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5 Fast and Easy Pro-Metabolic Snacks [Eat On the Go]

Updated: May 25, 2023

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Since I started eating a pro-metabolic diet, one of the biggest challenges is snacks! I work full-time, so I have to think ahead about what snacks I’m going to bring to work, otherwise, I end up chowing down on Doritos from the break room. If you’re new to metabolic eating, check out this post on 5 ways to speed up your metabolism. But in short, eating a pro-metabolic diet is simply eating to promote a fast metabolism. One of the biggest keys to a pro-metabolic diet is to eat nutrient-dense foods every few hours to keep blood sugar stable. In today’s world of convenience foods, eating high-quality, nutrient-dense foods takes some forethought and planning.


One side effect of healing my metabolism is that I get HUNGRY! (I probably should have seen that one coming lol!) But, I find now that I’m hungry every 2-3 hours, and I need to have a snack on hand. My job can be very fast-paced. While I would love to take a 15-minute break and sit and eat yogurt and berries, usually I just don’t have the time. I need something I can pull out of my desk drawer and scarf down while I’m walking. I recognize that kind of eating is not ideal, BUT I’d rather eat to keep my blood sugar stable than go hungry.


I’ve found that finding pro-metabolic snacks is HARD! What I typically look for in a pro-metabolic snack is:


1. Made from whole foods (no seed oils, preservatives, or other nasty additives)


2. A balanced snack, so a protein and a carb.


3. Bioavailable protein (meaning the body can easily absorb it). This usually disqualifies plant-based proteins or proteins from most protein powders.


That automatically disqualifies some of the most common snacks people consider healthy, such as granola bars or nuts, which are not pro-metabolic as nuts and seeds, actually, slow the metabolism!


There's nothing wrong with keeping things simple, such as a banana and a beef stick. That's perfect! It's balanced, very healthy, and bioavailable! I usually snack at least 3 times a day, so I like to switch it up, and not eat the same thing over and over again.



Here are 5 of my go-to snacks:


1. An organic, grass-fed beef stick and fruit leather.


Here's a link to high-quality beef sticks, and fruit leather that I actually buy and keep inside my desk. I spend a bit of time looking for organic and grass-fed beef sticks, and these are delicious. I ALWAYS keep a stash in my desk at work and in my car. If I carried a purse, I'd keep them there too. The fruit leather could be easily made at home if you wanted to save some money. I suppose you could also make the beef stick at home too, but I’m still a bit intimidated by making beef sticks.


2. Raw milk with a scoop of collagen powder OR a raw egg yolk and maple syrup


This snack may sound strange, but hear me out. Milk is an excellent source of whole nutrition! One cup of milk contains 8 grams of protein and 12 grams of carbohydrates! Use collagen powder or an egg yolk to bump the protein and nutrition content and a splash of maple syrup for sweetness and extra carbohydrates.


This one does need to stay in a tumbler that will keep it cool or in a refrigerator. But, I like that it’s high in protein, and I can easily drink something on the go. I can set the tumbler on my desk in the morning, and when I get hungry start drinking it.


3. Beef jerky and dates


This snack is so simple, but so delicious and filling. I can keep both of these items inside my desk at work, and whip them out when I get hungry. For extra speed, go ahead and take the seed out of the date before you pack it.


4. A smoothie with collagen powder


This one takes planning ahead, and about 5 minutes of prep in the morning. Like the milk/collagen powder, it needs to be either kept in the fridge or in a tumbler that will keep it cool. But again, I like that I can drink it. I don’t have a recipe for this that I use every time, but I usually make it with some variation of these ingredients: mixed fruit, a banana, 2 scoops of collagen powder (for bioavailable protein), and either raw milk or juice. This is a very balanced snack, and absolutely delicious! Be warned, if you’re drinking this at work, be aware that tiny pieces of blueberry might get stuck in your teeth!


5. A high-protein baked good


This is one of my all-time favorite snacks to bring to work. It does take the most prep as it needs to be baked ahead of time. I also prefer sourdough baked goods, which can take 24 hours for the whole process! But another option is to use gluten-free flour, like almond flour. But it’s still easy and fast to whip out and eat, and incredibly balanced! My favorite right now is a slice of sourdough, protein pumpkin bread! You can also make a high-protein cookie, or high protein, brownie!







 

And that’s it! My 5 go-to, pro-metabolic snacks to eat on the go! What are some of your favorite snacks to eat on the go? Let me know in the comments!


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