That said, protein is an essential part of a healthy diet, so much so that up to 35 percent of your diet should consist of it, and boosts your metabolism. Here are 10 high-protein snacks to help keep you going.
1. Celery with peanut butter
Celery is not only a low-fat food, it's also a big-time metabolism booster. A tasty snack of celery and peanut butter will keep you energized.
Whether it's almonds, walnuts or pistachios, whole nuts are a healthy high-protein snack. They're also full of heart-healthy fats. But don't overdo it, because their calories can add up quickly.
3. Chia seeds
Chia seeds can be categorized as a "super food" considering all of their health benefits. They're high in protein, fiber and healthy omega-3 fats.
4. Greek yogurt
Greek yogurt has rapidly risen to the top to become a supermarket staple. Because it's thicker and creamier than regular yogurt, it's a more satisfying snack - plus it packs a heavy protein punch.
5. Cottage cheese
The virtues of low-fat cottage cheese are well-known, including that it's high protein. Pair it with diced fruits and vegetables, or eat it just on its own. Either way, it's a great snack that will keep you satiated between meals.
6. Hard-boiled eggs
Hard-boiled eggs used to get a bad rap because of their cholesterol content, but studies today say the saturated fat — rather than cholesterol consumed in food — has a greater impact on raising cholesterol levels. And just one whole egg contains 6 grams of protein.
Just half a cup of edamame or soybeans contains 8 grams of protein and has only 100 calories. Add some flavor by sprinkling on a touch of sea salt.
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