I’m sharing 10 high protein snacks that don’t use protein powder. These whole food, protein-packed snacks will keep you satisfied while you’re on the go!
Looking for quick and easy protein snacks that won’t make you choke on a mouthful of powder?
I hear you! Whether you want to keep your blood sugar stable, boost your weight loss efforts, or simply fuel your body with healthy protein, I’ve got great high-protein snack ideas for you.
I’ll introduce you to a world of delicious options, from crunchy roasted chickpeas to creamy nut butter treats. These protein-packed snacks come with impressive grams of protein per serving, and they’re so delicious that you’ll forget you’re even snacking for health.
Plus, I’ll throw in a little fun fact: did you know that cucumbers are a surprisingly good source of protein? Who knew?
So grab your cup of joe and let’s snack smart, snack deliciously, and snack our way to happiness and health!
10 High-Protein Snacks Without Protein Powder
While I love a good protein shake, and there are some delicious protein bars on the market, today I want to share some tasty snack ideas that don’t use any fancy protein powders. These ideas and simple recipes are made with whole food ingredients that are packed with protein — naturally!
Whether you need to refuel after a workout or are simply trying to make it from lunch to dinner during a long workday, these protein-packed snacks will help power you through your day.
These roasted chickpeas make such a delicious and healthy snack! They’re perfectly seasoned, a bit spicy, and super easy to prepare. They’re perfect for parties, snacking in front of the TV, road trips, and so much more! Get the recipe for roasted chickpeas (pictured above) from Vegan Heaven.
Rise and shine, breakfast lovers! Who says pancakes can’t be part of a healthy, high-protein lifestyle? Enter protein pancakes, the perfect blend of fluffiness and fuel. These breakfast beauties are a delicious way to start your day, packed with essential amino acids to keep you energized for whatever comes your way.
Whip up a stack of these golden delights, topped with your favorite fruits and a drizzle of maple syrup, and savor every bite. With protein pancakes in your breakfast arsenal, you’ll conquer the day with a full belly and a smile on your face.
Jerky or Meat Sticks
Jerky and meat sticks can be an excellent go-to snack for those times when you’re looking for something salty and satisfying. Plus, they’re low-carb and high in protein, which means they can help power you through your day like a boss!
If have a hankering for something salty and chewy, jerky or meat sticks are low-carb, high-protein snacks for carnivores alike. I always suggest looking at the ingredient list and picking the ones with the shortest, simplest list, and least amount of preservatives. Chomp, Whole Foods, and Perky Jerky are my favorite brands right now.
Not just for breakfast, veggie egg bites are a perfect mid-morning snack. Make a big batch during your meal prep and store it in the freezer or fridge for a portable protein-packed snack that you can take on the go! You can pop these wholesome muffins into the microwave and reheat them whenever you need a fast, filling breakfast or snack.
For an extra protein boost, stir in some cottage cheese before baking.
For a low-carb snack, simply roll up a slice of your favorite deli turkey with a slice of cheese or some hummus. Want to spice it up? Try these gluten-free Turkey Bacon Ranch Pinwheels – they make for a delicious party appetizer, too!
Greek Yogurt + Granola or Fruit
Greek yogurt is especially high in protein and moderate in calories. Whether you prefer the low-fat or full-fat variety, I think they’re equally delicious. Top with a sprinkle of homemade granola for crunch and fresh berries – super easy and so good.
Peanut Butter Packets
These are ideal for on-the-go – especially air travel! We always have a few packets of Justin’s peanut or almond butter in our packs. I also like that the Rx brand includes egg whites for extra protein. Pair nut butter with an apple or banana, crackers, or eat straight from the packet. Easy as it gets!
Did you know that chia seeds are packed with not only omega-3s healthy fats and fiber, but they’re a decent source of protein, too? One ounce of chia seeds has 10 grams of fiber. Get the recipe for this (beautiful) 3-Ingredient Chia Pudding here. I’ll usually pair it with a couple of scrambled or hard-boiled eggs or some turkey sausage to hit my breakfast protein goal. (Vegetarian friends could pair this with tempeh bacon or use Greek yogurt in the chia pudding.)
Edamame isn’t just an appetizer for your favorite Japanese sushi meal. Just one cup of these beans packs 17 grams of protein! Try adding garlic, coconut aminos, ginger, or other flavorings you enjoy.
Crispy on the outside, and tender on the inside, these bite-sized tofu nuggets are easy to make and certain to please all the kids (and grown-ups!) in your life. You won’t believe how crispy they get in the oven. Get the recipe here!
Protein Ice Cream
Ah, the epitome of summertime bliss – ice cream! But what if I told you that you could indulge in this chilly treat guilt-free? Enter protein ice cream, a frozen delight that not only satisfies your sweet tooth but also pumps up your protein intake. With flavors ranging from classic chocolate to exotic matcha, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Dig into a creamy scoop of protein-packed goodness and let it melt in your mouth while your muscles do a happy dance.
Basic, I know! But a healthy, homemade trail mix can actually pack a protein punch. Just watch for the ones with added sugar or inflammatory seed oils. Try a mix of almonds, pumpkin seeds, and pistachio with a few chocolate chips or dried cherries – you really can’t go wrong. How delicious does this Maple Cinnamon Trail Mix look?
Unleash the deliciousness of powderless protein-packed snacks!
And that’s a wrap, folks!
I hope you’re feeling inspired to try some of these plant-powered protein snacks and find your new favorite snacking option. Remember, protein doesn’t have to mean powders, pills, or unnatural ingredients.
You can also get delicious and healthy plant-based protein options that will keep you fueled and satisfied. With so many options available, you can get creative and mix and match to find the perfect snacks for your taste and lifestyle.
So go ahead, snack away, and enjoy the benefits of these protein-rich snacks! Because, as we all know, snacks make everything better. Happy snacking!
What’s your favorite protein-packed snack? Any favorite recipes that don’t use protein powder?