With the CrossFit games in full swing, it’s time we took a look at the nutrition behind this high-intensity sport. Many CF-ers eat a diet consisting of animal proteins and lots of veggies while skipping fast food and processed carbs. This nutritional regime is also known as the Paleo diet and is practiced by more than just these powerlifting people.

Those looking for a healthy snack — that isn’t celery sticks and hummus — may be unsure of where to turn when their stomachs start grumbling. Well, not anymore.

These 4 protein-packed foods will curb your urge to open a bag of chips or sleeve of cookies. And if you’ve just come home from completing a WOD, it’s time to refuel.

1. KRAVE Jerky

If Slim Jim meat sticks are the first thing that comes to mind when you see the word jerky, think again. KRAVE is a gourmet and all-natural line of pork, turkey and beef jerky that has 9 plus grams of protein per serving.

And with flavors like Sweet Chipotle and Black Cherry Barbecue, your previous idea of gas station dried beef just became gourmet.

2. Rhythm Superfoods Kale Chips

If you’ve never tried kale chips, get ready for your world to be rocked. These crispy chip-like delights are raw, packed with Vitamins A, C, K, B6, Calcium, Manganese, Iron, Potassium, and fiber all while having 6g of protein.

Now this is a snack you don’t have to feel guilty about munching on.

3. Nate’s Meatless Meatballs

Thinking of reducing your animal protein intake? These vegan and vegetarian Italian classics are the perfect choice. It’s a “meatball” option that is easy to pop in the microwave for a quick bite after the gym and are made with protein packed soy.

Individual Spaghetti squash and meatballs, anyone?

4. PB Crave Peanut Butter

Nut butters are loaded with healthy fats and filling protein. But if you’re ready to upgrade from Jif or Skippy, take a look at PB Crave’s peanut butter. This spread is loaded with 6g of protein and has amazing flavor twists, like Coco Bananas, that make it perfect to eat by the spoonful after the gym!

 

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