At the end of the day I usually have some extra room for carb macros and I do that on purpose – I like snacking. When I still have some protein macros left to for the day I don’t feel so bad choosing foods that also have some extra carbs in the them. Here’s some of my favorite protein macro caps, including some side dish options and a dessert.
Edamame | Edamame is not only delicious and fun to eat, but it’s an easy way to add in those final grams of protein for the day. Edamame is also a perfect side dish for almost any meal I make for dinner. I usually buy frozen edamame from Costco and steam it in the microwave with a little bit of sea salt, and sometimes a little soy sauce to dip the beans in. Calories and macros 1/2 cup – about 75 grams: 100 calories, 9 carbs, 8 protein, 3 fat.
Soy Nuts | Nut are a great source for all three macros in different amounts, and soy nuts have been my personal favorite lately. Soy nuts have a much lower fat content than almonds, which I also love, making them easier to fit into my macros. Calories and macros on 28 grams of roasted, unsalted soy nuts: 140 calories, 10 carbs, 10 protein, 6 fat.
Jif Peanut Butter Powder | While peanut butter powder is not exactly the same as peanut butter, it’s a better alternative if you’re trying to keep your calories cut and you have low fat macros like myself. I like to have this on top of rice cakes usually mixed with a little vanilla protein powder to up the protein macros just a bit. Calories and macros on 15 grams: 70 calories, 4 carbs, 8 protein, 2 fat. For fun, here’s the calories and macros on Jif’s Creamy Peanut Butter: 190 calories, 8 carbs, 7 protein, 16 fat. Powder has more protein and less calories than traditional spread – that’s winning my book.
Low Fat Ice Cream | Are you excited that I’m telling you to eat ice cream as a macro cap? You’ll definitely need to be sure you have some extra carb macros for this macro cap and if you’re able to find a low fat or “light” version of your favorite ice cream then you’ll be set. My local grocery store caries the brand Stoneridge Ice Cream and the light churned vanilla with some whip cream and sprinkles makes the best dessert – it’s the little things in life. Calories and macros for 63 grams: 110 calories, 17 carbs, 3 protein, 3 fat.