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Get Fit Protein Snacks 

Have you ever come home from work and polished off a bag of potato chips while cooking a healthy dinner? Felt the midday slump? Had trouble losing weight or gaining muscle? The problem may lie in your snacks -- or lack thereof. Snacking on high-protein foods can help you feel more satisfied in between meals than fat or carbohydrates. Many protein sources also contain other good-for-you nutrients, such as healthy fats in nut butters, fiber in hummus or calcium in dairy. Protein is an all-around nutrient star: muscle builder, metabolism booster and appetite stabilizer. To make it as easy as possible to fit high-protein snacks into your day, here are 4 portable options with at least eight grams of protein and fewer than four ingredients.                 Join GET FIT with Tammi Jacobs Today

Chocolate-Peanut Popcorn 

Sweet and salty, this snack may taste like dessert, but it has almost a quarter of your daily fiber requirement (a nutrient most people don’t get enough of), healthy fats and protein. Unlike the movie-theater candy version, Nestle Goobers and buttery popcorn, you get the flavor and benefits without all the sugar and saturated fat. This snack offers 286 calories and 10 grams of protein.

A healthier (but still tasty) take on Goobers and movie popcorn.

INGREDIENTS SERVES 1

  • 3 cups Popcorn Airpopped Plain
  • 1 oz Peanuts, Dry Roasted
  • 1 tsp Semi-Sweet Mini Chocolate Chip Morsels
DIRECTIONS 
1 Combine 3 cups of plain, unsalted, air-popped popcorn with 1 ounce of dry-roasted salted peanuts and 1 teaspoon of miniature chocolate chips. 
2 Pop in a movie and enjoy! 
3 You can try other flavor combinations including: raisins, pistachios, etc. 


TRIPLE BERRY SMOOTHIE

Pour this satisfying smoothie into a travel cup and hit the road. Frozen fruit is picked at the peak of ripeness before any of the nutrients start to break down, so it may be healthier than out-of-season berries flown in from another country. In addition to disease-fighting antioxidants, this smoothie also has healthy fats, protein and fiber to help ward off hunger pangs in between meals. This smoothie clocks in at 332 calories and 12 grams of protein.

A super-easy and portable snack that is packed with protein, fiber and antioxidants!

INGREDIENTS

SERVES 1

  • 1 cup low-fat milk
  • 1 tbsp Flax Seed, Ground
  • 2 Whole Fresh Dates
  • 1 cup Frozen Berries

DIRECTIONS

1 Place one cup 1% low fat milk, 1 tablespoon ground flax seed, 2 pitted Medjool dates, and 1 cup of frozen berries in a blender and blend on high until smooth.

2 Add more milk or ice to meet desired consistency.


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Fruit, Seeds and Cheese

While a small serving of cheese may look unassuming, it packs six grams of protein and 15 percent of your daily value of disease-fighting vitamin C. This snack also takes a while to eat and feels satisfying, but doesn’t have many calories. It’s the opposite of a high-calorie iced coffee, which goes down fast and leaves you hungry. This snack combo provides 182 calories and nine grams of protein.

A healthy smorgasbord - without the wine! 

INGREDIENTS

SERVES 1

  • 1 stick String Cheese, Part-Skim Mozzarella
  • 2 tsp pumpkin seeds
  • 1 serving apple

DIRECTIONS

1 Enjoy a snack of part-skim mozzarella string cheese plus one apple and a 1/2-ounce of pumpkin seeds. This weight of pumpkin seeds = 42 seeds.

2 TIP: You can try other type of cheese and seeds/nuts including: pears, peaches, sesame seeds, etc.

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No-Bake Protein Bars

Carbohydrates and protein are the perfect post-workout mix. Many people hate the taste of protein shakes, so a no-bake bar that sneaks protein powder may be the solution. The key is using a good protein powder you enjoy on its own. We find that a plant-based protein powder works best, and you can never go wrong with adding some nuts or peanut butter for a dose of healthy fats. This tasty snack bar contains 106 calories and 13 grams of protein.

Protein on-the-go! These bars are easy to make and you can take them anywhere with you. They're perfect post-workout too. 

INGREDIENTS

SERVES 6

DIRECTIONS

1 Use parchment paper to line a baking dish.

2 Add the oats to a blender and blend until it forms a flour.

3 Next, in a large mixing bowl, combine together the oats with the protein powder and begin to add the milk slowly. You are looking for a very thick batter consistency. You may need to add a bit more milk to make sure it's not too thick.