Let's Talk About Protein

Here’s what works for me – my snacks *must* contain protein in it.  If not, I’m going to just end up cranky and hungry.  But if my munchie contains a decent amount of protein (and fat, too), then I feel satisfied for much longer. 

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Do you know the word “hangry?”  It’s a combination of hungry and angry.  When I sense that Henry is getting hangry, I practically RUN to the fridge for a protein snack.  A hangry toddler is a scary thing…

 

But, truthfully, a hangry Caitlin is no better! 

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So when I snack (usually once in the morning, after workouts, in the afternoon and after dinner, which we have pretty early), I always reach for something with protein in it.  String cheese and cheese sticks are a big favorite in my household!  The Sargento® Natural String Cheese variety has 8 grams of protein per serving – that’s more protein than a serving of almonds (about 23 almonds) or a hard-boiled egg.

 

Check out how this favorite snack stacks up against the competition:

 

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Servings sizes: 1 cheese stick, 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, 1 ounce of almonds, 1 egg

 

Sargento® is my favorite brand because of all the different varieties (14 of them!), like Cheddar, Cheddar-Mozzarella, Colby-Jack, Cheddar-Jack, Pepper Jack, and more.  I love them because they are portable and fast so I can stay fueled on the go.  And I keep them in the bottom drawer of the fridge so Henry can easily grab them, too. The Sargento® Natural Cheese Snacks have up to 8 grams of protein per serving, so they keep you feeling satisfied and definitely not hangry!

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One of my #1 healthy living tips is to keep snacks in your gym bag.  You should fuel right after hard exercise, and if you leave the gym empty handed, you’ll feel that blood sugar start to crash.  So I always try to keep my bag stocked with snacks.  I’ll even throw a cheese stick into my bag as I head out – it survives just fine in my bag for an hour or so!  These snacks are great to eat in the locker room or on the way home.

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What’s your favorite protein snack?  If you need some more ideas, here are some more smart snacking suggestions!


Caitlin Boyle

Caitlin Boyle

 

Hi there. I’m Caitlin Boyle. Most people around the Internet know me as CaitlinHTP. I started Healthy Tipping Point  Blog back in 2008 as a way to document my effort to lead a healthier, happier, and more balanced life. In 2009, I launched the Operation Beautiful movement, which encourages people to write positive messages on Post-It notes and leave them in public places for other people to find. I also write freelance articles and do motivational speaking. I’m a gluten-free vegetarian. I am the author of three books, which I am very proud of. I was born and raised in Miami, Florida.