When you're trying to cut out carbs, your snack options can feel limited. High levels of carbs can be found in many unexpected and popular snack 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 to suit 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 nifty pouch and packs a whopping 21 grams of protein. Sprinkle some on top of a salad for a protein boost or pair with your favorite vegetable sticks.
“Pumpkins seeds are ridiculously high in protein per spoonful,” says natural health expert Liana Werner-Gray. Sunflower seeds, as well, are fun low-carb, high-protein snacks to munch on between meetings or when the 3 P.M hunger pangs kick-in.
If you’re following a high-protein, low-carb diet, then you’ll dig salt and vinegar protein chips from Quest (as long as you realize they’re not Pringles).
Finally—crunchy, gluten-free 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. The creamy taste will satisfy your cravings, while the tiny convenient packaging makes these easy to tote around.
“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. They are also mighty fun to snack on.
One cup of chickpeas alone is packed with about 40 grams of protein (wow). This high-protein low-carb snack can be sprinkled with a dash of sea salt for a slight kick of flavor.
Choose Blue Diamond's 100-calorie packs for a perfect portion of almonds that will make sure you don’t over-snack. Plus, they’re a good source of both protein and fiber.
Evolve Kefir's Plain Probiotic Smoothy has 11 grams of protein per serving and gives you your daily dose of probiotics, too.