Getting enough protein to hit your macronutrient goals each and every day is hard. Protein doesn’t just build muscle, but it also maintains the muscle mass you already have. As athletes, stock up on some go-to high protein snacks to eat between meals. It's a convenient way to ensure you hit your protein intake so you can reach your health and fitness goals.
There was a time when you were given an ultimatum. Either you feast on Doritos Nacho Cheese chips and lose any chance of having that chiseled six-pack of abs. Or, you gave them up, in hopes that one day you might meet again. Well, what if I said, you could have the same delicious nacho cheese chips AND have those abs?
Quest chips are great for athletes and could be the greatest high protein snack ever known to man. Not only do these delicious savory crunchy snacks come in seven delicious flavors, but they have 19g of protein per bag and only 140 calories. It doesn’t get much better than that. You can grab a whole pack of 12 bags, for $24.99 in chili lime, loaded taco, bbq, ranch, nacho cheese, cheddar and sour cream, or sour cream and onion
Power Crunch Bars
Power crunch bars have been one of my favorite high protein snacks for years. Their protein wafer bar is unrivaled not only in taste but in overall macros. Power Crunch Bars have 12-14g of protein per bar, 10-13g of fat, and 11g of carbs, with only 5-8g of sugar. Power crunch bars come in 10 delicious flavors; wild berry crème, salted caramel, peanut butter fudge, French vanilla crème, peanut butter crème, chocolate mint, triple chocolate, cookies & crème, red velvet, and lemon meringue. They also recently came out with a protein wafer bar, that has 20g of protein called the power crunch pro.
Whey Protein Isolate
Protein shakes are probably are the most convenient, highest protein snack out there. But what type of protein is the best? Whey protein isolate has the highest yield of protein per serving. Unlike whey protein, Whey protein isolate goes through a much more rigorous filtration process, called Cross-Flow Micro-Filtration as compared to whey protein concentrate. Through this filtration process, protein is separated from any additional fat, carbohydrates, cholesterol, and lactose, resulting in a more purified form of protein. Swolverine’s Whey Protein Isolate has 26G of protein per 30g serving and comes in three delicious flavors, Chocolate Milkshake, Vanilla Milkshake, and Honey Cinnamon Peanut Butter. Double up, and you’ve got 52G of protein in your shaker cup. Adding some unflavored Swolverine Collagen Protein and Greek yogurt to the mix for a post-workout shake can take it up another 30g in no time. Check out some of the delicious protein shake recipes below
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Unshelled edamame is delicious, fun to eat, and packed with protein. These tiny protein titans have 9g of protein per ½ cup, with only 4g of fat and 3g of net carbs. You can easily eat a cup of this healthy, convenient snack in one sitting! Plus, it stacks up another 20g of protein towards your protein macro goals.
Opting for Greek Yogurt instead of regular yogurt is going to increase your protein intake in a hurry. One serving of Greek Yogurt has 18g of protein, compared with ordinary yogurt at 8g. And if that wasn’t good enough, Greek Yogurt is creamy, rich and delicious. Ellenos Greek Yogurt makes some of the most delicious Greek Yogurt on the planet. With flavors such as Orange Turmeric, Marionberry, Passion Fruit, Vanilla Bean, Lemon Curd, Pumpkin, and Mango, you’ll stop eating ice cream and start eating Greek Yogurt. Not a joke, it’s that good. Look for a yogurt bar that serves Ellenos at your local Wholefoods market or health food store.
Although cottage cheese is an acquired taste, that does not take away from the fact, that it's pumped full of protein. Whey is made from the cheese manufacturing process, and cottage cheese is part of that process. With 25-28g of protein per cup, Cottage cheese has just as much protein as an entire chicken breast. Want to sweeten the deal in this high protein snack for athletes? Add some fresh fruit like strawberries, blueberries, apples, or blackberries.
If you don’t want to hard-boil a few eggs to prep for the week, no problem. You can get a pack of convenient high-protein hard-boiled eggs at your local convenience stores health food section. If you're an athlete in a hurry, hard-boiled eggs are a healthy, convenient snack for getting in some high protein. With 7g per egg, a couple of these puppies a day and you’ll hit your protein goals in no time.
Jennie O Turkey Stick
If you’re not familiar with Jennie-O, they make all things turkey. And now, they make a convenient individually wrapped turkey snack stick that packs 5g of protein with just 25 calories. These things are amazing on the go and between meals to get a little bit of extra-lean meat between your meals. Jennie-O turkey snack sticks are made in four delicious flavors, Smoke House, Sweet BBQ, Cracked Pepper, and Oven Roasted.
You can’t go wrong with some local beef jerky. Moist, fun to eat, and delicious, beef jerky is one of the highest protein snacks you can get your hands on. One large piece of beef jerky packs around 8-10g of protein with 6-8g of fat and 100 calories. But, watch your sodium intake. One piece of jerky can have up to 500g of sodium, which is 20% of your daily value.
Protein bites are easy to make, gluten-free, and seriously delicious! These bites are a nice pop of protein, an easy breakfast, snack, or easy little dessert after dinner.
You can make them in bulk ahead of time during your weekly meal prep. Better yet? Quadruple the batch and make enough to freeze for the month. As you need them, pull the energy bites out of the freezer, thaw to room temp, pop in the fridge and you’re ready to go! Check out the recipe below to make your protein bites.
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