Here, then, is how to make a high-protein snack for athletes:
- Pancake with Extra Virgin Olive Oil Fruttato
- Wholegrain sandwich with lettuce and a low-fat cold meat like bresaola.
- Greek yogurt with our Pitted Olives and a pinch of turmeric.
As for actual training, while it is a good idea to consume the right amount of carbohydrates before working out, it is also important to pay attention to what you eat after exercising in order to prevent brain fog, restore lost energy and help rebuild muscle tissue, preventing the onset of annoying cramps.
Protein snacks for losing weight
Having a snack between meals is always a good idea, particularly if you are on a weight-loss diet and have to stay disciplined at mealtimes. To avoid sitting down to lunch or dinner on an empty stomach, you can alternate light but filling snacks that won’t tip the balance.
What are the best snacks for those on diets? Here are a few ideas suitable for all seasons:
- A low-fat or fat-free yogurt, preferably plain and made from goat’s milk
- A portion of cottage cheese
- One cooked egg white
- A slice of roast beef
- A small portion of Grana Padano PDO cheese
- A few peanuts (ideal portion: 0.9 - 1 oz per day)
- An apple
Although the idea of eating vegetables to sate your hunger in the middle of the morning or the afternoon may not appeal at first, it is an option worth reconsidering. Carrots, celery, fennel and tomatoes are easily portioned and can be taken to work and wherever else you go. Another superfood worth remembering is cabbage, in all its many forms: this should form part of any balanced diet because of its health benefits.
How to make a high-protein snack at home?
Making your own protein and granola bars is much easier than it sounds and, as well as saving money, you will also benefit in terms of flavor by being able to choose your favorite ingredients.
Homemade energy bars
Ingredients for 4 bars:3.5 oz honey, 1.5 oz oatmeal, 0.7 oz puffed rice, 0.4 oz pumpkin seeds, 0.2 oz dried fruit.
Pour the oatmeal into a bowl and add all the other dry ingredients one at a time: puffed rice, pumpkin seeds and your favorite dried fruit. Mix and incorporate each ingredient individually. Heat the honey over a low heat until it becomes liquid. Pour the warm honey over the cereal, stirring carefully to amalgamate all the ingredients. Let the mixture stand for a few minutes while you line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Pour the contents of the bowl onto the parchment paper with the help of a spoon and flatten the mixture so it takes the shape of the baking sheet. Cook in a pre-heated oven at 350°F for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and leave to cool completely. Once it has cooled, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 12 hours. All that’s left to do is to slice up the block with a smooth-edged knife, trying to make sure it doesn’t crumble it as you cut it into bars.
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