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8 Great Protein Snacks

By Lynn Prowitt

 

Have you ever wondered why experts recommend eating protein at every meal and snack? Protein is arguably the most important of the three macronutrients (protein, fat, carbs), but did you know a percentage of the protein you eat gets turned into glucose? It turns out that the process is labor intensive (your liver does the conversion work) and so the rise in your blood sugar is slow and hardly noticeable compared to blood-sugar-spiking carbs.

The other thing about protein is it's filling and satisfying. "In my practice, I've noticed that when people consume healthy, protein-rich snacks like unsalted nuts or nut butters, they simply consume fewer carbs," says dietitian Susan Weiner, MS, RDN, CDE, a member of dLife's medical advisory board and author of The Complete Diabetes Organizer (Spry, September 2013). Weiner likes to recommend high-protein snacks that aren't thought of as snack foods: "For example, rolled up, fresh turkey dipped in hummus can be a great afternoon snack."

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Reviewed by Susan Weiner, RD, MS, CDE, CDN, 2/14.


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