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!
While I love a good protein shake, and there are some really tasty 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 are made with whole food ingredients that are packed with protein — naturally!
Whether you’re needing to refuel after a workout, or are simply trying to make it from lunch to dinner during a long work day, these protein-packed snacks will help power you through your day.
10 High-Protein Snacks Without Protein Powder
1. Roasted Chickpeas
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.
2. Jerky or Meat Sticks
If have a hankering from something salty and chewy, jerky or meat sticks are low-carb, high-protein snack for carnivores alike. I always suggest looking at the ingredient list and picking ones with the shortest, simplest list and least amount of preservatives. Chomp, Whole Foods, and Perky Jerky are my favorite brands right now.
3. Egg Muffins
Not just for breakfast, veggie egg bites are a perfect mid-morning snack. Make a big batch during your meal prep and store 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.
4. Turkey Roll-ups
For a low-carb snack, simple 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!
5. Greek Yogurt + Granola or Fruit
Greek yogurt is especially high in protein. Whether you prefer the low-fat or full-fat variety, they’re equally delicious in my opinion. Top with a sprinkle of homemade granola for crunch and fresh berries – super easy and so good.
6. Peanut Butter Packets
These are ideal for on the go – especially air travel! We always have a few packets of Justin’s almond or peanut butter in our packs. I also like that the Rx brand includes egg whites for extra protein. Pair with an apple or banana, or eat straight from the packet. Easy as it gets!
7. Chia Pudding
Did you know that chia seeds are packed with not only healthy fats and fiber, but they’re a decent source of protein, too! Get the recipe for this (beautiful) 3-Ingredient Chia Pudding here. I’ll usually pair it with a couple of scrambled 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 edamame packs 17 grams of plant protein!
9. Tofu Nuggets
Crispy on the outside, 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!
10. Trail Mix
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 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?
What’s your favorite protein-packed snack? Any favorite recipes that don’t use protein powder?