If you want to lose weight or build muscle, ensuring you have enough protein in your diet is essential.
Protein will fill you up, satisfy you, and keep you feeling fuller for longer. This is an unbeatable combo if you want to avoid overeating.
There are so many fabulous ways to enjoy protein rich snacks as part of the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.
There are many savoury options that you can prepare in advance to enjoy on busy days, why not try one of these six recipes?
6 high protein savoury snacks to help build muscle
1. Roasted Chickpeas
Chickpeas are legumes that are full of protein and fibre. This recipe from the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge shows you how to turn them into a crispy treat that’s great for a healthy snack. Preheat the oven to 230C / gas mark 8. Take 400 grams chickpeas (drained and rinsed) and pat them dry. Toss them in a bowl with 20ml olive oil, a pinch of paprika and chilli powder, then season to taste with salt and pepper. Spread them in a single layer in a non-stick roasting tin and bake for 30-40 minutes, until crunchy and crisp.
2. Mini Frittata
Here we have some tasty homemade mini Spinach Bacon and Zucchini Frittatas from 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge member Chloe Nowland.
Simply cook a chopped rasher of bacon until crisp, then add a grated courgette to the pan with a handful of baby leaf spinach. When the greens are wilted, remove from heat. Whisk 4 eggs with a dash of milk in a jug.
Spray 12 holes of a muffin tray with olive oil spray, then divide the bacon and veggies among each hole. Pour in the egg mixture and bake at 180C / gas mark 4, until puffed and golden.
Use whatever veggies you have to hand to make your own frittatas.
3. Mexican Layer Dip
Black beans are a great way to get a protein hit. Keep a tin in the pantry so that you can easily make this dip anytime. This healthy dip tastes as good as it looks, and thanks to 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge member Janet Cook for sharing her photo with us.
Recipe available to members of the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.
4. Tamari Almonds
Mix 4 cups (480g) of almonds with 20ml of tamari (gluten free soy sauce). Roast them in the oven for around 20 minutes for a yummy, moreish snack.
5. Curried Egg
We know that egg is a high protein snack, but if you want something more than just a boiled egg try curried eggs instead. Take 1 boiled egg, and add 1/2 tsp curry powder, 1 tbsp Greek yogurt and a pinch of salt.
Mash well and serve on top of crackers, crispbread, or on top of sticks of cucumber.
6. Tuna and Cannelini Bean Dip
Tuna and beans together is a protein match made in heaven. This simple dip can be customised depending on your tastes – this photo from 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge member Kendal Arbon shows her adding some chilli flakes for some extra heat.
Just mix one 400g tin of cannellini beans (drained and rinsed) with 30ml olive oil, the juice of 1 lemon, 100g tin of tuna (drained), 2 green shallots (chopped) and salt and pepper to taste. Serve with vegetable sticks for a healthy snack.
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