Protein Power: 12 Quick and Easy Protein-Filled Snacks

26 August 24, 2015 - At Home, Healthy & Fit, Recipes, Wellness, Young Living Lifestyle

From your head to your toes and everything in between, protein is a necessary component of every cell in the body. Your body uses protein to build and repair tissue, and it is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood. You also use protein to make enzymes, hormones, and other essential chemicals in the body. Your hair and nails are almost exclusively made of protein. Clearly, protein is indispensable—both in your body and in your diet.

Along with fat and carbohydrates, protein is a macronutrient, meaning that the body needs relatively large amounts of it. Vitamins and minerals, which are only needed in small quantities, are called micronutrients. But unlike fat and carbohydrates, the body does not store protein and, therefore, has no reservoir to draw on when it needs a new supply.

One study suggests that consuming protein at regular intervals during the day may help support whole-body metabolism. Eating snacks rich in protein throughout the day could aid how your body uses this essential nutrient.1

 

How much do I need?
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Exactly how much protein you need changes with age. According to WebMD, here are a few guidelines for daily protein intake, according to age:

  • Babies: about 10 grams
  • School-age kids: 19-34 grams
  • Teenage boys: up to 52 grams
  • Teenage girls: 46 grams
  • Adult men: about 56 grams
  • Adult women: about 46 grams
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding women: about 71 grams

 

How can I get more protein in my diet?

Here are 10 quick and easy snacks that offer protein! Try adding some of these to your daily routine to give your diet a delicious boost of protein.

  1. Greek yogurt topped with toasted almonds: 17 grams of protein per 170-gram container of nonfat Greek yogurt
  2. Hummus and red pepper slices: 6 grams of protein per 1/4 cup hummus and half a red pepper
  3. Cottage cheese topped with dried wolfberries: 27 grams of protein per 1 cup of cottage cheese and 2 tablespoons of wolfberries.
  4. New Pure Protein Complete in Vanilla Spice or Chocolate Deluxe: 25 grams of protein per serving
  5. Deli rollup: a slice of tomato, lettuce, and thin slices of red bell pepper with a squirt of mustard, all wrapped in a slice of turkey: Pure Protein Complete - Young Living12 grams of protein per 2 rollups
  6. Hardboiled egg: 6 grams of protein per egg
  7. Almond butter with celery sticks or apple slices: 8 grams of protein per 2 tablespoons almond butter and 1 apple or 2 celery stalks
  8. Steamed edamame: 4 grams of protein per 1/2 cup of edamame
  9. Raw almonds: 5 grams of protein per 20 almonds
  10. Roasted chickpeas: 7 grams of protein per 1/2 cup of chickpeas

 

What are some of your favorite ways to incorporate protein into your daily diet? Let us know your quick snack and meal ideas in the comments!

1http://www.webmd.com/men/features/benefits-protein

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  • It’s nearly impossible to find well-informed people on this subject,
    however, you seem like you know what you?re talking about!
    Thanks

  • Lori

    What is the flavor of the “spice” in the Vanilla? I, too, would prefer a plain vanilla so I am leery of trying this one. Thank you.

    • Young Living

      Hi Lori, Great question. Ground nutmeg and other natural flavors comprise the “Vanilla spice” flavor of Pure Protein Complete. Thanks for stopping by with your question!

  • Tris Wenker

    How is this different from a meal replacement shake? I know the Balance Complete is listed as a meal replacement. What is the difference?

    • Young Living

      Hi Tris, Great question. The Pure Protein Complete products are protein supplements which can be used along with fruit and/or other vegetables of your choice to complement a nutritious meal. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Robin Venable

    I just purchased the Chocolate Pure Protein Complete and love it!

    My morning meal:

    1 c. Certified Organic Whole Milk
    1 scoop P.P.C. Chocolate
    A handful of frozen strawberries

    Blend until well mixed, then switch blender to Whip

    Pour into one tall glass and enjoy!

    MMMM.. Best protein drink I have ever put in my mouth! (And I have to have protein the rest of my life due to Gastric Bypass surgery 7 years ago.

    This serving size gives me 12.5 grams of protein

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  • I’m wondering, what are the “natural flavors” that is listed in the ingredients? I’m trying to stay away from gluten.

    • Young Living

      Hello Tracy, While specific information about the source of the natural flavor in our Pure Protein Complete™ products is confidential; we can confirm that this ingredient is all natural.

      In addition, the Pure Protein Complete products do not include any gluten containing ingredients. However, we cannot guarantee the products as gluten free. It is possible that these products are manufactured in facilities which use gluten in product formulations. Though there may be gluten processed in the same facility please rest assured that according to cGMP’s (current good manufacturing practices) the machinery is cleansed and sanitized between products to prevent contamination. If you have additional concerns about the use of these products we would encourage you to speak to your health care provider.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • Lisa

    I love the chocolate! Could you tell me where the ‘natural flavors’ come from? Im a little Leary of this term & would love any info you can give.

    • Hi Lisa, Thanks for stopping by with your question. While specific details about the source of the natural flavor in our Vanilla Spice Pure Protein Complete formula is confidential, we can confirm that this ingredient is all natural.

  • Tracy

    Is this made with whey protein isolate or whey protein concentrate?

  • Susan

    Is there sugar in this product? If so how much?

  • Kelly Bitner

    I love the new Protein Complete. When I need a quick meal, I’ll put a 1 scoop of vanilla and 1 chocolate in a glass of coconut or cashew milk. It tastes even better with a drop of Peppermint or Cinnamon bark. Another option is to add a handful of kale and spinach, a little bit of zucchini, and some frozen fruit and mix in the blender. Delicious!

  • Sevy

    Question: would you recommend the Pure Protein Complete Vanilla Spice to people with diabetes?

    • Hi Sevy, Unfortunately, we cannot comment on the use of this product in relation to diabetes. If you are concerned that this product may not be right for you, we would suggest contacting your personal healthcare physician for assistance in making a decision regarding whether this product is suited for your personal needs.

  • Kathy

    Is there any soy in this protein powder??

    • Hi Kathy, Thanks for your question. There are no soy derived ingredients in the Pure Protein Complete™ products. It is possible that the products are manufactured in facilities which use soy in product formulations. Though there may be soy processed in the same facility the machinery is cleansed and sanitized between products to prevent contamination. If you have additional concerns about the use of the products we would encourage you to speak to a health care provider. We hope this information is helpful!

  • Samantha Tilton

    I just LOVE the Vanilla Spice Pure Protein Complete. My favorite recipe so far is 2 scoops of powder, 1 tbs of ground cinnamon, 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk, and 1/2 cup of chai tea blended with some ice. I do wish it were a little cheaper but I am a big believer of “You get what you pay for” and I am very happy with this product. Thanks Young Living!

  • Km

    Is the whey protein undenatured?

    • Hi Km! The whey protein used in the Pure Protein Complete products is intact after processing. Thanks for your question!

  • Jodi Ellis

    Does this protein powder contain soy?

    • Hi Jodi, Thanks for your question. The Pure Protein Complete products do not include any soy derived ingredients. It is possible that this product is manufactured in facilities which use soy in product formulations. Though there may be soy processed in the same facility the machinery is cleansed and sanitized between products to prevent contamination. If you have additional concerns regarding the use of this product, please consult your health care provider.

  • Nina Guthrie

    I sure hope the Chocolate comes back in stock soon!

  • Robynn

    Are we going to be getting more flavors? I love Vanilla Spice but sometimes a plain vanilla would be great with certain fruits 🙂

    • Hi Robynn, Thanks for stopping by with your question. At this time, we do not have plans to offer more flavors but we’ll make sure to pass along the suggestion! Thanks for the great idea!

  • Teresa

    I just started using this in the last month, I make a shake in the morning with frozen strawberries! I just love the taste and it is a great way to start my day!

  • Ann Marie Fleet

    Why isn’t it gluten free? I watched one of Gary Young’s videos where he is instructing people on what to eat and what not to eat and gluten was on the what not to eat list. I don’t understand this at all.

    • Thanks for your question, Ann Marie! Pure Protein Complete doesn’t include any ingredients which contain gluten. However, it does not meet the requirements to be designated gluten free as it is not manufactured in a gluten free facility and has not been tested for gluten content specifically. We apologize if this product does not meet your specific needs. We are cognizant of the fact that many individuals are sensitive to gluten or have chosen to refrain from consuming gluten and will consider offering more gluten free options in the future. We hope this information is helpful!

  • Lindsay Williamson

    Is the whey sourced from grass fed/pasture raised dairy?

    • Thanks for your question, Lindsay! The ingredient listed as “whey protein” on the label is in reference to cow-derived whey. The cows are pasture-fed on grass with supplemental grains, hay, corn, alfalfa and soy.

      • Carol McCoy

        Are the supplemental grains GMO Free (corn/soy)?

        • Hi Carol, Thanks for stopping by with your question. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee the cow’s feed as 100% GMO free.

  • Katy Ham

    Is there a good recipe for making this into a hot chocolate?

    • Hi Katy! We do not have a hot chocolate recipe for the Pure Protein, but you could try the Peppermint Hot Chocolate recipe below. This recipe was included as one of last year’s holiday items. We hope you find it useful! Enjoy!

      Peppermint Hot Chocolate

      INGREDIENTS
      1 package (6 bars) of Chocolessence bars
      6 cups sweetened almond milk (or milk of your choice)
      4 drops Peppermint essential oil

      DIRECTIONS
      1.Heat milk on medium high without bringing to a boil.
      2. Add Chocolessence bars and stir occasionally until
      fully melted.
      3. Remove pot from heat and strain through a cheese
      cloth or tea strainer to remove nibs and quinoa crisps.
      4. Set aside nibs and crisps for adding to other recipes
      such as smoothies or granola.
      5. Add Peppermint oil, serve, and enjoy!

      youngliving.com

  • StephNIE

    What is the difference between Dr. Axe Colleen mix and your protein powder? Trying to find out which would be better for me.

    • Hi Stephnie, Unfortunately we are unable to provide information regarding a competitor’s product. To determine if Pure Protein Complete meets your needs, please review the product information found in the product descriptions.

  • Joni Smith

    I have milk product allergy. Has anyone ever tried this product that has milk allergy? I am curious if this will impact me or not. I have a terrible time finding a protein mix without milk.

    • Hi Joni, with your allergy we would not suggest trying the Pure Protein Complete products unless directed by your health care provider.

  • Jennah

    I see in the above comments that the protein powders are not considered gluten-free. Is that because they are just not certified GF or is there actually gluten in the powders? Thanks in advance!!

    • Hi Jennah! The Pure Protein Complete products do not include any gluten containing ingredients. However, we cannot guarantee the products as gluten free. It is possible that these products are manufactured in facilities which use gluten in product formulations. Though there may be gluten processed in the same facility please rest assured that according to cGMP’s (current good manufacturing practices) the machinery is cleansed and sanitized between products to prevent contamination. If you have additional concerns about the use of these products we would encourage you to speak to your health care provider. Thanks for your question.

      • Lesley

        It would be terrific if these food products would be labelled GF. Proper Gluten Free testing and labeling is the modern way.

  • Jackie

    The Hemp Seed Protein needs to be obviously listed on the front of the package. Are military service persons allowed to take this because of the hemp seed in it? They can be kicked out of the service if this is found in their system.

    • Hi Jackie, Thanks for your question. The Hemp Seed Protein in the Pure Protein Complete™ products is from hulled hemp seeds and contains 0.00% THC. It will not cause a positive result on a drug test. Athletes, military, etc. concerned about false positives or testing positive for marijuana should rest assured this product does not have THC and will not result in a positive test result. Hope this information helps.

  • Keri Fisher

    Is the Pure Protein Complete cold pressed?

    • Hi Keri, Thank you for your question. Pure Protein Complete™ is not cold pressed.

  • JUNE HUCHINGSON

    WHAT IS IN THE PROTEIN PACKAGES? AND .. CAN WE BE SURE IT’S ORGANIC? WHY ISN’T THE PACKAGE LABLED ORGANIC. JUNE HUCHINGSON, DETROIT, MI (MEMBER)

    • Thanks for your questions, June. The full ingredients for each product can be found in their online product descriptions. The hemp seed protein and evaporated cane juice crystals in the products are certified organic. The remaining ingredients are not listed as “certified organic”; however, all of the ingredients we use in our products, including the Pure Protein Complete products, are heavily reviewed and inspected for the highest quality. Our vendors are audited and their ingredients are tested in-house to ensure we only offer the most beneficial products.

  • Kristen

    Can this be a meal replacement shake? Looking for an option for lunch because I don’t have time to eat. What additionally should I pair with the shake for lunch? Suggestions? Thanks!

    • Hi Kristen! The Pure Protein Complete products are protein supplements which can be used along with fruit and/or vegetables of your choice to complement a nutritious meal.

  • I just love our New Protein Powder!

    My AM smoothie…..after my 1 ounce shot of Ning Xia Red…..

    A handful of organic spinach
    2 scoops of YL Vanilla Protein
    10 oz of organic Coconut Water

    Yummy for my Tummy!!

  • Adrienne Wynkoop

    My husband and I have decided to change our eating habits and lifestyle. I took him to one of my upline’s classes right after convention, and he fell in love with it. He is now onboard with all my Oily business!

  • evangeline jones

    is the new protein complete gluten free

    • Hi Evangeline! The new Pure Protein Complete products are not considered gluten free.

  • Anna

    Can I use Pure Protein Complete if I breastfeeding and do I have to mix with liquid or simple add to for example oatmeal? Can my kids 11. 8. And 4 years old eat it too?
    Thank you

    • Hi Anna! If nursing, please consult a health professional prior to use. For optimal product experience, we would suggest using it as directed in a liquid such as water, rice, almond or other milk. Hope this helps!

  • Hmmm… on the actual package it says FOLATE… maybe we’re good 🙂

  • Karen Lange

    Don’t forget about the protein in quinoa and other oddball grains such as spelt, kamut, teff and amaranth for those of us who don’t eat (much) meat or dairy.

  • Jessica

    Their is no detailed description on how much your receiving. I’m trying to find how many ounces the bag has in it. Can anyone help?

  • Becky Bruckman

    Are the protein shakes Gluten-Free? I don’t see indicators on the label and I have a person with Celiac Disease that is asking.

    • Bonnie

      29 oz

    • Sarah Taylor

      29.4 oz

    • Hi Becky! The new Pure Protein Complete products are not considered gluten free.

  • Cool!) i want that!

  • Sara

    Love this new product! Have smoothies daily.

  • Sarah McBride

    I carry peanut butter crackers in my purse for a quick source of protein when I’m out and about 🙂 I can’t wait to try the new Pure Protein Complete!

  • David

    What type of protein is it?

  • Lauren Vandermeer

    We are loving the new protein complete powder! We add it to our smoothies each morning to bump up our protein intake at breakfast. Delicious!

  • Carolyn Hart

    I use Pure Protein Complete chocolate of course with coconut milk. Taste good and filling.

  • Devi Torwalt

    This is both mine, husbands & children’s FAVOURITE product! There’s not a day that goes by that we do not drink this! SO GOOD!!!

  • Add it to my oatmeal:)

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