Food & nutrition
Protein-packed snacks
Finding yourself in the kitchen more often than usual? Stay fuller for longer with these superstar snack ideas.
Published 16 October, 2019

Weekly topic: 10 ways to ease stress during tough times


Have the headlines got you feeling on edge? Are you finding yourself wandering into the kitchen more often?

There are a few reasons you might be eating a little more than usual at the moment:

1. We have more unstructured time

When our routines get disrupted and our time isn’t structured the way it typically is, it can be extra challenging to maintain the healthy habits we’ve developed.

2. We’re thinking differently

“Everything is so out of sorts right now, it doesn’t matter what I eat.” Sound familiar? Acknowledge your concerns, and try telling yourself: “I’m worried and not in my regular routine, but keeping up the habits I’ve been building matters to me. I’m going to create a plan to help myself stay on track.”

3. We’re stressed

It’s no secret that stress eating is a thing. Having pre-prepared snacks can help ensure you’ve got something healthy to snack on, rather than reaching for the biscuit tin.

If you’re more snackish than usual, try protein-based snacks, which are tasty, satisfying and can keep you fuller for longer. Scroll to find out more, and for recipes.


The power of protein


Of all the nutrients we can choose, protein appears to have the greatest hunger-busting or appetite-satisfying effect. When you include a source of lean protein in a meal, you're likely to feel fuller for longer, which can help prevent overeating. Talk about protein power!

Thanks to our science-backed SmartPoints® system, you'll naturally start eating more lean protein on the WW programme. Scroll down for protein-filled snack ideas!

Protein-packed snacks

Yogurt, almonds, peanut butter, chickpeas, tuna, lentils, cheese...there are plenty of high-protein foods to choose from when you're feeling peckish. Here are a few snack recipes to get you started.

Can I eat protein bars on WW?


Whoever said the best things come in small packages must have been talking about protein bars.

The superstar snack is everything when it comes to convenience, particularly when you're busy working toward a weight loss goal.

Hungry in the afternoon, even after snacking on a ZeroPoint™ apple? Protein bar to the rescue. In need of an easy-to-eat snack to bring with you on a hike? Protein bar. You get the picture.

However, not all protein bars are created equally, so it’s a good idea to check the nutrition label before digging in. Some bars are sky-high in sugar and calories, which can cost you quite a few SmartPoints®. A number of protein bars also include artificial ingredients, including sweeteners.


WW protein snacks


There are plenty of protein snacks and products available at the online WW Shop, including:

  • Protein Bar Chocolate Crunch (2 SmartPoints per bar)
  • Protein Bar Mint Crunch (2SP per bar)
  • Protein Bar Raspberry Crunch (2SP per bar)
  • Protein Wraps (3SP per wrap)
  • Protein Cheese Crackers (2SP per serving)
  • And plenty more!

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