It seems like everyone’s looking for ways to eat more protein. And there’s a good reason for it, too: Often known as the “building block
” of the body, protein is important for repairing tissue and fighting infection. You’ve also probably heard that your body uses protein for energy, and that it's satiating
, meaning it's what makes your meals and snacks filling and more satisfying.
It's important to build protein into your snacks, especially, because while a bag of chips or a handful of candy is certainly tasty, it likely won't keep you satisfied until dinner. High-protein snacks also help keep your blood sugar even (so you don't experience an energy rush and subsequent crash), explains Lara Metz, RDN.
When picturing high-protein foods, many people’s minds immediately jump to meat. But grilled chicken isn't the only way to get a healthy dose of protein. To help you out, we asked a handful of our favorite registered dietitians for their favorite protein-packed snack ideas. Click through to check them out.