If you want to increase your protein intake, here are 35 high-protein snacks to save the day!
With more protein in your snacks, you can feel fuller for longer, which means you will feel satisfied until your next meal.
If you are busy at work or even hosting some friends in your home, you want a good collection of snacks to keep everyone happy, and fortunately, you can get just that from homemade snacks that are packed full of protein!
Sometimes, having a good protein powder on hand helps boost something that might not usually be high in protein.
Other times, you can use naturally high protein foods to pull together a snack that will taste great and keep you full.
You can go for Chocolate Pudding, Cinnamon Roll Popcorn, or Almond Butter Protein Bars for sweet cravings.
If you are in the mood for something a little more savory, try Chicken Salad Bites, Turkey Roll-Ups, or even Tofu Chips to satisfy the potato chip cravings that may hit.
Some of these make great snacks for when you are on the go and are having trouble finding time to sit down and have a meal, others are great for hosting friends for a party, but they are all delicious ways to get more protein into your diet!
1. Nut Mix
Is there anything better than a collection of your favorite nuts altogether?
Making your nut mix is perfect for movie nights, a snack in your lunch, or a portable snack for a road trip.
You can even add your favorite seasonings to add a little sweetness, spice, or salt to the mixture.
Peanut butter and chocolate chips combined make such a sweet, indulgent treat, but adding in some protein powder, honey, and other goodies becomes a snack you can feel good about.
Keeping some of these protein balls nearby will help you feel better about your snacking.
The good news is there is no baking involved in making these protein balls!
For some of us, cheese is the only way to eat our broccoli.
But if you mix it with some quinoa and chickpeas, you can make yourself a handy bite-sized snack that is sure to satisfy.
This is great for vegetarians who may need to find alternative fuel sources from not eating meat.
Rather than reaching for a bag of chips for a crispy and salty snack, prepare these Roasted Edamame.
You get tons more protein while satisfying that craving for salt.
The spices used for roasted edamame are widespread, so you can likely save an extra trip to the store!
Pairing smooth honey flavor with smoky paprika for your peanuts will bring together a new snack you will love and find yourself thinking about for days!
You can switch up the spices you use for this by substituting chili powder, cinnamon, or even tabasco.
This is a simple snack to prepare, but you will love the taste and how it keeps you feeling full!
Tuna is an excellent ingredient for making a high-protein snack, but when you make these little Cucumber Bites, you get something that feels more like a treat!
Cherry tomatoes, basil leaves, and mozzarella give it a Caprese salad feel, while the pesto adds tons of flavor to your tuna.
These tasty ingredients sit atop a cucumber slice, making it an appetizer or snack that will be gone quickly!
Making this sweet snack takes no time at all.
It doubles as a delicious dessert, too, but if you desire something sweet, you can enjoy this no matter the time of day.
Blending your ingredients is a fluffy, marshmallow-like treat with interesting fruity flavor!
If you want to transition to a plant-based diet but are worried about being limited by your food choices and how much protein you can get, the good news is that this dip is not only delicious and vegan, but it is also high in protein!
Black beans are a great source of protein, and with some lime juice, garlic, and ginger, you can get a dip or spread that has a little kick to it.
This snack tastes like a dessert, but it is full of great protein and fiber, unlike lots of ice cream or sweet bark you may try.
If you use unsweetened whole Greek yogurt, maple syrup, and raspberry-chia jam, you have a sweet treat for yourself that is clean and protein-filled and tastes terrific!
Even though these are typically enjoyed as breakfast foods, no one will stop you from serving these as a party appetizer or from grabbing a couple in the middle of a long day.
Sausage and eggs will fill you up while encased in crescent dough and cheddar cheese, making them a delicious way to hold yourself over until your next meal.
When the fall season comes around, and you are looking for any and every way to use pumpkin flavors, this high-protein snack is perfect.
It is not only delicious and with both pumpkin puree and chocolate chips, but it also has a good amount of protein-packed in each muffin.
These are great when made ahead or enjoyed fresh, so pop a few in your mouth when they are out of the oven or save them for a quick and easy protein-filled snack during the week.
Making these chips from scratch is easy and tastes great with so many dips and spreads.
They are high in protein compared to other tortilla chips, plus they leave out grains.
Moreover, they’re vegan and high in fiber, meaning the recipe fits into so many diets for whoever you are sharing them with.
Salmon and eggs are a great way to get more protein in your meals, but eating them by themselves can get old fast.
Making these bite-sized snacks can help make your snacks more fun.
If you want something more substantial, you can make it into one big quiche instead of plenty of small ones!
This creamy drink is so delicious and just like your childhood favorite drink.
You can enjoy it even more when you learn that this smoothie recipe has 29 grams of protein!
This is also dairy-free and features all kinds of yumminess, including cinnamon, vanilla extract, flaxseed, and chia seeds!
Rather than your traditional hummus, you can make this particular high-protein version that will turn out way better than anything you have tried before.
Greek yogurt makes your hummus nice and creamy, and with an unflavored protein powder added in, the whole recipe comes out to have almost 90 grams of protein!
You can add this hummus to so many great things or use it to dip into this!
These mason jars are grab-and-go, so you can have a perfectly portioned snack full of delicious layers to dip into.
Buffalo chicken, spiced black beans, guacamole, salsa, and sour cream sit atop one another in a fridge safe and travel-friendly snack.
With 20 grams of protein, you can feel good about whatever you use to dip into this!
Cravings and hunger can hit out of nowhere, so you should have your high-protein snacks handy when it does.
In about two minutes and with four ingredients, you get a creamy and decadent dessert-tasting snack with tons of protein.
If you don’t have any protein powder, you can also use Greek yogurt with cacao powder and sweetener.
You might not like cottage cheese, but trust me, you get a great tasting result if you mix it into some egg salad.
A little bit of dill and mustard can completely transform how your snack turns out.
Put this new twist on egg salad between slices of bread for a quick sandwich, or eat it straight for a fast and easy snack!
When the weather starts heating up, few snacks can make us feel as good as a refreshing popsicle, but most are full of water and artificial flavoring, meaning they might quench your thirst but won’t do much to keep you satisfied.
The Greek yogurt in these popsicles helps give the creamy texture allowing them to appeal to both kids and adults.
If you have other fruits you like better than blackberries, you can definitely use those in these popsicles.
Strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, and peach are some excellent choices!
Hearing “salad” may make you think of leafy greens tossed into a bowl, but chicken salad is far more substantial!
Between shredded chicken, celery, cream cheese, sour cream, green onions, blue cheese, and some hot sauce, you get tons of flavorful and filling ingredients that go great on a slice of cucumber for a handy grab and go snack!
There are a few situations where beef jerky isn’t an appropriate snack for filling yourself up.
It lasts forever, and with the right mixture of spices, you get dehydrated meat with tons of flavor.
It takes a few hours for the jerky strips to fully dehydrate and be ready to enjoy, but since they last for so long, you can make an ample supply and keep it sealed tightly or frozen until needed.
Ham and eggs are usually breakfast foods, but these handy dandy cups make them perfect for enjoying any time of day.
Sliced ham is baked in a muffin tin, making a crispy cup for your cheesy egg mixture to sit in.
These are very portable and can be rewarmed throughout the day when you need a little extra protein boost in between meals.
Having some homemade pimento cheese handy in the fridge is a great way to get a fueling snack or appetizer in your belly on short notice.
You can feel good about your snack choice with celery sticks acting as boats for your cheese since you can count this as part of your veggies for the day.
Cheese makes everything tastier, especially greens like celery!
25. Banana Bread
There are so many wins when it comes to this Banana Bread.
It is delicious with a great texture, but it is also sugar-free.
Full of protein thanks to the whey protein powder added in, a great addition to your on-the-go lunches, and lets you use up bananas that are starting to brown!
Even without any sugar, this is great for taking care of your sweet tooth after a workout.
26. Turkey Roll-Ups
If you end up eating these roll-ups as your entire meal, we can’t blame you.
They taste amazing and will fill you up!
Avocado, spinach, turkey, cheese, and bacon are all wrapped in a tortilla or wrap and cut into small bite-sized pieces, so it is easy to eat four or five before you realize it!
These Almond Butter Bars are vegan and a high-protein snack that is great for satisfying your hunger any time of day.
This is also a no-bake recipe, so you can enjoy it after letting it freeze for about half an hour!
If you are hosting friends for a game day party, you will want to make these appetizers and lots of them!
Imagine a bite-sized Big Mac sitting on top of a tater tot cup.
It’s like you are getting your burger and fries all in one!
The ground beef and cheese will add a reasonable amount of protein, even for small bites.
Eating eggs daily for extra protein can get old fast, but topping them off with some sliced prosciutto will make them feel like something brand new.
You get the traditional toppings for deviled eggs that you love including mayonnaise and mustard, but with prosciutto, you get an extra filling and tasty treat that is great for sharing with everyone!
Speaking of deviled eggs, why don’t you try our version of Avocado Deviled Eggs and Bacon Deviled Eggs?
Rather than using mayonnaise for your tuna salad, swap in some Greek yogurt and avocado.
This adds tons more protein, keeps the creaminess you love, and adds extra earthiness from the avocado.
With a good tuna salad recipe, there are so many things you can enjoy it with, including sandwiches, salads, toast, pita, and wraps.
No-mayo coleslaw, anyone?
Making your cheese chips is very easy and only requires three ingredients!
If you prefer one type of cheese over the other, you can use that for the entire recipe rather than mixing both.
A little bit of Italian seasoning adds so much to your chips, making this one of your new favorite high-protein snacks!
If you are having an at-home movie night or just want to snack on something light and sweet, protein popcorn will not disappoint!
Who knew that a little bit of cinnamon and some vanilla protein powder could transform your popcorn into a new delectable treat for yourself!
Popcorn, popcorn, popcorn, can we really live without popcorn?
34. Scotch Eggs
No matter what occasion you need a high-protein snack for, these will fit the day!
Kids and adults will love these with the deep-fried sausage surrounding your eggs.
There is even a little bit of spice from some crushed red pepper flakes, but this can be changed to turn the heat up a lot more or left out for a more mild taste.
If you make these mouthwatering meatballs and have some leftovers for some unusual reason, they are great served the next day with your dinner or as a snack.
Your slow cooker does all of the hard work in preparing your protein-packed appetizer or snack, so after prepping your meatballs and letting them bake for a little bit, you can let them cook slowly for a few hours.
The bottom line
Having some high-protein snacks handy is great for busy days or hosting friends.
These also double as tasty treats you will enjoy eating!
Looking for more high protein food options, we’ve compiled lists of 30 BEST High Protein Soups, and 27 BEST Ideas For High Protein Breakfasts that you should definitely check out.
- Nut Mix
- Peanut Butter Protein Balls
- Broccoli Cheese Bites
- Roasted Edamame
- Honey Roasted Peanuts
- Pesto Tuna Caprese Cucumber Bites
- Strawberry Protein Fluff
- Black Bean Lime Dip
- Frozen Yogurt Bark
- Sausage Crescent Rolls
- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins
- Fruit Dip
- Red Lentil Tortilla Chips
- Salmon & Cream Cheese Bites
- Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
- Buffalo Chicken Salsa Dip Jars
- Chocolate Protein Pudding
- Cottage Cheese Egg Salad
- Greek Yogurt Blackberry Popsicles
- Chicken Salad Bites
- Ground Beef Jerky
- Baked Ham & Egg Cups
- Pimento Cheese Boats
- Banana Bread
- Turkey Roll-Ups
- Almond Butter Bars
- Cheeseburger Tots
- Tofu Crunching
- Prosciutto Topped Deviled Eggs
- No-Mayo Tuna Salad
- Baked Cheddar Parmesan Crisps
- Cinnamon Roll Popcorn
- Scotch Eggs
- Swedish Cocktail Meatballs
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