Snack healthy with these high protein snack ideas! I’m sharing tons of recipes, each with at least 5g of protein per serving and some of my favorite store-bought snacks that are high in protein as well.
Snacks tends to get a bad rap, mostly because a lot of snack foods aren’t super healthy.
But snacking can actually be a great way to keep hunger at bay and help with weight loss (or weight maintenance). It’s all about choosing the right snacks… ones that are satisfying and filling.
The key = make sure your snacks are high in protein!
I’ve found that high protein snacks are the best option when it comes to snacking because they keep me feeling full… not running back to the cabinet for more like some snacks tend to do. I’m looking at you chips and crackers.
For this reason I’m always on the hunt for protein-rich snacks and wanted to create this resource as an easy guide.
Why is Protein Important?
If you’ve been reading the blog for awhile, you know how much I stress the importance of protein! I specifically aim to have a balance of protein, fiber and healthy fats for every meal and snack. But why? Protein helps stabilize your blood sugar and keeps you feeling fuller, longer.
It helps satisfy cravings, helps with weight loss (or weight management) and has so many important functions within the body, including muscle repair. So while the mainstream media messaging might be that protein is only important for athletes and body builders, I’m here to let you know that protein is important for everyone!
High Protein Snack Recipes
All of these snack recipes have at least 5 grams of protein per serving! Enjoy!
Now more than ever, I’m relying on quick grab-and-go snacks because I’m so busy running after a toddler! I’ve found a great selection of healthy store-bought snacks for when I’m on the road or when I don’t have time to prep something. Here are the high protein snacks I recommend:
Meat sticks – I always stock up on Chomps for a shelf stable, protein-packed snack. They are perfect for taking on the go, made with high quality ingredients and free of all 8 major allergens. You can even use them as mini pepperonis to top my zucchini pizza bites.
Nuts or trail mix – check the ingredient list when buying store-bought trail mixes and nuts to make sure there isn’t a ton of sodium, oil and sugar added! When it comes to nuts I like to stick with lightly salted and roasted or raw and for trail mix I like to stick to mixes that are just nuts and dried fruit. Back to Nature has some great options with minimal ingredients.
RX Bars – these are my go-to store bought protein bars because their ingredient list is so minimal. They have a ton of flavor options, but my personal favorite is the chocolate sea salt.
Nut butter packs – have you seen those little squeeze packs of almond or peanut butter? They’re a great way to easily add protein to meals when traveling! I pair them with oatmeal or fruit. I love Artisana because their nut butters are raw and have no added sugar or oil.
Hummus – these Sabra hummus snackers come with pita chips for dipping and are a great on-the-go snack option. They’re packed with 11 grams of protein per serving.
Roasted Chickpeas – these Biena chickpea snacks are crunchy and made with minimal ingredients – just roasted chickpeas, sunflower oil and sea salt. They’re a great alternative to chips and packed with 6 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber per serving.
Protein Shakes – definitely check the nutrition label of store-bought protein drinks because many have tons of added sugar or a long list of ingredients that are hard to pronounce. My favorite protein drink while on-the-go is this REBBL chocolate protein elixir. It has only 9 grams of sugar and is packed with 16 grams of plant-based protein and and good-for-you ingredients like Ashwagandha, Maca, and Reishi. I’ve heard good things about the Koia protein shakes too!
Crackers – I skip the crackers that are high in sodium, loaded with refined grains and have a lack fiber. These flax seed crackers are great because they’re loaded with 8 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein per serving. Another great store-bought cracker option is these Back to Nature whole lotta seeds cracker. They have a whopping 7 grams of protein per serving thanks to the natural protein found in the four seeds (flax, chia, poppy, and hemp) and the addition of a plant-based pea protein powder. I also LOVE the Simple Mills almond flour crackers! They have less protein (only 3 grams) but they’re yummy.
Granola – if you’re buying store-bought granola make sure to check the label! Many granolas are loaded with tons of sugar. This KIND almond butter granola is a good option as it’s loaded with whole grains, fiber and 10 grams of protein.