Go-to protein snack recipes out the door are all about easily-prepared or make-ahead healthy snacks you can take with you quickly. The goal is to keep you in great-tasting recipes to stay healthy and active to achieve your hobbies, goals, and daily life better and to love your life. These chosen recipes are some of the tastiest and most-packed with the vitamin-rich and mineral-rich foods you’ll keep coming back for!
Nutty Peanut Butter Trail Mix Bars
Yield: 12 bars
This superfood-packed trail mix bar is the whole package of delicious and healthy you can make ahead and take quickly.
- 1 ½ cups rolled oats
- ⅔ cup whole almonds
- ⅔ cup dried fruit, (any desired combo of raisins, blueberries, cherries, cranberries, etc.)
- ¾ cup whole cashews
- ½ cup pepitas
- ⅓ cup ground flax
- ¼ cup sunflower seeds
- 1 cup high-protein peanut butter
- ⅓ cup honey or sweetener of choice
- 1 pinch sea salt
Line a 9×9” pan with parchment paper. Leave some paper hanging over the edges. Place almonds and cashews in a food processor and pulse until roughly chopped. Combine chopped nuts, oats, dried fruit, seeds, flax, and sea salt in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the honey and peanut butter and microwave liquid ingredients in 20-second increments until runny. Add honey/peanut butter mix to the nuts/seeds/oats bowl and mix well. Press the mix into your lined pan and chill in the fridge for 1-2 hrs. Slice into bars of desired size and store in a sealed container in the fridge 10-14 days. Recipe courtesy of mealpreponfleek.com.
Cottage Cheese with Guava and Honey
Yield: 1 serving
A quick and easy snack, this recipe combines high-protein cottage cheese and one of the highest protein fruits, guava.
- 2 guavas
- 130 g cottage cheese
- 30 g raisins
- 1 tbsp slivered almonds
- 3 tbsp whole almonds
- 2 tbsp honey
Rinse and halve guavas. Scrape out seeds with a spoon. Cut one half into wedges and dice the remaining fruit. Mix cottage cheese with raisins and diced guava. Divide cottage cheese among desired containers, sprinkle with sliced and whole almonds, and drizzle with honey. Garnish with guava wedges. Recipe courtesy of eatsmarter.com.
Chicken, Apple, and Pecan Salad in a Jar
Yield: 4 servings
Healthy, filling, and totally portable, this is a high protein snack recipe that can easily turn into a light meal!
- 2 cups chopped kale leaves
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- 2 Granny Smith apples, chopped
- ½ cup pecans, chopped
- 1 cup grapes
- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- ⅓ cup plain Greek yogurt
- ¼ cup diced red onion
- 2 stalks celery, diced
- 2 tbsp mayonnaise, optional
- 2 tbsp sliced almonds
- 1 tbsp lemon juice, optional to taste
Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Add to skillet and cook through, about 3-4 min per side. Let cool then dice to bite-size. In a bowl, combine chicken, yogurt, onion, celery, mayonnaise, almonds, and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Divide chicken mix, kale, cranberries, apples, pecans, and grapes into 4 wide-mouth canning jars with tight-fit lids. Recipe courtesy of damndelicious.net.
Avocado Dip Spread
Yield: 1 cup
This avocado spread is a tasty and easily spreadable protein snack recipe you can grab and spread later on any toast, crackers, or bagels you take!
- 2 medium ripe avocados
- Salt, to taste
- Black pepper, to taste
- Juice of ½ lemon
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tbsp chia seeds or other small seeds of choice
- Chili peppers, optional to taste
Cut avocados in half and remove pits. Take out the flesh and transfer to a bowl. Mash it until smooth, add salt, pepper, lemon juice, olive oil, chia seeds, and stir well. Taste and season as desired. Finely chop chili and stir in or sprinkle over. Enjoy! Recipe courtesy of happyfoodstube.com.
Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas
Yield: 8 servings
High-fiber chickpeas are the star of this protein snack recipe that helps lower blood sugar, cholesterol, and aid digestion, leaving you energized and satisfied.
- One 15 oz can chickpeas
- ½ tsp ground cumin
- ½ tsp smoked paprika
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ¼ tsp onion powder
- ¼ tsp ground coriander
- ½ tsp sea salt
- ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
- ½ to 1 tbsp olive oil
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray and set aside. Rinse and dry chickpeas. In a small bowl, mix cumin, paprika, garlic powder, sea salt, onion powder, and pepper. Set aside. Bake dried chickpeas for 15 min. Remove from oven and drizzle ½ tbsp olive oil over chickpeas, stirring until evenly coated. Add spices to chickpeas and stir until evenly coated. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 more min, then stir. Return chickpeas to the oven and bake 5-10 min, until of desired crispiness. Let chickpeas cool in the oven for maximum crispiness. Recipe courtesy of joyfoodsunshine.com.
Fruit Bottom Yogurt
Yield: 7 servings
Make-ahead yogurt with a fresh fruit base is a great go-to protein snack recipe to always have that lacks added preservatives and sugars.
- ½ lb fruit, peeled and chopped as desired, unpeeled can be a healthier option
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- 1 tbsp cold water
- 1 ¾ cups plain yogurt, sweetened with 1 tbsp honey, or to taste
Place fruit, honey, and salt in a medium-sized saucepan. Bring to a simmer, stirring frequently. Stir together the cornstarch and water until the cornstarch is dissolved. Pour this into the fruit mixture. Simmer for 5 min, stirring often, until thickened and no longer cloudy. Allow this to cool before layering with yogurt. Add 2 tbsp fruit compote to a sealable jar or plastic container. Top with ¼ cup yogurt and refrigerate covered for up to 1 week. Recipe courtesy of simplebites.net.