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Healthy Habits for the Back to School Season Part 1: High Protein Snacks

By Dana Babeu, R.D. | August 23, 2022

As the lazy days of summer wind down, the back-to-school shuffle starts. Homework, fall sports and extracurricular activities are enough to interrupt even the best healthy meal intentions. At New Jersey Bariatric Center we understand the challenges of eating on-the-go, so we’ve put together part one of a 3 part series on effective ways to tackle the demands of the back to school routine while staying on track with your health goals. The first part of this series is going to outline some healthy, high protein snacks that you can grab and go.

Don’t Leave Home Empty-Handed

One of our most consistent pieces of advice is don’t leave home empty-handed. Pack a few high protein snacks for yourself and your family and you’ll be prepared with healthy choices regardless of what the day throws your way. 

Jerky

Low-sugar meat sticks and beef jerky are non-perishable and a great way to get some protein on-the-go. Chomps, Archer Farms and Epic are a few good brands to consider. 

Protein Snacks + Shakes

Consider these when you need a snack or meal replacement. Bariatric patients should look for bars and shakes with at least 15 grams of protein and less than10 grams of total carbohydrates per serving. Even kids can grab a shake or bar. Brands like Orgain, Zbar and Perfect Kids offer kid-friendly and convenient options. 

Nuts and Seeds

Snack sized bags of nuts and seeds pack a lot of nutrition into a small serving. Aim for a serving size of ¼-⅓ of a cup to get all the benefits of healthy fat, fiber and protein without going overboard on calories. Lightly salted or seasoned nuts are also good options, just avoid varieties with added sugar. 

High Protein Dairy

A small, insulated lunch bag with reusable ice packs can be a great way to increase the variety of on-the-go healthy options. Low fat yogurt, single-serve cheeses and hard boiled eggs are some great snacks with sources of protein. 

Homemade Cracker Sandwiches

Make some DIY peanut butter crackers that taste (almost) too good to be healthy. Look for crackers made with ingredients like almond flour, cauliflower or seeds for a lower carb alternative to traditional options made from refined flour. Some brands to try are Simple Mills, From the Ground Up and Flackers. Stick with one serving of crackers (or less) and spread with 2 tablespoons of natural peanut, almond or sunflower butter for a crunchy and satisfying snack. 

Stay tuned for part 2 of this series on healthy fast food options for those hectic weeknights when you’re on-the-go. 

For more information on high protein snacks and staying on track, make an appointment to see your dietitian at 908-481-1270.

Dana Babeu, RD, is a registered dietitian at New Jersey Bariatric Center, a medical & surgical weight loss center with offices in Springfield, Somerville, Hoboken, East Brunswick, Hackettstown and Sparta, New Jersey. She provides pre-operative and post-operative nutritional counseling to New Jersey Bariatric Center’s Gastric Bypass, Gastric Sleeve, LAP-BAND (gastric band) and revision patients, in addition to dietary counseling for patients in our Medical Weight Loss program.
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