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Consuming enough protein is one of the biggest challenges for a vegetarian athlete. For vegetarians, finding great snack foods with high protein can be difficult; however, spur-of-the-moment snack foods can make or break a diet. Increase your snacking options with these 5 protein-packed, on-the-go vegetarian eats:
Kashi GoLean Crisp Chocolate Pretzel
This ready-to-eat bar tastes delicious and offers vegetarian athletes a balanced serving of protein and whole grains. The bar has 160 calories, 8 grams of protein and B6 and B12 vitamins. The crisp chocolate pretzel bar is sure to curb your appetite.
Dannon Oikos Greek Yogurt
One serving of plain Oikos Greek Yogurt contains 120 calories and 22 grams of protein. This Greek yogurt is fat-free. Try substituting a dollop of Greek yogurt for sour cream. If you're on-the-go, single serving cups of Oikos are available. To make the yogurt taste sweeter, try adding a drizzle of honey. To make a parfait, add a bit of granola and fresh fruit.
(If you get hungry late at night, it can be tough to stay out of the fridge. Check out the 10 Healthy Late-Night Snacks.)
Silk Vanilla Soy Milk
Vegetarian snacks should taste great, and for those who don't like the taste of soy, Silk vanilla soy milk is a great option. It provides 6 grams of protein per serving and only 100 calories. And don't worry, a cup of Silk vanilla does not have the strange aftertaste or texture usually associated with soy milk.
Emerald Coast Cocoa Almonds
To satisfy a chocolate craving, vegetarian athletes can infuse extra protein into their diet by eating Emerald Coast Cocoa Almonds. These cocoa-covered almonds only have 1 gram of sugar per serving, but they deliver 6 grams of protein. A serving of almonds has fewer calories, fewer carbs (22 grams less, to be exact) and four more grams of protein than a Snickers bar.
(See 6 Super Foods for Superior Performance . . . and yes, almonds are on the list.)
Amy's Black Bean Vegetarian Burger
Amy's black bean vegetarian burger is a great high-protein snack option. The burger has only 140 calories per serving, 6 grams of protein and only 4.5 grams of fat—compared to 26 grams of fat in a McDonald's quarter pounder. (But if you do go to McDonald's, you can eat healthy with their Southwest Salad.)