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7 Protein Snacks to Pack in your Bag

Update Date: Oct 24, 2014 02:18 PM EDT

If you are having a busy day, chances are you cannot sit down and eat a healthy meal. Instead of eating unhealthy snacks within your reach, stay healthy by packing snacks in your bag or leaving them in the fridge at work. Here are seven snack options that are high in protein:

1. Cottage cheese

A single serving (five-ounces) of cottage cheese, which is very portable, contains 20 grams of protein. Not only is cottage cheese filling, it also low in calories and it is packed with calcium.

2. Hardboiled egg

Bringing a hardboiled egg with you to work or on the go can be problematic due to the odor. However, if you can to eat an egg without stinking up your surroundings, this snack option is perfect. A hardboiled egg contains six grams of protein, 77 calories and high levels of vitamins D and B-12.

3. Peanut butter packs

Many companies sell single-serving packets of peanut butter, which is rich in healthy fats and protein. Smear the peanut butter onto fruit, such as a banana or an apple, as opposed to bread or crackers to make your snack even healthier.

4. Cheese

Cheeses also come in individual packs. Even though cheese is high in fat, eating it in moderation can be good for your bones since cheese is packed with calcium. One serving of string cheese or a Mini Babybell wheel has anywhere from six to eight grams of protein.

5. Oatmeal

Keeping instant oatmeal packets in your bag can make for an easy and healthy snack. These packets can be heated up in the microwave or with hot water within minutes. Even though oatmeal is good for you, remember to stick to the packets that do not have too much added sugar. If you want to control what goes into your oatmeal, just pack your own mini bags of instant oatmeal that you can make easily at work. One serving of oatmeal contains four grams of protein and about 150 to 200 calories.

6. Edamame

The popular Japanese appetizer, edamame, is another healthy snack that can easily be packed. Just one-half of a cup worth of edamame has eight grams of protein. The soybean is also rich in fiber and low in calories.

7. Roasted Chickpeas

If you have the time, roasting your own chickpeas can yield a healthy and tasty snack. For every quarter-cup of chickens, there are seven grams of protein and about five grams of fiber.

No matter how busy your schedule might be, remember to stick to healthy snacks that can keep you satisfied throughout the day.

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