My Favorite High-Protein Snacks
So, I eat a lot of protein. And to be honest, I’m not really much of a meat eater. In fact, I spent almost 10 years of my life not eating meat at all. So, I get tired of grilled chicken really fast and I’m one of the few people in the world who doesn’t get that excited by bacon. I don’t love the idea of living off of protein shakes, so sometimes I need to get a little creative about ways to get more protein into my diet. Below are five of my favorite protein-packed snacks:
Okay, I know what you’re thinking, “Wow! A protein bar as a source of protein! MY MIND IS BLOWN.” Yes, I’m not thinking outside of the box with this one… but hear me out. I’m pretty picky about protein bars, because most of them are either loaded with artificial sweeteners or loaded with regular sugar. The few that have a great nutritional profile and clean ingredient list usually taste… gross. However, Oatmega Bar is the one protein bar I’ve come across that has a great ingredient list AND tastes good. Oatmega Bar has 5 grams of sugar, which is pretty amazing compared to other natural bars like Larabar (23 grams of sugar) and Cliff Bars (24 grams of sugar). Plus, you get 300mg of fish oil in each bar too – don’t worry though, it does not taste like fish!
Everyone knows that eggs are a great source of protein, but people don’t usually think of an egg as a good snack. However, hardboiled eggs are a great on-the-go protein source… especially if you’re looking for something unprocessed! They can be a little messy and a pain to peel if you don’t cook them correctly though. So, I recommend this method from Pinoneer Woman – it works like a charm for me!
While almonds aren’t as high in protein as yogurt or eggs, they do provide about 6 grams of protein per ounce. Plus, you’ll be getting a good amount of monounsaturated fat, which is great for your heart and cholesterol levels. Other nuts are good sources of protein as well, but almonds, peanuts, and pistachios are going to have the highest amounts of protein per ounce.
What’s even better than Greek Yogurt? Icelandic Skyr. Siggi’s yogurt is so thick and creamy, it puts Greek yogurts to shame. If you’re worried about fat, they have a bunch of great fat-free flavors. Plus, Siggi’s doesn’t have a lot of added sugars or weird ingredients (ahem, corn starch). My favorite flavor, Strawberrry, has 16 grams of protein with just 11 grams of sugar. Oikos Strawberry Fat-Free Yogurt has 12 grams of protein with 14 grams of sugar, and Yoplait Strawberry Greek Yogurt has 11 grams of protein and 18 grams of sugar. Plus, honestly, Siggi’s just tastes way better.
When you only focus on eating animal products, you miss out on all the fiber and micronutrients found in vegetables. When I was a vegan, black beans were one of my favorite protein sources. Even though I am no longer vegan, I still incorporate black beans into a lot of my meals. I love making black bean side salads to have as snacks. One of my favorite recipes is SkinnyTaste’s Southwestern Black Bean, Quinoa, & Mango Medley.