20 Protein-Packed Snack Recipes

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The afternoon slump is a real-life problem we all face — lunch feels like forever ago, your stomach is begging for something, and dinner is hours away. Once you’ve had a quick snack, all that fatigue fades away. Make that a snack rich in protein and you’re in even better shape. Eating protein not only gives you a boost of energy, but it also takes a good amount of time to digest, which means you won’t feel peckish again in an hour. Here are 20 great picks.

Homemade Protein Bars, Cookies, and Balls

Some store-bought protein bars, cookies, and balls are a good snack pick given their high-protein content, but they can also be loaded with sugar and processed ingredients. Go the homemade route and you can feel confident that you’re snacking on something as wholesome as it is tasty.

Yogurt Swirled with Peanut Butter(Image credit: Faith Durand)

Yogurt, Cheese, and Eggs

Dairy and eggs are both rich sources of protein, which means they are a great snack choice. Whip up just one deviled egg (with the help of a microwave) and you get six grams of protein, or 12 percent of your daily recommended intake (based on a 2,000 calorie diet). Swirl 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt, which already has 10 grams of protein in it, with two tablespoons of peanut butter, and it’s a snack with a whopping 18 grams of protein in it.

Maple-Tamari Roasted Almonds(Image credit: Andrea Bemis)

Protein by the Handful

For a snack that you can easily munch on at your desk while still typing emails, reach for roasted nuts and chickpeas, as well as savory granola. An ounce of nuts has between four to six grams of protein in it, while 1/2 cup of roasted chickpeas has about seven. And when granola is packed with three protein-rich ingredients — oats, pumpkin seeds, and bacon — it’s an equally good choice.

Vegan Cashew Cream Sauce(Image credit: Kimberley Hasselbrink)

Dips and a Toast

If you’re one who likes to dip and dunk your snack, use that high-protein Greek yogurt in the dip to make it extra satisfying. If you’d rather a vegan pick, cashews and nutritional yeast can be blended into a creamy, cheese-like dip. Or go for something a little different (although maybe not desk-side friendly if you have sensitive noses nearby) and embrace sardines on toast; you’ll get six grams of protein in a quarter of a can.