By now, you probably know that protein should be an essential part of your daily food intake. Not only does it make you feel full & satisfied, protein is what your body uses for energy and repairing tissues. When it comes to snacks, the vending machine might be tempting, but it's important to incorporate protein, as it's an major building block for your body, it's low in fat and it will keep you fueled between meals. Especially when it comes to snacks, protein is necessary for keeping your body fueled between meals. Most people think of meat when it comes to protein, but these 10 easily transportable snacks are healthy, high in protein and can be eaten anywhere.
1 ounce = 6g protein
Get your crunch on with almonds, which are packed not only with protein, but also omega-3 fatty acids and fiber. Our almonds coated in tamari soy sauce satisfy the umami-est of cravings and have of 6 grams of protein per serving.
2 tablespoons = 4.7g protein
These little guys may be miniscule in size, but 20% of their makeup is protein. Sourced from a flowering species of the mint plant, chia seeds are loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Add a scoop or two to everything from oatmeal to yogurt for a protein boost.
Vegan Protein Shake
1 bottle = 10 – 22g protein
Protein shakes are great when you need a filling healthy snack on-the-go. However, not all shakes are alike. Look for ones that are vegan and loaded with fibers and other superfoods so you're getting multiple benefits, plus vitamins and nutrients.
Hummus & Vegetables
¼ cup = 4g protein
Ah, hummus—our favorite dip. Throw a single serving container of hummus into your bag with some raw vegetables for a midday protein boost. Or, if you like to make your own, fill the bottom of a mason jar with it and top with veggie sticks for a super portable snack.
½ cup = 6g protein
Snacking on toasted pumpkin seeds is not only satisfying for the crunch factor, but it'll give you long-lasting energy as well as immune system benefits thanks to it's high zinc and magnesium levels.
Recipe: Curried Pumpkin Seed Trail Mix
½ cup = 7g protein
Roasted Chickpeas are our new favorite chip alternative. When toasted in the oven for about 30 minutes, they take on a light, super crispy texture. You can flavor them with everything from s&p to your favorite herbs or spices. Try them as a crouton substitute on your salad or just straight up nosh on them.
Recipe: How To Roast Chickpeas
½ cup = 8g protein
Edamame, which are half-formed soybeans in the pod, are an ideal snack. Vegetable AND protein in one? Winning!
1 single serving container = 12 - 20g protein
Greek yogurt, which is strained more times than regular yogurt, yields a richer texture and a more protein dense snack. Opt for single servings that are low in added sugar, like Siggi's.
½ cup = 6g protein
These tart little berries, also known as wolfberries, are usually eaten in dried form, like a raisin. They have been used in Asia to promote longevity for thousands of years.
Recipe: Goji Berry Granola Bars
1 large piece = 7g protein
Jerky has lost its unhealthy stigma thanks to brands like KRAVE, who have taken out the addivitves, preservatives and extra salt. Choose brands that are low in sodium & nitrates or make your own at home in the oven.
HEALTHY VEGAN PROTEIN SMOOTHIES: