Who doesn't love a good snack?
Problem is, if you're not careful, the snacking never stops. Unless you pick the right snack, that is -- something tasty enough to quell your cravings and satisfying enough to keep you from coming back for more.
The key may be protein. In a 2012 study, University of Missouri researchers found that among healthy women, those who ate a high-protein snack (defined as one containing 24 grams of the good stuff) felt full for longer than women who ate medium- or low-protein snacks.
"Twenty-four grams of protein is more than some people have in a meal," Elizabeth M. Ward, RD, tells The Huffington Post. "Snacks with that much protein will have substantial calories, and people need to account for that."
A few points of reference: A large hard-boiled egg clocks in at six grams of protein. Two tablespoons of crunchy, unsalted peanut butter contains eight grams. And four ounces of low-fat cottage cheese has 14 grams. Greek yogurt, the current darling of the high-protein snack world, can have as much as twice the protein as traditional yogurt.
We asked Ward and other nutrition experts to share some suggestions for a tasty snack meeting the 24-grams-of-protein requirement -- and some truly do seem like a meal. Check out the expert-approved snacks below, then share your favorite high-protein snack in the comments!
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