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7 High-Protein Snacks You Need to Taste

Posted on August 1, 2020

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When the munchies are upon you, they don’t take into consideration the types of foods that you have on hand.

 

These hunger pangs are indiscriminate. They aren't necessarily looking for satisfaction from nutritionally dense foods or optimised healthy snacks.

                   

Unless you possess herculean will-power, a case of the munchies might just lead to some serious munching on whatever is within arms reach—carb and calorie loaded or not …

 

Aussie’s love a good snack—be it potato chips, corn chips, shapes, cheezels, cookies or chocolate bars. Some even consider a burger, fries and a coke a therapeutic morning or afternoon tea cognitive and mood booster.

 

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It’s okay if you get the small fries ... isn’t it?

 

The fact is, snacks foods are often no more than mood boosters, loaded with the things that taste good, such as fats and sugars, and don’t necessarily deliver the micro and macro nutrients that our bodies are starving for.

 

When in excess and done regularly, a hit of high glycemic index carbohydrates with a significant sources of fats is the perfect recipe for fat gain.

 

Let’s dig into this biochemical idea a little more ...

 

With any high glycemic index food comes a surge of insulin. This hormone is designed to prime our cells to take-up sugar (glucose) and use it as a fuel source, simply because it is available.

 

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These foods are practically anything processed that is high in carbohydrates, such as cookies, biscuits, chips and chocolate bars.

 

Because the cells are burning glucose at this point, insulin also tells the fat cells to not breakdown stored fat for energy (triglycerides). In fact, insulin tells the fat cells to store more fat than usual.

 

As you can probably imagine, a significant hit of carbohydrates and fats consumed regularly over time is the perfect recipe for weight gain in the form of adipose tissue.

 

This doesn’t mean you should never eat these two macronutrients together. But snacking on something high in protein and even fibre tends to be a better option.

 

Fibre is low in calories and is filling, while protein fires up the metabolism by triggering an energy-demanding process called muscle protein synthesis (25g of protein is required to trigger this process).

 

Let’s look at some innovative high protein snacks that are designed to not only neutralize cravings, but also support muscle recovery and adaptation to exercise via their inclusion of highly bioavailable protein sources.  

 

BSc Vegan Protein Balls

Whether you’re vegan or not, these protein balls deliver a payload of plant-based flavour and nutrition, including quality protein, fibre and a small amount of fats from cocoa butter and sunflower lecithin.

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The beauty of these balls are, they come in salted caramel flavour! This makes getting through a pack of 7 balls easy work, delivering 17 grams of protein derived from pea, rice and soy.

 

BSc Vegan Protein Balls are gluten free and contain no added sugar. They deliver 4.8 grams of plant-based fibre, to keep you fuller for longer, support healthy digestion and blood lipids.

 

These protein balls are perfect for the back pocket or handbag as you’re heading out the door, and can be enjoyed as a snack or post-workout protein hit. At 217 calories and 1.9 grams of carbs per 7 balls, they are a great substitute for higher calorie, high carb and low protein snacks.

 

Optimum Nutrition Protein Crunch Bars

This is an innovative protein bar, completely different to any other on the market. While so many protein bars are still bland and cardboard-like, this Crunch Bar offers a taste and texture that will put an instant smile on your face.

 

optimum-nutrition-protein-crunch-box-chocolate.jpgWith Peanut Butter, Toffee & Pretzel and Milk Chocolate, these bars taste simply amazing. Each bite explodes in your mouth with a delectable crunch, followed by a perfectly balanced flavour follow-through.

 

Apart from an impressive taste and texture, these bars offer 20 grams of protein from a blend of dairy and plant-protein, ensuring that your amino acid needs are covered.

 

Though they are slightly higher in fats, at 7g per bar, and carbohydrates, at 12 grams, the flavour certainly makes up for this slight macronutrient discrepancy.

 

Max’s Muscle Meal Protein Cookie

If your calorie needs are a bit higher than most, or you’re looking for a snack to take after exercise to support recovery, look no further than Max’s Muscle Meal.

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This cookie has been munched on by thousands, delivering plenty of quality protein and carbohydrates, with some added branched chain amino acids and glutamine.

 

Few cookies are as delicious as this one, covered in decadent chocolate with satisfying flavours that hit the spot every time.

 

This is not the ideal snack if you are dieting or trying to keep your carbs intake down. If this is the case, go for the Max’s Super Shred Low Carb Cookie.

 

If you’re a big muscular lad or gal and like to keep your protein and calorie intakes nice and high, especially after a cracker gym session, nothing could taste sweeter than a Muscle Meal Cookie washed down with a protein shake of the same flavour.

 

Horleys Carb Less Treats

Horleys-Carb-Less-Treats.jpgThese bite-sized treats are the perfect on-the-go companion, providing 4 treats per pack. Each pack contains only 196 calories and 4.4 grams of carbs.

 

At the same time, these delectable bites offer 16.8 grams of protein and a massive 10.8 grams of fibre per pack (4 bites), making these filling and helpful for squashing any cravings that may be just around the corner.

 

Each treat contains high-protein crisps in the centre with a smooth no-sugar coating, making these crisps seem more like confectionary than a low calorie high-protein snack.

 

The flavours are Peanut Butter, Salted Caramel and Coconut Rough, which are all 100% gluten-free and guilt-free. Whether you throw one in your handbag, gym-bag or any other kind of bag, this is a product worth trying out.

 

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Anyone who has tried an Oreo cookie knows that they are a sensory experience to be remembered. Some scrape the cream out with their teeth, while others dunk them whole in coffee.

 

There’s no way to eat a cookie like this and not enjoy them—unless you’re aware of the sugar and calorie content. Then it’s certainly possible that this knowledge may detract from the enjoyment of their consumption.

 

Here enter the Lenny and Larry’s Complete Cremes, available in all-vegan Chocolate and Vanilla flavours.

 

These cookies contain 6 grams of plant-based protein per two cookies, with only 5 grams of available carbohydrates per serve and 5 grams of fats. This makes for a much more enticing macronutrient experience that can make scraping the cream out much more enjoyable.

 

Maxine’s Burn Cookies

Burn-Cookie-Double-Choc.jpgExperience the burn with these low calorie cookies that deliver 13 grams of quality protein per serve and nearly 3 grams of dietary fibre.

 

Offered in cookies and cream and chocolate flavours, these low carb cookies have been popular for many years with those looking to lose a few kilograms or simply keep in shape.

 

The Maxines Burn Cookie contains a range of thermogenic ingredients, including Green Coffee Bean extract, L-Carnitine and the phaseolamin. This helps to keep the metabolism firing while you meet the challenges of the day.

 

Gen-Tec Casein Custard

If deserts are your thing, then it may be nice to know that they don’t all have to be loaded with calories and carbs.

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Gen-Tec Casein Custard delivers a payload of over 26 grams of protein, derived primarily from casein, and a tiny 151 calories, making this a great muscle recovery treat.

 

This product may be used before bed as a casein protein shake alternative, to support anabolism while you sleep and support the building of lean muscle mass.

 

Gen-Tec have been delivering quality protein and sports nutrition products for a long time, and are the experts in nutritionally relevant to support a healthy body composition.

 

 

High-Protein Snacks Comparison Chart

 

Price per Serving (Based on BOX Price)

Calories

Protein

Carbs

(Available)

Fats

Fibre

BSc Vegan Protein Balls

$4.00

217

17.6

1.9

8.3

4.8

ON Crunch Bar (Choc Flavour)

$3.33

221

20

12

7

5

Maxs Muscle Meal Cookie

$3.58

376

24.3

39.2

13.8

N/A

Horleys Carb Less Treats (4 Bites)

$4.65

196

16.8

4.4

7.2

10.8

Complete Cremes (4 Cookies)

$2.21

240

12

10

10

8

Maxines Burn Cookies

$2.50

170

13

7.5

8.7

2.8

Casein Custard

$2.66

151

26.6

7.6

1.5

0

 

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