14 High-Protein Snacks That'll Help You Power Through the Day

Mediterranean Salmon Spread with crackers
Photo: Jason Donnelly

Whether you're staving off a midday crash or fueling up while on the go, stay on your feet with our protein-packed snack recipes. Each of these healthy snacks supplies at least 7 grams of protein, offering an easy way to fill you up and give you long-lasting energy. You don't need to be following a high-protein diet to put these snack ideas to good use!

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Avocado Egg Bake

avocado egg bake
Hannah Bigot

Eggs are one of our favorite high-protein foods because they're easy to make and delicious to eat. You can make a tasty egg-filled avocado cup in just 25 minutes. (Save the second half for a bedtime snack!) This is a low-carb treat, too—the creamy green fruit stands in for toast.

Protein: 11 grams

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Indian Chickpea Salad with Pitas

Indian Garbanzo Bean Salad with Pitas
Jason Donnelly

Chickpeas are a protein-rich food, so they're a great addition to your list of healthy snack ideas. Chickpeas and low-fat yogurt give this vegetarian salad as much protein per serving as about five slices of bacon. Pack it in a Mason jar and wrap a pita half in foil so you can enjoy this satisfying snack on the go.

Protein: 14 grams

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Ginger-Acai Bowls with Almond-Pepita Clusters

Ginger-Acai Bowls with Almond-Pepita Clusters arranged with lines of fruit and almonds
Blaine Moats

The creamy base for this acai bowl features protein-packed yogurt, but get this: Even the homemade granola for this beautiful smoothie bowl is hiding protein. An egg white binds the crunchy bits together, while sliced almonds, pumpkin seeds, and flaxseed meal give each bowl as much protein as an energy bar (without the chalky consistency). If you're not a fan of more traditional natural-protein foods, sneak some into your afternoon snack with this yummy smoothie bowl.

Protein: 10 grams

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Paleo Rosemary Roasted Nuts

Paleo Rosemary Roasted Nuts
Karla Conrad

For the biggest muscle boost, we suggest using almonds, walnuts, and pumpkin seeds (pepitas) for this spiced-up snack. Pack in reusable snack bags and store in your car, purse, or desk so you're never too far from a healthy bite. You can store this mix for a few days, so it's a great option to keep around.

Protein: 7 grams

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Protein-Packed Smoothies

Protein-Packed strawberry Smoothies with straws
Peter Krumhardt

High-protein snacks don't have to be hard to make! Instead of stopping at the smoothie store, blend your own smoothie at home so you know exactly what's in it. Hint: fresh fruit, yogurt, and a lot of protein!

Protein: 10 grams

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No-Cook Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

No-Cook Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Marty Baldwin

To keep the carb count low and the protein count high (we're looking at you, keto), these Asian-inspired lettuce wraps are just the ticket. Simply pulse together cooked chicken breast with some green onions, bell pepper, and a hint of spice in your food processor ($59, Target). Keep the mixture in the fridge to warm up a bit anytime you need a quick, high-protein snack to refuel.

Protein: 7 grams

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Pizza Quesadillas

Pizza Quesadillas
Matthew Clark

Pizza for a snack? Yes, please! This tasty food mash-up looks like a Mexican-style meal but tastes like an Italian appetizer. However you classify it, you can call these high-protein snack wedges delicious. This is also one of our favorite healthy snacks for kids. They can help make it, too!

Protein: 9 grams

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Ricotta and Parmesan Spread

Ricotta and Parmesan Spread
Jason Donnelly

Delicious and creamy, ricotta cheese is super high in protein. Mixing in fresh basil, oregano, and chives gives it even more flavor. Who knew an appetizer spread worthy of a cheese plate could be included as one of your sources of protein for the day?

Protein: 7 grams

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Pizza Lettuce Wraps

Pizza Lettuce Wraps
Blaine Moats

Everyone loves a cheesy slice of pizza. Our lettuce wraps are an absolutely delicious and healthy high-protein snack choice! Large Bibb lettuce leaves provide the wrap for our protein-packed pizza nibbles.

Protein: 12 grams

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Spiced Tofu Spring Rolls

Tofu and Pickled Vegetable Sandwich
Andy Lyons

If you're a meat-eater, tofu might not top your list of protein sources, but it should! Spicy tofu adds a boost of plant-based protein and zippy flavor to our spring rolls filled with fresh veggies. Tip: Save half the tofu marinade to reuse as a dipping sauce.

Protein: 9 grams

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Sweet Ricotta and Strawberry Parfaits

Sweet Ricotta and Strawberry Parfaits in glass jars
Karla Conrad

Ditch the yogurt! Sweet ricotta adds an extra richness to these fruit-filled parfaits. Fresh mint and strawberries are a scrumptious flavor pairing in this high-protein snack recipe that makes a tasty, refreshing, and healthy treat on a hot summer afternoon. Bonus: it's also gluten-free!

Protein: 9 grams

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Bacon and Cheese Deviled Eggs

Bacon and Cheese Deviled Eggs on plate against rich red background
Blaine Moats

Eggs alone almost meet our healthy snack protein criteria of 7 grams, but we added bacon. The salty, savory ingredient adds an extra gram of protein to each serving. Plus, who could say no to bacon? Not us, that's for sure!

Protein: 7 grams

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Crunchy PB&A Wrap

Crunchy PB and A Wrap
Jacob Fox

Enjoy peanut butter and apples wrapped in a convenient travel package: a tortilla! This healthy snack idea brings back the classic PB&J recipe but with a few twists for extra protein. For a fiber and protein boost, choose whole wheat instead of white flour tortillas.

Protein: 8 grams

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Mediterranean Salmon Spread

Mediterranean Salmon Spread with crackers
Jason Donnelly

Salmon, sour cream, garlic, and bell pepper combine to make a delicious high-protein savory snack. Fresh mint complements the dip and makes this a feast for the eyes, too. Serve with crackers of your choice for a tasty, healthy snack idea.

Protein: 7 grams

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