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Top 5 High-Protein Snacks for Nurses

October 13, 2015

Nursing is a high-energy, demanding profession that requires you to be on top of your game at all times. If you are working as a travel nurse, you need to keep your energy up throughout the day with snacks and meals that are high in protein.

Why Protein?

Every cell in your body needs protein in order to function properly. The body uses protein to build new tissue and repair damage. In addition, protein takes a longer amount of time to digest than other types of nutrients, which prevents you from getting hungry as often at work.

High-Protein Snacks You Will Love

1. Hard-Boiled Eggs

Eggs are low in calories and high in protein, making them the perfect snack for a nurse who needs energy but doesn't want to put on any extra weight. In addition, hard-boiled eggs are portable and can be eaten without dishes or utensils if necessary. However, keep in mind that eggs are high in cholesterol, so you should always eat them in moderation.

2. Turkey

Turkey is another excellent source of lean protein. Whether you eat it by itself or on a wrap, this food provides you with a high amount of protein and very few calories. If you opt for deli-style turkey, remember than it tends to be high in sodium. To limit your intake of sodium, cook your own turkey at home or look for low-sodium deli meat.

3. Nuts

Whether you prefer peanuts, cashews, soy nuts or almonds, nuts are portable and filled with healthy fats and proteins. If you don't have much time to slow down during your shift, you can even carry a bag of nuts in your pocket to snack on while you run from one place to another. For a little variety, consider making your own trail mix with a combination of your favorite nuts and a small amount of dried fruit.

4. Protein shakes

Protein shakes allow you to get the protein you need quickly and efficiently at any time of day. Just add a good source of protein, like whey or casein, to fruit, milk and any other ingredients you enjoy.

5. Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt is both affordable and high in protein. It is also available in light or fat-free varieties for nurses who are watching their calorie intake. To keep things interesting, consider pairing yogurt with fresh fruit or chia seeds.

Protein is an essential component to every person's diet, but it is especially important for busy travel nurses. Keep some of these high-protein snacks with you at work to keep yourself feeling energized.

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