Protein snack… 🤔
I often talk about the marketing power of “protein” and how snacks (and other products) are often promoted or perceived as “healthy” or better because they contain X amount of protein. The reasoning behind this is the fact that increased protein can help with improved satiety (feelings of fullness) so CAN help to prevent overeating. Also those working out may want to focus on protein to help with muscle building. Unless you’re a bodybuilder or athlete you probably don’t need to go out of your way to take in extra protein as most balanced diets contain far more protein than the average person needs. However you may still wish to focus on higher protein foods and snacks to help keep you feeling full.
So you may well see these lentil chips/crisps and think it would be a good snack option – it’s something that feels like a treat (crisps) and it’s says it’s 15% protein – win win! It’s 175 cals which is actually not bad for a snack at all and contains 6g protein – also not bad.
Oh but this is awkward… the humble baked bean snack pot is a mere 158 cals and it will actually provide you with even more protein – 9.4g in fact! Aside from the fact it’s lower calorie, and has more protein, it’s also far greater volume – which also helps to keep you full. It will take longer to eat, and has a higher amount of fibre too which will aid with the feelings of fullness. You also get the bonus of added micronutrients. It is also considerably cheaper!