread, there are many yummy ways to relish this storehouse of fibre and protein.

  1. Edamame:

Baby soya beans or edamame is another protein rick snack you can go for in your break time in office. You can add it to your salads or pasta. It can be eaten in then boiled or roasted form after removing the outer shell of course. Half a cup of Edamame gives you more than eight grams of protein content along with fibre. Ask your doctor if soya is good for you!

  1. Chia seeds:

Chia seeds are a great source to boost your protein intake. You can add a tablespoon of chia seeds to your bowl of curd or salad. You can also make your smoothies nutritious by adding chia seeds.

  1. Soy milk:

When you want to go for a healthy drink instead of carbonated colas or extra sugary shakes, then soy milk is a good choice. Every eight ounces of soy milk gives you 4 to 8 grams of protein. Too much can cause weight gain though!

Healthy protein rich quick recipes:

If you feel the late afternoon slump in your energy levels, then a protein rich healthy snack is a great way to boost your mind and body. Here are some appetizing protein rich snack recipes for you

Whip up a high protein choco-banana shake:

Toss a ripe banana (medium size), a teaspoon peanut butter, a cup of milk, a teaspoon of chocolate powder and a few ice cubes together. Mix them well in a blender and your protein shake is ready to serve!

Relish a delightful dessert with hung curd:

Take a bowlful of homemade regular curd, strain its water and tie up the remaining curd in a fine muslin cloth for some time to remove remaining water. Take the thickened curd and add fresh fruits like chopped bananas, grapes, blueberries, strawberries or apples with a dash of honey. Whip it up well, refrigerate it for a few minutes and your refreshing dessert is ready to eat!

Go for choco-oats milk at bedtime:

If you feel like snacking at bedtime or in the middle of the night, then just add a tablespoon of chocolate powder and roasted oats to a cup of cold milk. Add honey to taste and sprinkle roasted almond bits on top of the chocolate milk. Your tummy will be full for a long time and you will sleep better after snacking on this nutritious recipe.

Chickpea salad for healthy munching:

Take a cup of boiled chickpeas, finely chopped cucumber, tomato, onion, jalapeno, a teaspoon of flax seeds, cubes of cottage cheese and a few walnuts. Add 3-4 teaspoons of lemon juice, some pepper and salt to taste to this mixture and toss it well. Your delectable protein rich chickpea salad is ready.

Other ways to get a protein boost:

Making a hummus dip will also come in handy while eating crackers or corn chips. You may also make a green pea smoothie and top it up with flax seeds or walnuts for a filling protein snack. If you have no time to put up quick high protein snacks then you may snack on a handful of dried fruits and nuts too.

Healthy snacking will keep you high on energy, improve your digestion and keep your taste buds happy!