In the sit-down work world of a 9-5 job, we follow our colleagues down a similar path You're hungry. It is 3pm. The runner gets everyone’s order for sugar refined carb snacks and coffee drinks full of sugar. If your next move typically involves a bag of chips — or anything sugary — it's officially time to mix it up. That's because while research shows that the vast majority of adults are daily snackers, those over 50 need to do so even more wisely. “As you get older you need fewer calories, so you want to make sure you get more nutrition per bite,” says Joan Salge Blake, nutrition professor at Boston University and host of the health and wellness podcast Spot On!
But you're not only after something low in calories. And it's OK if a single apple doesn't quite do it for you. Along with vitamins and minerals, an ideal snack should provide high protein and fiber too. Ideally, we can eat something on the go that won’t break our wellness goals and won’t break the bank.
Here are five power-packed snacks that will help you satisfy cravings and give your body the fuel it needs:
- Quest Bars or Chips~ These protein-filled snacks really do not taste like any other product out there. They satisfy our fiber and sugar-free needs without sacrificing flavor. Each bar or bag has at least 20 grams of protein.
- Aged Cured Salami~ They are easy to pack, don’t spoil when carrying all day, and have high protein per low calorie punch!
- Canned Smoked Trout~ I know some are turned off by the smell, but each can has 140 calories and 20 grams of protein.
- Almonds~ These pack in fiber, protein, and healthy fats, coming in at 6 grams of protein per ounce.
- Beef or Turkey Jerky~ If we choose a low sodium and low sugar brand (read the ingredient labels), jerky has about 10 grams or more per serving.
Add in a few baby carrots, and we are set to satisfy our body and brain for hours…
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