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22 Healthy high-protein snacks you'll actually want to eat

Tasty ways to get more protein in your diet

Protein is a chief element of our muscles, tissues and organs. It is essential for almost every process that occurs in our bodies, including metabolism and digestion. It also produces antibodies, which fight against infection and illness. Want shiny hair, strong nails, glowing skin and healthy bones? Eat more protein.

Tastier options do exist beyond plain egg whites and canned tuna. Here is the hit list of nutritiously delicious simple snacks that are packed with good quality protein and under 200 calories per serving.

Healthy, high-protein snacks

Snacks with 5 grams of protein or more

  • 49 pistachios (pair with 2 dried apricots)
  • 1 hard boiled egg drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 part-skim mozzarella cheese stick
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter (pair with sliced apples)
  • 8-ounce glass of milk (pair with any snack or indulge with two small cookies)
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar (melt onto 10 whole grain tortilla chips in microwave)
  • 1/4 cup trail mix containing mostly nuts
  • no-bake cinnamon bun oatmeal-raisin cookie protein bites
  • 21 almonds
  • 1/4 cup hummus dip (pair with carrot and celery sticks)
  • 1 ounce natural turkey jerky
  • 1 slice Swiss cheese (pair with a handful of grapes)
  • 2 slices natural deli turkey (roll with Bibb lettuce and Dijon mustard)
  • 6-ounce cup of yogurt (blend with fruit and milk for a frosty smoothie)
  • 1/3 cup honey Greek yogurt (topped with frozen raspberries and blackberries)
  • 2 servings baked pizza kale chips
  • 1/4 cup cooked lentils mixed with diced avocados and salsa (pair with whole grain pita chips)
  • 1/4 cup cashews

Snacks with 10 grams of protein or more

  • 6-ounce cup low-fat flavored Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup edamame pods sprinkled with flaked sea salt
  • 1/3 cup tuna salad (pair with whole grain crackers)
  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese (pair with sliced pears)
  • 1-ounce diced canned chicken breast tossed with light mayo and hot sauce (pair with celery sticks)
  • 12-ounce non-fat latte

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