You know that a food’s protein content helps determine how satisfying it is—and now a new study published in Nutrition Journal suggests that snacks rich in the nutrient may help decrease hunger levels and cause you to consume fewer calories when you sit down to dinner. Translation? Pick the right snacks, and they could help you eat less to slim down. Here are seven options with more than seven grams of protein—all for fewer than 200 calories.
1. Krave Jerkies
At Whole Foods stores, this gourmet take on jerky comes in exotic flavors like Chardonnay Thyme Turkey, Cabernet Rosemary Beef, and Honey Peach Barbecue Pork. They all have eight to 12 grams of protein and 90 calories per one-ounce serving.
2. Elli German Style Quark
This cheese has a consistency kind of like Greek yogurt, but it’s not sour—and it has no added sugar. You can get it in plain, strawberry, blueberry, peach, lemon, pineapple, cherry, vanilla bean, bananas foster, mint chocolate, or sea salt caramel. All of the flavors have about 80 calories and 14 grams of protein per serving.