Warmer weather is almost here to stay — and that means it’s time to get outside and play. Which also means you need to keep your energy level up, without filling up on unhealthy foods that will weigh you down. This is where protein comes in, and there are so many great ways to eat it. By keeping a few protein packed snacks in your back pocket, you’ll be ready for playtime, anytime.
Here are 10 of Holloway Sportswear’s top portable protein packed snacks!
- Mixed Nuts
They usually come in a convenient ready-to-go package, and they’re full of protein and healthy fats. To get the most out of your snack, go for natural almonds or pistachios – no salt added!
- Hard Boiled Eggs
Take a few minutes at the beginning of the week to boil a dozen eggs. Anytime you need that extra kick, just pop one out of the fridge and chow down. Quick and filling, and about 6 grams of protein.
- Ants on a Hill
Also called Nutter Butter Boats, it’s just celery sticks loaded with nut butter like almond or walnut, and topped with some raisins. You can also throw this on an apple to get a little extra nutrient kick.
- Cottage Cheese
Drop the Greek yogurt and pick up a serving of non-fat cottage cheese. It’s loaded with protein and it’s barely over 100 calories. The sodium is a little high, but the calcium is too! Add in some green peppers and tomatoes to make it a lunch.
- String Cheese
Yes, more cheese! Buy some portable part-skim string cheese and you’ll get up to 8 grams of protein per serving. You’ll also get some good fat to fill your belly – without sticking to your belly.
- Banana and Oatmeal
Buy some portable cups of oats, and throw in some bananas and a pinch of cinnamon. Add hot water and you’ve got a warm, filling breakfast that packs 4 grams of protein.
- Dry Roasted Edamame
Satisfy your need to crunch, and your need for protein with up to 14 grams of it. You can also easily find microwavable edamame and still get 3 grams and only 90 calories.
- Roasted Chickpeas
This one takes a little prep work, but the 120 calorie, 5-gram protein snack is worth it. Just mix some rinsed and drained chickpeas in with olive oil, chili pepper and salt, and bake on 425 degrees for 45 minutes.
- Mediterranean Mix
Spice it up a little with this healthy 7-gram protein mix. In a tupperware, combine cherry tomatoes, sliced aged cheese and oil-cured olives. Add in some crunchy whole wheat bread for a carb kick.
- Lemon Tuna
All you need is some light tuna, a squeeze of lemon and a sprinkle of pepper to get a whopping 20 grams of protein per can. Pick up some baked pita chips and you’ve got yourself a delicious snack.