We’re BIG fans of snacks here at Delish—salty snacks, sweet snacks, and everything in between. There’s always something fun to try in our office and test kitchen—whether we’re trying out new Girl Scout cookie flavors or are ranking all the best potato chips—but when we’re snacking to help get us through our day, we know we can’t be so mindless about our noshing. Instead, we turn to high-protein options that will keep us feeling fuller and won’t give us a sugar crash. Check out our 30 high-protein snack recipes for ideas, then prep a big batch—when you’ve got these ready to go ahead of time, you’ve practically already won against any mid-afternoon hunger strike.
When it comes to high-protein foods, there are a few stand-outs that are perfect for turning into snacks, whether you’re looking for a mini meal to hold you over or something you can eat by the handful. It’s a no-brainer that there’s tons of protein-packed options available, from things like chicken, fish (canned tuna, we love you), and eggs. Our Cobb egg salad, our curried chicken salad, our pinwheel sandwiches, and our BLT cups are just a few examples of ways to turn those proteins into snack foods.
Even if you’re avoiding animal products (or just don’t want to be that person smelling up the office, sorry tuna), you’ve got options. Nuts and seeds are also high in protein (and often fiber, antioxidants, and plant-based omega-3s too!). Check out our chia pudding, our homemade almond butter, our curry-lime cashews, or our peanut butter protein balls for ideas.
Finally, you really can’t beat the convenience of a can of beans for a high-protein snack. And not just straight out of the can (we’re not monsters 😉)—instead, turn canned chickpeas or black beans into something like our chickpea “tuna” salad, our cowboy caviar, or our roasted chickpeas. They’re fun, flavorful, and ripe for improvisation, so change ‘em up with whatever you like.
Want more health-conscious snack ideas? Check out our best high-fiber snacks, our top healthy snacks for work, and our favorite healthy snacks to buy too.