My Top Five: Healthy Protein Snacks for On the Go!
One of the biggest stumbling blocks my clients come across is finding healthy snacks when they are away from home. By nature, packaged foods have most likely undergone considerable amounts of processing, which goes against my message of eating 'real food'. However, in the last few years a number of much healthier, less processed snack options have become widely available. Here is my round of my top five: For carnivores...
I consider Epic Bars to be a 'real protein bar'. There are innuerable protein bars on the market, even in mainstream grocery stores, but the majority of them contain whey protein (challenging to the digestive system), and so many flavorings and sweeteners that you might be better off eating a Snickers bar!
Epic Bars are made from grass fed protein, almonds, and a little dried fruit. They are gluten free, dairy free, high in protein and low in carbohydrate. Okay, so a meat bar with your morning coffee may take a little while to get used to, but most of my clients who have tried them absolutely love them! They come in 9 different flavors, my favorite is the Turkey, Almond, Cranberry.
You can find them at most Whole Foods stores, or buy them from Amazon:
Still my favorite jerky on the market, Krave doesn't contain the nitrates, artificial colorings and flavorings and salt that most commercial jerkys contain. Its is super high in protein, low in carbohydrates and very low in fat. There are around 34 grams of protein per bag, so I recommend one bag as two servings. It comes in a wide variety of flavors (my favorite is the Turkey Basil Citrus) and is available in health food stores such as GNC and the Vitamin Store, and is also stocked in some conveinence and grocery stores. You can also buy from Amazon here:
RX Bars are new on my radar as I needed to find a product to replace my clients beloved Quest Bars! Enter RX Bars, a whole food protein bar with just 4 ingredients, with a base of egg whites and almonds. They are a great option if you are looking for something with a sweeter taste, and are high in protein and low in carbohydrate. My favorite is the Chocolate Sea Salt, but all they flavors are pretty delicious! They are not widely available yet, but you can buy a sampler pack from Amazon:
Vega Sport Bar
Its pretty challenging to find healthy vegan snacks (they are usually crammed with unhealthy fillers), but the Vega Sport Bar is a good option if you are in a pinch! The protein in this bar is made from rice and pea protein, which is a much better option than soy (which you see in a lot of protein bars). However, it is pretty high in carbohydrate due to the addition of natural syrups and dates. Chocolate Coconut is my flavor of choice. Available from most health food stores and Whole Foods, or from Amazon:
The Good Ol' Protein Shake
The humble protein shake has fallen out of favor now there are so many protein bars available, but it is still my number one choice for protein on the go as it can be both the cleanest option, and you can throw so many wonderful ingredients in to make it super nutritious and delicious! When choosing a protein powder you want to look for one with the least amount of ingredients, a high amount of protein grams per serving, and ensure it comes from a clean protein source. I usually choose vegan protein powders as I eat an adequate amount of animal protein, and they can be easier on the digestive system.
Invest in a portable shaker bottle (usually around $10-15) and use your protein shake as a vehicle to get even more nutrients in the form of collagen powder(not for vegans) and greens powders.
The collagen powder I love is available from Amazon:
I use the Proveg protein from the Poliquin group, along with their delicious Wellness Greens powders. Their shaker bottle is also the best I have found so far. To purchase Poliquin Group products use this link: The Poliquin Group.
Happy (and healthy) snacking everyone!
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