By now you probably know that protein = energy, and you probably also know that most days you could do with a little (read: a LOT) more energy. But you’re also busy (hence the need for energy) so you don’t have time to spend cooking every time you need a protein hit. No worries! Protein is easily found in a bunch of foods (a lot that are 100% gluten-free!) that make quick, easy and portable snacks for you to munch on throughout the day. Just check out these 10 no-hassle high protein snacks, you might be surprised!
1. Peanut Butter
Flickr user koocbor
We’ve already sung the praises of peanut butter, but there’s much more than a delicious taste. Any nut butter packs a ton of protein – just whip up some of this Bell Plantation peanut butter and see for yourself.
Flickr user DeSegura89
This doesn’t always have to be breakfast – one of these oatmeal cups by Bob’s Red Mill can go with you for anytime!
Flickr user whitneyinchicago
Chickpeas by nature are high in protein, so whether you scarf down some hummus or snack on the chickpeas themselves (like these Sweet Cinnamon Chickpeas), you’re covered.
Flickr user viviandnguyen_
Easy to bring to work or school and even easier to munch on. Fiber and energy packed in one super snack.
Flickr user mynameisharsha
As we’ve said before, nuts are the ultimate energy snack. Order some Organic Tamari Almonds and get all the protein with a side of spice.
Flikcr user HOLLEROTRON
Everyone knows meat is a great protein source, but it’s not exactly an easy food to just snack on. That’s where jerky comes in. And trust us, this Buffalo Style Chicken Jerky will get you hooked right away.
Flickr user ljguitar
Superfood could not be more accurate for chia, especially when it comes to packing in the protein. Try this Carrot and Chia Fruit Leather to get all the energy of chia with a hit of sweet.
Flickr user Stacy Spensley
Another protein-packed snack that works as well at breakfast as it does mid-afternoon. Try this Cranberry Almond Granola – and then try not to get addicted.
Flickr user Veganbaking.net
Sure, it might not be easy to bring a yogurt cup with you every day – but who says you have to limit yourself to that? Check out our recipe for gluten-free Yogurt Peppermint Bark, it might just change your life.
Flickr user quinn.anya
I do NOT mean mac and cheese, sadly. But a small portion of cheese like strong cheese is a perfect little package of protein. So go ahead, let everyone judge. They don’t know what they’re missing.
What’s your favorite high protein snack? Tell us in the comments below!