“Protein powder or other supplements can be a better choice than crackers, candy bars or other less healthy, quick snack ideas,” Tiller says. “So it can be helpful to have them on hand for occasions that make it difficult to sit down and have a healthy, well-balanced meal of regular foods.”
If you choose to use a protein power, Tiller says it’s important to buy from a reputable source because they aren’t regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. She also encourages people to make sure their choice is not high in sugar, artificial sweeteners or other additives and fillers.
Otherwise, Tiller encourages people to seek out whole foods and healthy snacks such as Greek yogurt, which can contain up to 18 grams of protein in a 6-ounce serving, or cottage cheese, which can contain up to 28 grams of protein in one cup.
Concerned about protein intake should be brought with your doctor or a registered dietitian, Tiller says. He or she can help you determine the right options for your health and lifestyle.