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

Michelle Dudash, RD, is nationally recognized as an expert in teaching people how health and food can happily co-exist. Through her 18 years of food business experience as a Le Cordon Bleu certified chef having cooked at a five star rest...

Tasty ways to get more protein in your diet

As the main element that makes up our muscles, organs and tissues, protein is kind of a big deal. Almost every process in the body depends on it, including digestion and metabolism. Getting enough protein can also ensure that your body produces antibodies to fight off infection and disease. On top of that, protein is the full-body beautifier that is responsible for the glowing skin, shiny hair and strong nails we strive for.

But as so many of us have learned the hard way, strict high-protein diets can get boring, fast. Thankfully 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 are 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 of peanut butter (pair with sliced apples)
  • 8-ounce glass of milk (pair with any snack, or indulge with 2 small cookies)
  • 1/4 cup of shredded cheddar (melt onto 10 whole-grain tortilla chips in the microwave)
  • 1/4 cup of trail mix containing mostly nuts
  • 2 no-bake cinnamon bun oatmeal-raisin cookie protein bites
  • 21 almonds
  • 1/4 cup of hummus dip (pair with carrot and celery sticks)
  • 1 ounce of natural turkey jerky
  • 1 slice of Swiss cheese (pair with a handful of grapes)
  • 2 slices of 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 of honey Greek yogurt (topped with frozen raspberries and blackberries)
  • 2 servings of baked pizza kale chips
  • 1/4 cup of cooked lentils mixed with diced avocados and salsa (pair with whole-grain pita chips)
  • 1/4 cup of cashews

Snacks with 10 grams of protein or more

  • 6-ounce cup of low-fat flavored Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup of edamame pods sprinkled with flaked sea salt
  • 1/3 cup of tuna salad (pair with whole-grain crackers)
  • 1/2 cup of 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 nonfat latte

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Updated by Bethany Ramos on 3/16/16

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