17 Portable high-protein snacks
Whether it's fuel for your gym workout you're after, or maybe a quick snack to prevent that 3pm slump at the office, a high-protein snack fills you up and provides you with a boost of long-lasting energy compared to carb-heavy snacks. Here at Expertrain HQ, the team all have their own favourite snacks, so we thought we'd gather our ideas together and present you with 17 of the best portable high-protein snacks to enjoy!
#1. Mixed nuts/trail mix
Nuts are loaded with protein and they come conveniently packaged for on-the-go snacking. Measure out your portion sizes so you're not consuming too many! Why not try a bag of trail mix with dried fruit for some sweetness? Almonds and pistachios contain the most protein - opt for unsalted nuts if you can, to keep your sodium levels down.
#2. Hard-boiled eggs
Packed with protein and nutrients (and affordable too), pick up some eggs on your weekly shop, hard boil and peel a few at the start of the week then pack one in tupperware each day for a portable, healthy high-protein snack!
#3. NAKD bars
Some cereal bars are packed with sugar and added nasties, but we love NAKD bars as a substitute for chocolate or just if you're craving something sweet. Made with just nuts and dried fruit - the dates add a delicious, sticky texture - they're one of your five a day, low in calories and high in protein thanks to the nuts. We love the chocolate orange and cashew cookie varieties!
Did you know that 1 cup of edamame has around 17g protein? Cooking edamame (we recommend steaming for about 6 minutes, or defrosting frozen beans in the microwave for a couple of minutes) and taking them to work or the gym is a great snack idea.
#5. Hummus and dippers
If you have a travel coffee mug or mason jar lying around, then dollop a couple of tablespoons of home-made hummus in the base and stack some veggie sticks vertically into the hummus. We love red peppers, mangetout, celery and carrots but you can use whatever veg you have handy. Portable, and a great way to get your five a day!
#6. Chocolate milk
#7. Almond butter toast
Get out your mason jar or travel mug and toast a couple of slices of nutty, wholegrain bread. Then cut it into soliders and dollop a couple of tablespoons of almond butter in the base, sticking the toast soldiers in vertically - yum!
#8. Cottage cheese
A 5oz serving of cottage cheese contains around 20g of protein - that's more than Greek yoghurt! Low in calories and high in calcium for strong bones, we love to top ours with some sliced bananas or berries.
#9. Pumpkin seeds
Half a cup of pumpkin seeds has about 14g of protein, making these little seeds a great snack pre or post-workout! Buy them prepackaged or wash, dry and roast your own seeds after cooking with the rest of the pumpkin.
Single-serve porridge pots are a great way to warm up after a run and are loaded with protein and fibre. Most contain between 150 to 200 calories - try topping with some almonds or a sliced banana.
#11. Beef jerky
Try beef or turkey jerky next time you need a hit of protein on-the-go! Most 1oz single-serve packs contain around 9g of protein, but look for natural or low-sodium varieties wherever possible.
#12. Veggie rollup
Grab yourself 2 slices of your favourite meat such as roast beef, chicken or turkey, top with a slice of cheese or a little cream cheese, a shake of pepper and some sliced red pepper, tomato or lettuce then rollup - this contains around 18g protein per serving and is ideal for munching after your workout at the gym!
#13. Roasted chickpeas
A serving (1/4 cup) of roasted chickpeas contains 7g protein and 120 calories and chickpeas can even help to lower LDL cholesterol. Just mix your chickpeas (use tinned for an easy option) with some heart-healthy olive oil and spices - try chilli powder, salt, pepper and cumin - then roast at 425 degrees fahrenheit for around 45 minutes for a crunchy, spicy snack that you can take to work with you.
#14. Tofu sticks
Tofu is so versatile that it doesn't need to be relegated to stir-fry status. Why not try slicing natural or smoked tofu into sticks and baking it in the oven? Package in tupperware with some home-made dip to enjoy after your yoga class.
#15. Banana nut butter rice cake
We love rice cakes! They can be topped with almost anything, and this makes the perfect post-workout snack that's packed with protein. Top a rice cake with 2 tbsp of your favourite nut butter and half a sliced banana. Try cashew butter for an alternative to almond.
#16. Take-away tuna
You know those ready-prepared pouches of tuna, the kind that don't need draining? Pack a fork and you have yourself the perfect on-the-go high-protein snack that contains around 16 of protein! Plus, they come in a variety of great marinades to try.
#17. Cheese and grape sticks
Grab yourself 6 grapes, cube some cheddar cheese into six pieces, get yourself some toothpicks and stack up your grapes and cheese! The cheddar (1oz) contains around 8g protein and contrasts with the sweet, juicy grapes!