The right foods, eaten in moderation, help you lose weight.

You may think that dieting means giving up the snacks you love. You’re wrong! You can eat your fill of protein-packed pre-portioned snacks as a way to sustain yourself between meals. The options that we’ve highlighted here are full of flavor, so they taste delicious and satisfy your cravings for something sweet or savory.

Best of all, you can take them with you wherever you go. You’re never without the right snack to eat. Part of the reason why people make diet mistakes is that they go places without first preparing for their day.

They don’t bring lunch or snacks with them because they’re sure they’ll have an opportunity to eat something healthy. That isn’t necessarily the case because lunch breaks are cut short, menus have high-calorie, low nutritional value food or everyone brings items to the potluck that aren’t on your diet.

You can avoid these scenarios by buying your favorite items to eat and drink and making sure that you have a serving with you in your lunch bag, purse, or briefcase. You won’t be forced to depend on the vending machine for something to munch on. That puts you in control of your health and overall well-being.

The following items make the perfect protein-packed snacks.

Chips

Chips are crispy, salty, and packed full of flavor. If you choose a brand such as Quest or any of the other protein snack chip varieties we carry, you get the added benefit of one of the best macronutrients available. Protein helps fill you up, so you eat less and lose more weight. Enjoying a bag of chips in between meals is a good way to snack smarter.

Meat

Jerky and meat sticks are portable, satisfying, and filled with protein. They’re small in size but big in flavor. You’ll find many varieties that are spiced or marinated to perfection. This type of meaty snack can be kept in your lunch bag without an ice pack because they’re shelf-stable and ready to consume on the go.

Fruity Fixes

A sweet and fruity protein shake or smoothie often does the trick to help stabilize blood sugars and keep you slaying your morning task list. Try Syntrax Nectar High Protein Whey Isolate in Caribbean Cooler, Natural Orange or Natural Peach for a true taste sensation. You won’t get the carb overload you’d get from other brands of ready-made shakes and smoothies.

Veggies

Eat your fill of delicious raw vegetables. Snack on a small salad or veggie tray. Baby cucumber slices, celery, snap peas, and cherry tomatoes are great to eat for snacks because they have a high-water content and are easy to package up and carry with you wherever you go.

Portable Protein

For people on the go, having a portable pre-packaged snack is ideal. If you have little time in your schedule to portion out large bags or containers of items, it’s best to look for individual serving sized bags, bars, and bottles of foods. Some great options for you to consider are protein bars, To Go Shakers, and chips.

Dieting doesn’t need to be boring. With some planning in advance, you can eat all the wonderful foods that you were once used to eating. Instead of grabbing any old variety of products that you find on the supermarket or convenience store shelves, you opt to buy brands that make protein a priority. That way, you’re making every calorie count by getting more of the nutrients that you need without all the added sugar, fat, and sodium.