Unless you’re trying to build serious muscle, you’re probably not planning to load up on carbohydrates (we’ve found that it usually happens unknowingly since high levels of carbs can be found in many unexpected foods, including ones that provide us with protein). This is the case for some of our favorite energizing on-the-go options, which is why we’ve been on the lookout for the best high-protein, low-carb snacks out there to feast on instead. While conducting our search, another key characteristic we kept in mind was that each item should be easily packable for our busy lifestyles (and only a handful should have to be refrigerated).
But why are we so obsessed with injecting protein into our diet? Well, we need it for a whole lot more than just keeping us full between meals. According to Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS, protein also “keeps our metabolism running, our energy up, and our blood sugar levels stable.” It can be tricky to find foods that fulfill our protein requirements and don’t require cooking. Fortunately, we’ve found 10 delicious high-protein, low-carb snacks that taste as good on your morning commute as they do at the kitchen table. Scroll down to see our favorites.
This all-natural tuna is ready to be eaten straight out of the pouch and packs a whopping 21 grams of protein.
“Pumpkins seeds are ridiculously high in protein per spoonful,” says natural health expert Liana Werner-Gray.
If you’re following a high-protein, low-carb diet, then you’ll dig these salt and vinegar protein chips (as long as you realize they’re not Pringles).
Finally—crunchy cheese you can take with you on-the-go with no refrigeration necessary (it has five grams of protein and zero carbs per serving).
One serving of Babybel’s mini original cheese loads you up with five grams of protein at only 70 calories and zero carbohydrates.
“Animal protein sources offer a complete protein,” says physical therapist Karena Wu. Krave’s beef jerky in particular has nine grams of protein and is slightly sweeter than other variations.
This to-go pack of freeze-dried, seasoned edamame pods contains more protein than an egg.
One cup of chickpeas alone has about 40 grams of protein (wow). This high-protein low-carb snack relies on a dash of sea salt for a slight kick of flavor.
These perfectly portioned packs of almonds make sure you don’t over-snack. Plus, they’re a good source of both protein and fiber.
This creamy smoothie has 11 grams of protein per serving and gives you your daily dose of probiotics, too.
What are your favorite premade high-protein, low-carb snacks? Share with us in the comments.
Up next, how to cook (and eat) your way healthy.