31 Unusual (but healthy) High-Protein Snacks You can Cary EVERYWHERE! (and you should)

1. Cottage-Style Fruit:

cottage cheese

½ cup cottage cheese with ½ cup of your favorite fruit. You can try some Bananas, mixed berries

Buy the ingredients here for cottage cheese 

2. Beef or Turkey Jerky:

beef jerky

Buy low-sodium, natural, or lightly-flavored options not the sugar-filled brands. Can last several weeks when properly packed.A one-ounce serving (the size of most single-serve packs) contains about 9 grams of protein!

Buy Golden Valley Natural Organic Beef Jerky, Black Pepper, 3-Ounce Pouches (Pack of 8) (huge discount these days!) 

3. Mixed Nuts or Trail Mix:

mixed trail nuts

Mixed nuts are a greaty way to get a delicious dose of protein in a convenient, shelf-stable package. Almonds and Pistachios are high up there in protein while comparably lower in saturated fat than their nutty peers.

Buy Blue Diamond Almonds 100 Calories Per Bag – 32 Grab and Go Bags

Buy 3lb Unsalted In-shell Pistachios Another great optionArcher Farms Raw Mixed Nuts Unsalted 30oz

4. Pumpkin Seeds:

pumpkin seeds

Their seeds contain 14 grams of protein for ½ cup of pumpkin seed. Perfect for pre work-out

Buy Braga Organic Farms Pumpkin Seeds, Raw, 2 Pound


5. Hard-Boiled Egg:

hard boiled eggs

What can I say more? 

6. Deli Rollup:

deli rollup

Again take low-sodium deli meat (turkey, chicken, or roast beef!) with 1 slice of low fat cheese and a shake of pepper. 

Buy Farmer John Lower Sodium Premium Sliced Cooked Ham 16 Oz. Package (Pack of 4)

Buy Ostrim Applewood Turkey Sticks, 10 – 1.5-Ounce Packages

7. Nut Butter Boat:

nut butter boat

 Celery sticks with 1 tablespoon of any nut butter topped with a few whole almonds or raisins and you will enjoy it. If celeri is not your cup of tea then try with some apples

Buy Justin’s Nut Butter Almond Butter, Classic, 16 Ounce

8. Mini Bean-and-Cheese Quesadilla:

Mini Bean-and-Cheese Quesadilla

 Fold ½ cup black beans, 1 tablespoon salsa, and 1 slice cheddar cheese in a small soft tortilla. Cook in a dry nonstick pan until cheese is melted and tortilla is lightly browned. Wrap in foil and stick in a plastic baggie for easy transport.

Buy Bob’s Red Mill Beans Black Turtle, 26-Ounce (Pack of 4)

Buy Quesadillas

9. Shake It Up:

protein shake

Endless combinations with protein shakes no?

Buy Body Fortress Shaker, 25 Ounce

10. KIND Bar:

kind bar

Avoid prepackaged bars,  except for KIND bars. Their classic varieties are a great source of protein from the all-nut base (coming in at around 5 grams per bar).

Below some of our favorites. 

Buy KIND Nuts & Spices, Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt, 12-Count Bars

Buy KIND PLUS, Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate + Protein, Gluten Free Bars (Pack of 12)

Buy KIND Fruit & Nut, Almond & Coconut, All Natural, 1.4-Ounce Gluten Free Bars (Pack of 12)

Buy KIND PLUS, Cranberry Almond + Antioxidants, Gluten Free Bars 1.4 OZ (Pack of 12)

11. Easy Oatmeal Raisin Cookie:

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie

In a microwave-safe bowl (or mug), mix ¼ cup oats, 1 teaspoon brown sugar, 1 tablespoon flour (of your choice), 1 egg white, ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/4 teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1 tablespoon raisins. Flatten mixture into bottom of bowl and microwave on high for 45 seconds. Cool, pop it out of the bowl, and enjoy!


12. Tofu Sticks:

tofu sticks

Tofu can make a great snack food, especially if it’s served with a side of homemade tomato or teriyaki dipping sauce.

Buy Dried Beancurd Stick (Tofu Skin / Fu Zhu) – 6oz (Pack of 6)

13. Chunky Monkey Shake:

chunky monkey shake

Blend 1 medium banana, 1 tablespoon of peanut butter, and 1 cup of low-fat chocolate milk with 1 cup of ice for a protein-packed pick-me-up.

Buy 28 Oz. Blender Bottle W/wire Shaker Ball- Pack of 2, Colors may vary

14. Edamame Poppers:

Edamame Poppers

One cup of the pods offers about 17 grams of protein. Buy them fresh and steam for about 6 minutes, or use the pre-cooked frozen variety and briefly microwave to defrost (about 2 minutes) before chowing down.

Buy Sensible Foods Roasted Edamame Crunch Dried Snack, Lunch box size, 0.75-Ounce (Pack of 24)

15. Hummus Dippers:

Hummus Dippers

Put 2 tablespoons of a favorite hummus in the bottom of the container. Stick a handful of vegetable sticks (carrots, celery, and snow peas are a great mix!) vertically in the hummus, screw on the top, and throw in a purse or gym bag for an easy, on-the-go, super-healthy snack.

Buy Wild Garden Hummus Dip Traditional — 13.4 oz

16. Soy Milk Smoothie:

Soy Milk Smoothie

Compare with Cow Milk, Soy milk wins in a few categories (vitamin D and iron), and they’re nearly comparable in terms of protein. Try blending 1 cup of your favorite flavor of soy milk (vanilla and chocolate are Greatist favorites) with 1 cup of frozen blueberries or raspberries (for added fiber and antioxidants).

Buy Silk Very Vanilla Soymilk Natural, 8-Ounce Containers (Pack of 18)

17. Portable Cheese Platter:


Make yourself a mini cheese plate with a reduced-fat cheese stick (or 2 slices of cheese), two whole-grain crackers, and a few roasted almonds.

Buy Brie Cheese – Soft Ripened Cheese – 2.2 Lb Wheel

18. Banana Nutter:


 Top a rice cake (brown rice for extra fiber!) with 2 tablespoons of your favorite nut butter and half a banana, sliced. Sprinkle with cinnamon for some extra healthy benefits!

Buy Barney Butter Smooth Almond Butter, 10-Ounce Jars (Pack of 3)

Buy Simply Organic Cinnamon Ground Certified Organic, 2.45-Ounce Container

19. Silver Dollar Protein Pancakes:

silver dollar protein pancakes

Mix 4 egg whites, ½ cup of rolled oats, ½ cup of low-fat cottage cheese, ⅛ teaspoon of baking powder, and ½ teaspoon of pure vanilla extract. Cook on a preheated griddle (medium low heat) until mixtures bubbles, flip and cook for another 60 seconds. Top with fresh berries or sliced banana.

Buy Nancys Low Fat Cottage Cheese, 16 Ounce — 6 per case.Buy Bob’s Red Mill Organic Oats Rolled Regular, 32-Ounce (Pack of 4)

20. Chocolate Milk:

chocolate mil

Low-fat chocolate milk is actually a great source of high-quality protein (especially post-workout)!t Try to find one that’s also low in sugar! 

Our recommendation.

Buy Horizon Organic Low Fat Milk, Chocolate, 8-Ounce Aseptic Cartons (Pack of 18)

21. “Get Greek” Berry Parfait:

Greek” Berry Parfait

 Top ½ cup plain Greek yogurt with ½ cup fresh berries and 1 tablespoon sliced roasted almonds.

Buy Euro Cuisine GY50 Greek Yogurt Maker BuyFage Total Greek Yogurt, (500g) 17.6oz

22. Grape-and-Cheese Sticks:

Grape-and-Cheese Sticks

Dice a half-inch thick slice of cheddar cheese into squares (you should end up with about 6 small pieces, equaling about 1 ounce) and rinse 6 grapes. On 6 toothpicks, stack the grape and cheese, and enjoy! Just 1 ounce of cheddar offers 8 grams of protein, and the contrast with sweet grapes is super sophisticated (and delicious).

Buy gourmet Cheddars of the World Assortment, 2-Pound

23. Almond Butter Toast Sticks:

Almond Butter Toast Sticks

Toast (or bake) 2 slices of whole-grain bread, and cut into ½-inch strips. Place 2 tablespoons of almond butter (or another nut butter) in the bottom of a container with a top, stick the toast sticks in vertically, and sprinkle with cinnamon. 

Buy Barney Butter Smooth Almond Butter, 16-Ounce Jars (Pack of 3)

24. A Little Lentil:

lentil salad

Lentils are great protein-packed legumes that are easy to turn into super, shelf-stable salads. One cup has a whopping 22 grams of protein in just 300 calories! Not sure where to start? Try this lentil tabbouleh or this simple veggie and lentil mix.

25. Perfect Little Parfait:

Perfect Little Parfait

Top ½ cup nonfat Greek yogurt with a handful of fruit (fresh or frozen) and a drizzle of honey. Add 2 tablespoons of toasted oats for a protein-packed crunch!

Buy Euro-Cuisine YM100 Automatic Yogurt Maker

26. Mini Black-Bean Mash Taco

Mini Black-Bean Mash Taco

Heat ½ cup of black beans in the microwave with 1 tablespoon of salsa. Mash with a fork and fold it inside a small (4 to 6-inch) soft tortilla. Store in a small Tupperware container for easy transport.

Buy Old El Paso Stand ‘N Stuff Taco Dinner Kit, 8.8-Ounce (Pack of 6 )

27. Gobble, Gobble

gobble gobble

 Slice one piece of in half, lengthwise, and top with 2 slices of roasted turkey, 1 slice of Swiss cheese, 1 lettuce leaf, 1 slice of tomato, 1 teaspoon of mustard, and 1 teaspoon of dried cranberries. About 14 grams of protein!

Hodgson Mill 9 Grain Bread Mix, 16-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 6)


28. Protein Bar

protein bar

Avoid sugar, fat, and calories (some options can even be as bad as candy bars!). Do some research to figure which type is right for you: There are high-protein andlow-carb bars; meal replacement and energy bars; or female-friendly options!

Buy PowerBar Protein Plus 20g, Chocolate Peanut Butter, 2.12-Ounce Bars (Pack of 15)

29. Overnight Choco-Oats

Overnight Choco-Oats

In a container with a secure lid, mix ½ cup oats, 1 cup non-dairy milk, 3 tablespoons chocolate protein powder, and a handful of walnuts until well combined. Let sit in fridge overnight (or up to a few days).  Add ½ a banana, mashed for sweetness!

Buy Garden of Life Raw Organic Protein Chocolate, 650 Gram

30. Recovery Rice Crispies:

Recovery Rice Crispies

Protein powder ain’t just for shakes! Try these some-sweet protein-packed treats 

Buy Erewhon Organic Crispy Brown Rice Cereal No Salt Added — 10 oz

31. Blueberry Flax Microwave Muffins:

Blueberry Flax Microwave Muffins

Easier than you might think.



  • ¼ cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of olive oil
  • 2 egg whites, and a sprinkle of sugar (or other natural sweetener) in a microwave-safe Tupperware container (you can buy here.

Cook on high for 50 to 60 seconds. Let it cool, throw a top on it, and enjoy whenever the hunger pangs hit.

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Source: The greatist 

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