201 High-Protein Snacks Anyone Can Make

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This is the Internet’s most massive list of high-protein snacks. Anybody with any skill level in the kitchen can make these snacks.

When you hear your stomach grumble in the middle of the afternoon, you know it’s time for a snack. But don’t just grab any snack. You’ll simply feel your stomach gurgle in hunger again two hours too early for dinner.

Instead of going for a Tootsie Roll or a glass of sugar-laden fruit drink that came from a box, treat yourself to a snack that’s rich in protein.

Eating a high-protein snack when you’re hungry at 3 p.m. or as a post-workout treat is the best way to make sure you’re not lunging for that tub of ice cream later in the day.

Since protein takes longer to digest than carbohydrates, snacking on something that packs a protein punch keeps you feeling full until dinner. It also stimulates your satiety hormones and suppresses your hunger hormones, intensifying the feeling of fullness.

Needless to say, a high-protein snack also keeps your muscles happy by fueling them with the right amino acids for building and repairing them after a grueling workout. If you’re on an intense exercise regimen, or any exercise regimen for that matter, sneaking in a snack high in protein in between meals is a must-do.

To help keep your snack-time treats interesting and full of variety, here is the world’s most massive list of high-protein snacks anybody with any kitchen skill level can make.


With 6 grams of protein apiece, eggs are a great snack choice for anyone. The fastest, easiest way to get your egg fix is to boil them, but if you’re tired of the same old hard-boiled egg, here are interesting new recipes to spice things up.  

1. Steamed Eggs

Simply combine eggs, water, and chicken stock (you can substitute with a vegetable stock for a vegetarian-friendly version), place in ramekins, and steam. Top with mushrooms, soy sauce, scallions, or whatever you want. Recipe by The Woks of Life

2. Omelet in a Cup

In a hurry? Crack two eggs into a mug, whisk in some milk, and pop into the microwave oven. Take it out to add your choice of toppings – cheese and bacon are a good place to start – and put it back into the oven to finish cooking the eggs. Recipe by Land O Lakes

3. Curried Egg Salad

Satisfy your craving for something Indian with hard-boiled eggs and a curry dressing. The addition of Greek yogurt also increases the protein power of this snack. You can place on a whole-grain toast, or you can eat it alone as is. Recipe by: LiveBest

4. Chinese Marbled Tea Eggs

Recreate the ordinary hard-boiled egg by looking to the Far East for inspiration. Get several cooked eggs, crack the shells with a spoon, and simmer in an Oriental-inspired stew of black tea, soy sauce, and other spices. Recipe by: Appetite for China

5. Healthy Homemade Spiced Eggnog

Eggnog doesn’t have to be a Christmas exclusive. It’s easy to whip up a healthy (read: non-alcoholic) version of this creamy drink using egg whites, almond milk, and a dash of nutmeg and cinnamon. Can be enjoyed warm or cold. Recipe by: Move Nourish Believe

6. Cottage Cheese and Egg Custard

Blend a mixture of cottage cheese and eggs into this velvety smooth, protein-packed custard. You can also add your choice of fresh herbs, such as tarragon, chives, or parsley, though they’re entirely optional. Recipe by: Food  

7. Skinny Deviled Eggs

Instead of mayonnaise, use half a cup of Greek yogurt to impart that light, creamy texture to the eggs. Greek yogurt is also loaded with protein and a ton of helpful probiotics to help keep your gut healthy. Recipe by: The Wholesome Dish

8. Tuna Deviled Eggs

This is called a protein powerhouse for a reason. Eggs + tuna = protein bomb. The recipe calls for three tablespoons of mayo, but you can substitute with Greek yogurt if you’re looking for a less fatty version. Recipe by: Healthfully Ever After

9. Baked Avocado with Egg

What could be easier than slicing up an avocado in half, scooping out its seed, and cracking an egg on top of it? You can garnish with your choice of herbs and salt and pepper to taste, then pop the entire thing into the oven. Recipe by: Seasonal Cravings

10. Red Beet Eggs

If you’re adventurous, try these pretty pink eggs from Pennsylvania. They’re made by soaking hard-boiled eggs in red beet liquid, vinegar, and a bit of sugar and salt. It definitely takes pickled eggs to a whole new level. Recipe by: Crafty Cooking Mama

11. Hummus Sriracha Deviled Eggs

This recipe ditches the mayo for some chickpea hummus and brings the devil back in deviled eggs by adding an extra-hot dash of sriracha sauce to the egg yolk mixture. Recipe by: Tori Avey

Peanut Butter

This “unhealthy” snack food actually packs in 8 grams of protein in two tablespoons. It’s also rich in potassium, magnesium, and Vitamin B6. However, because a single serving of peanut butter racks up 180 calories, it’s best to pair it with low-calorie foods. The best peanut butters are the natural kind, such as those you can get from your local farmer’s market or whole foods grocery store.

12. Skinny Cinnamon Peanut Butter Dip

Want to liven up a plate of apple slices? Mix some peanut butter and Greek yogurt, sprinkle some cinnamon powder and you have a nutty, cinnamoney dipping cream that is a perfect blend of sweet-smelling flavors. Recipe by Six Sisters Stuff

13. Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Soft Serve

Want yummy, creamy, soft-serve luscious ice cream without the added sugar and additives in it? Three ingredients is all you need. Peanut butter, a couple of bananas, and some cocoa powder. Blend, freeze, and eat! Recipe by The Healthy Maven  

14. Peanut Butter Greek Yogurt

With 27 whopping grams of protein, this is the ultimate peanut butter snack. And to make matters even better, you can easily make this taste like Reese’s Peanut Butter ice cream simply by adding a little bit of cocoa powder. Recipe by Bender Fitness

15. Healthy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

These soft, chewy, peanut buttery cookies can be made with ingredients that are already in your kitchen. You can easily bake up a batch, place a few cookies in a Ziploc bag, and drop inside your bag for a yummy snack on the go. Recipe by Savory Style

16. Healthy Peanut Butter Cups

Satisfy that chocolate craving with peanut butter cups made from all-natural peanut butter. You’ll also get the health-giving benefits of virgin coconut oil. A little bit of these goes a long way, so remember not to devour everything right away. Recipe by Fit Foodie Finds

17. Three-Ingredient Peanut Butter Protein Balls

Anything that takes only three ingredients to make is a godsend! You only need peanut butter, some rolled oats, and your protein powder of choice for this recipe. Mix everything together into nice, little balls and that’s it. The best thing about this recipe is you can add whatever you like to make it fancy.  Recipe by Tifness

18. Loaded Apple Nachos

Nachos can be good for you – if they’re made of fruit and are drizzled with melted peanut butter sauce instead of store-bought ketchup and mayo. This recipe uses Granny Smith apples, but we say you can go for any fruit you want. Recipe by Begin with Nutrition

19. No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie

No-bake recipes are always a winner in our book. The only thing you need is a blender and a pie plate to assemble everything together. You’ll also need nuts and your choice of milk for the crust, and bananas and a cup of peanut butter for the rich, decadent filling. Recipe by ifoodreal

20. Five-Minute Nut Butter Muffins

These muffins are crisp on the outside, moist on the inside. The peanut butter and banana combination in these easy-to-make muffins (or mini-muffins) keeps your sweet tooth happy.  Feel free to top with natural fruit preserves for a sweet, tangy finish. Recipe by Whole Lifestyle Nutrition

21. Chocolate Peanut Butter Quinoa Parfait

Start by making some simple chia pudding the night before. Pour a small layer into a fancy glass (Or you can make it as ugly as you want, we don’t care, it’s still delicious!), cover with peanut butter sauce, and top with more high-protein cooked quinoa. Store in a mason jar and carry with you wherever you go. Recipe by Simply Quinoa


Go for wild-caught fresh tuna whenever you can, but if you can’t, there is always tuna in a can you can pick up at the grocery store. There’s even tuna in packets you can bring to the office. But if you want to jazz’ em up with some flavor, check these recipes out.

22. Deluxe Healthy Tuna Melt

Cut an English muffin in half and slather on a generous layer of this cheesy tuna spread made with Greek yogurt instead of traditional mayo. Top with a few slices of avocado and tomato for some healthy fats and lycopene. Recipe by Live and Diet

23. Tuna Cucumber Cups

Nothing makes a better base than cucumbers. They’re low-calorie, nutrient-filled, and go well with everything, including tuna. Scoop out some holes into a few cucumber slices, fill them up with these creamy tuna mixture, and pop a couple into your mouth when you’re starting to feel hungry in the afternoon. Recipe by Primavera Kitchen

24. Mediterranean Tuna Lettuce Wraps

Chop up some onions and bell peppers, throw in some olives, chickpeas, and grape tomatoes, and mix everything up with tuna, mustard, and lemon juice. Then scoop spoonfuls into separate lettuce leaves and chow’ em down. Recipe by Becky’s Best Bites

25. Apple Tuna Bites

Whipped up your favorite tuna salad (Nuts and dried cranberries optional; omit at your own risk!) and layer them over fresh apple slices. This works perfectly well as a light snack, or you could make a few more slices if you want it for lunch or dinner. Recipe by Eat. Drink. Love.

26. 2-Minute Tuna Salad

Got two minutes? Grab a salad bowl, throw in some tuna, tomatoes, bell peppers, pine nuts, and whatever vegetable you want. Mix in some homemade pesto (or any store-bought brand you have), and voila! A two-minute tuna salad great for layering on top of crackers, inside a lettuce leaf, or eating it on its own. Recipe by Smile Sandwich

27. White Bean Tuna Cakes

Who says you can’t use tuna for other things but salads? Mash up some white beans and fold in the tuna and some chopped onions. Place in the oven for 20 minutes and you have nice, chunky tuna cakes great for on-the-go snacks. Hold everything together with chia “egg” for added fiber. Recipe by Tasting Page

28. Sweet Potato Tuna Patties

Want sweet tuna cakes? You can make them without adding any sugar to the recipe. The secret is in mashing up a couple of sweet potatoes and mixing the tuna salad in. Fry on the stovetop or inside the oven for an oil-free version. Recipe by Tasty Kitchen

29. Tuna Salad on Crackers

Here’s a classic that’s never gonna go out of style. Whip up your favorite tuna salad (Use Greek yogurt instead of mayo for a more filling version.), tear up some lettuce leaves and place them on top of your favorite crackers, and place a dollop of tuna salad on top of them. Each serving a whopping 13 grams of protein. Recipe by Garnish and Glaze

30. Cottage Cheese Tuna Salad 

Mix up your healthy salad dressing by using cottage cheese instead of Greek yogurt. This rich, milky cheese is a bodybuilder’s favorite for one reason – protein overload. Recipe by Kim’s Cravings

31. Wasabi Tuna Salad

Tired of the same old same old? Go Asian with your tuna salad by adding a tablespoon of wasabi. It goes really well with some ripe avocados, on top of whole-grain bread, or really anything at all. Recipe by Smells Like Brownies

Greek Yogurt

Not only does Greek yogurt contain 17 grams of protein in one container, it’s also teeming with gut-friendly probiotics that can help with digestion. You can grab a few containers from the store aisle (make sure your brand doesn’t have added sugars in it), but it’s cheap and easy as pie to make your own Greek yogurt at home.

32. Five-Minute Healthy Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

This is the ultimate strawberry froyo recipe, minus the added sugar and calories. Take several frozen strawberries and dump them into a food processor with your yogurt. Add a little bit of natural sweetener and lemon juice to taste, and blend it up. This stores well in the freezer for up to a month. Recipe by Just a Taste

33. Greek Yogurt Chocolate Mousse

Here’s a light, summery chocolate mousse that’s as decadent as the real thing, only it’s not as sinful. Heat up some milk – almond, coconut, cow’s, or whatever floats your boat – and chocolate and mix in your Greek yogurt. Pour into ramekins and freeze before serving. Recipe by My Fussy Eater

34. Veggies and Greek Yogurt Avocado Ranch Dip

How to get your kids to eat their veggies. 1. Mash an avocado, 2. Blend with Greek yogurt, 3. Add a little bit of dip mix. Tastes great with raw carrots, bell peppers, and celery. You can serve with a happy heart knowing your kids will gobble everything up. Recipe by Cooking Classy

35. Greek Yogurt Breakfast Bark

The recipe is called a breakfast bark, but we think it’s a great pick-me-up in between meals too. This dreamy-looking yogurt bark is so easy to make. All you need are some berries, granola, and Greek yogurt. Put everything together, freeze, and eat. Recipe by Go Eat and Repeat

36. Greek Yogurt Berry Ice Pops

Blend some berries and yogurt separately and pour in alternate layers into ice pop molds. For a decorative effect with pink swirls on a white background, fold both mixtures into each other without fully mixing them. Freeze for a few hours and enjoy. Recipe by Clean Eating Mag

37. Froyo Berry Bites

Here’s another interesting way to eat froyo. Pour them into muffin pans! First, line the button of each pan with some crushed almonds. Then pour on some Greek yogurt. Finally, top everything with berries, nuts, and whatever you like. Recipe by Skinny Ms.   

38. Cookie Dough Greek Yogurt

If you’re looking for cookie dough Greek yogurt that actually takes like one, switch up the usual peanut butter for more mild-tasting cashew butter. You’re still putting in the nutrients, but the peanut flavor isn’t as intense. Tip: Trader Joe’s sells cashew butter that’s way more affordable than anywhere else. Recipe by Live Lean Eat Green

39. The World’s Healthiest Cheesecake

This is the world’s healthiest cheesecake for a reason. You use protein-rich chickpea flour and homemade applesauce for the crust and a healthy helping of Greek yogurt for the filling. And did we mention each slice is only 75 calories? You’re welcome! Indulge. Recipe by Foodie Fiasco

40. Yogurt Parfait – Just Three Ingredients

Spoon some vanilla Greek yogurt into a pretty glass and add a layer of berries and granola. Repeat until you reach the top. Drizzle some honey for added sweetness if desired. You can fool people into thinking this is actually a sugar-loaded dessert. Recipe by Feasting Not Fasting

41. Veggies with Tzatziki Sauce

Cool and flavorful is what a good tzatziki sauce ought to be. Greek yogurt accounts for the first part of the equation, while a good combo of cucumber, lemon juice, and dill weed account for the second. Serve with raw veggies for a nutritious afternoon snack. Recipe by Two Peas & Their Pod

42. Labneh

There’s thick Greek yogurt and there’s super-thick Greek yogurt called labneh, which you can form into “cheese balls” and marinate in olive oil and spices. This recipe calls for a Middle Eastern spice called za’atar but you can easily substitute with dried thyme or marjoram. Recipe by Hungry Couple NYC

43. Spinach Frozen Yogurt  

This healthy spinach froyo tastes just like a great morning smoothie, only it’s even better because it feels like ice cream. If you don’t have an ice cream maker, freeze this smoothie up into ice cubes and blend once again until they reach that smooth ice cream consistency. Recipe by The Pancake Princess

Cottage Cheese

Cottage cheese should be a diet staple because of how versatile it is. You can mix it with fruits, use it in place of cream in desserts and mayo in salads, or liven up savory main dishes. With 22 grams of protein per cup, cottage cheese makes an excellent aid for meeting your fitness goals.

44. Peanut Butter Mousse

Do cheese and peanut butter go together? Absolutely! This guilt-free mousse is so simple that even the most ignorant kitchen noobs can make it. Grab a cup of cottage cheese (Homemade is better!), add a few tablespoons of peanut butter, and blend. You can add a healthy sweetener such as stevia to taste. Recipe by I Quit Sugar

45. Cottage Cheese Pancake

Here’s another one of those three-ingredient recipes we love! Get some cottage cheese, rolled oats, and eggs, blend them all together and pour into the frying pan. There’s lots of options for sprucing them up, but we love these pancakes just the way they are. Recipe by Hurry the Food Up

46. High-Protein Berry Mousse

This is an egg-free, gluten-free, soy-free vegetarian snack that fits the diet preferences of a lot of people. Simply blend some cottage cheese with a little bit of apple juice, lemon juice, and some almond meal to thicken it up, and then top off with a spoonful of frozen berries. Recipe by OmNom Ally

47. High-Protein Cottage Cheese Berry Ice Cream

Two ingredients: cottage cheese and frozen berries. Whip ‘em up in a high-speed blender and scoop into an ice cream bowl. Top off with a sprig of mint if desired. Recipe by Abbey’s Kitchen

48. So Easy Cottage Cheese Dip with Veggies

Another way to trick yourself into getting in more veggies? Dip them into a rich, creamy cottage cheese dip. You only have to mix in onions, parsley, and a little bit of mayo and this baby is ready to go. Recipe by Mom’s Kitchen Handbook  

49. Banana Split

Can banana split truly be healthy? Oh yes! Instead of ice cream, use some cottage cheese. Instead of chocolate chips, sprinkle with some flax and chia seeds. Top with a smattering of nuts and a few maraschino cherries for a look that emulates the classic banana split. Recipe by Natural Noshing  

50. Cottage Honey Toast

Want something absolutely quick to make? Grab a slice of bread, toast the way you like it, spread on an ample amount of cottage cheese, and then drizzle with a little bit of honey. Recipe by Nibble Dish

51. Cucumber Boats

Cut a cucumber in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds to create a hollow. Sprinkle some fresh herbs into a cup of cottage cheese and spoon into the cucumber hollows. Recipe by Complete Recipes

52. Cottage Cheese Banana and Coconut Parfait

It’s a parfait with a cheesy vibe and a tropical twist. Mix in some coconut flakes and sliced bananas into a cupful of cottage cheese and sweeten with honey if desired. Top off with slivered almonds or any nuts of your choosing for a bit of crunch. Recipe by The Texas Peach

53. Healthy Warm Cinnamon Apple Mess

This is the perfect sweet snack for autumn, or really for any time of the year. Cut up some apples, mix them with coconut oil and cinnamon (You can add a little bit of brown sugar.), and pop into the microwave for a few minutes. Top with a cold, fresh serving of cottage cheese and sprinkle some nuts if desired. Recipe by Apple of My Eye

54. Five-Minute Jello Salad

Walk down memory lane with the snack of your childhood. Whisk together some Jell-O and Cool Whip, fold in your cottage cheese, and add fruit slices of your choice. Cool in freezer before serving. Recipe by Six Sisters Stuff

Protein Bars

The stuff you find at grocery stores are most likely filled to the brim with sugars, salts, hydrogenated oils, and additives you can’t even pronounce. When you’re hungry for a bite, why not bite into a protein bar that you made yourself at home? That way, you know you’re getting only the good stuff.

55. Soft and Chewy Protein Granola Bars

Few things in life are more filling than a bowl of granola, nut butter, and almond milk. Throw in a generous amount of vanilla protein powder into the mix, cinnamon for flavoring, and optional chocolate chips for a treat for a filling snack at 3 p.m. One bar makes 5 g of protein. Recipe by Running with Spoons

56. Low-Carb Protein Bars

Perfect for anyone on a low-carb diet, this recipe is chock-full of protein and good fats and not much else. You’ll need any nut butter of your choice, a combo of whey and pea protein powders for a smooth texture, some Greek yogurt, and flavorings of your choice. Recipe by Chocolate Chili Mango

57. Homemade No-Bake Protein Bars

This is probably the easiest protein bar on the planet. Open a can of coconut cream, whisk until everything is smooth, and mix in some oatmeal, peanut butter, and protein powder. Flatten into a pan and freeze. One small bar gives you a massive 16 g of protein. Recipe by Darebee

58. Chickpea Peanut Protein Bars

If you’re a firm believer in eating only natural, this is the protein bar for you. No need for protein powders here, just natural, good food sourced from Mother Nature herself. Recipe by Just Natural Please

59. Homemade DIY Chocolate Fudge Black Bean Brownie Protein Bars

Black bean brownies have become pretty much a staple in the fitness world, but would you care for a black bean brownie with extra protein? We certainly would! This recipe works best with chocolate or peanut butter protein powder, but as brownies go, you can spruce them up however you like. Recipe by Crafty Cooking Mama

60. Healthy Homemade Cookies & Cream Protein Bars

It’s your favorite ice cream flavor in a silky smooth protein bar that yields 9 grams of protein. There’s no need for nuts or seeds in this recipe. It’s just pure creamy goodness from the coconut cream and cashew butter, with little chunks of chocolate here and there. Recipe by Edible Sound Bites

61. Strawberry Ripe Protein Bars

This protein bar is a fully evolved version of the chocolate-covered strawberry. Blend some freeze-dried strawberries and coconut flakes, add your protein powder and almond milk, and then freeze. Once the bars are cut, dunk them in a pool of chocolate and let cool before digging in. Recipe by Chocolate Chili Mango

62. No-Bake Red Velvet Protein Bars

These bars may look like the devil in disguise, but they’re actually extremely good for you. The bright red color comes from beets, which gives these bars an extra boost of fiber and Vitamin C. Recipe by Big Man’s World

63. Quinoa Chia Seed Protein Bars

This gluten-free, plant-based protein bar uses quinoa as a base and mixes it up with oats, almonds, flax seeds, black chia seeds, and some good, ole honey (or maple syrup if you’re vegan) and almond butter to keep everything intact. Recipe by Wendy Polisi

64. Pucker Up Lemon Coconut Protein Bars

When you’re tired of the same old chocolatey flavors, switch up with this tangy-sweet lemon-and-coconut protein bars for a summery feel. You get a lot of protein here from the combination of eggs, almond meal, chia seeds, and protein powder of your choice. Recipe by Om Nom Ally

65. No-Bake Mint Chocolate Protein Bars

Mint and chocolate are the ultimate flavor pairing in our opinion, and you can’t go wrong with anything that’s minty and chocolatey at the same time. Add to the fact that it’s no bake and takes only 20 minutes to make and this recipe is a winner in our books. Recipe by The Healthy Maven

Protein Shakes

When you’d rather sip your snack than eat it, go for a homemade protein shake instead of a bottled drink you can get from the store. While there’s no reason you can’t get enough protein from food, shakes are a convenient way to load up on the nutrient when you’re pressed for time.

66. Matcha Green Tea Protein Shake

The combination of antioxidant-rich matcha, protein powder, and almond milk makes this a powerful drink that’s just as luxurious but way more delicious and a whole lot better for you than a Starbucks matche latte. Recipe by Wholesomely Homemade

67. Peanut Butter Maple Protein Shake

Peanut butter makes everything so much butter, including this five-minute shake that you can whip up any time of the day. The recipe calls for xanthan gum, but you can totally omit it. The half cup of cottage cheese will make this drink so thick it’s like a milkshake. Recipe by Dashing Dish

68. Coffee Lover’s Protein Shake

Can’t leave your coffee alone? Turn it into a powerhouse by combining it with almond milk and your favorite protein powder. There are no sugar crashes in here. You get your sweet fix from a mashed ripe banana added into the mix. Recipe by Love and Zest

69. Lemon Chiffon Protein Shake

This sunshiny yellow protein shake is not as heavy as other shakes, but it’s still loaded to the brim with protein and antioxidants that you get from one lemon. Use a coconut milk base for a milky, frothy texture. Recipe by A Whisk and Two Wands

70. Blueberry Banana Super Smoothie

Not a powder lover? No problem. You can get immense amounts of protein from this smoothie that uses kefir as a base. It’s also rich in fiber, good fats, and a sweet, fruity flavor coming from the frozen fruits. Recipe by Dr. Jockers

71. Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie

Sure, it’s a protein shake that’s made for autumn, but who says you can’t drink it any day of the year? All you need is some pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, almond milk, and a banana to sweeten things up. Don’t forget a heaping scoop of vanilla protein powder. Recipe by PaleOMG

72. Key Lime Pie Protein Shake

Here’s a light, fresh, and tangy-sweet protein shake that’s made from key lime juice, fresh spinach, and cottage cheese. The added protein powder boosts the protein content to a whopping 33 grams per glass. Recipe by Dashing Dish

73. Sunrise Smoothie

This smoothie is sweet, frosty velvet in a glass and gets all its protein from a cup of vanilla Greek yogurt. Simply throw in a handful of berries, a banana, and a peeled orange into the blender and blend with yogurt. Recipe by Iowa Girl Eats

74. St. Patty’s Day Mint Chocolate Green Protein Smoothie

There’s no way we’re gonna make a list of protein shake recipes without adding one for a mint chocolate shake. This recipe gets its green from spinach or kale and its sweetness from a ripe banana. Add in some chocolate protein powder, a few drops of peppermint extract, and a sprinkle of chocolate chips on top. Recipe by Nutritionist in the Kitch

75. French Toast Protein Shake

It’s your favorite breakfast in a cool, tall glass. This French toast protein shake combines cottage cheese, maple extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla protein powder. Butter extract is optional, but we suggest using a tiny pat of real butter instead. Recipe by Dashing Dish

76. Red Velvet Protein Smoothie

Gone are the days when red velvet equaled unhealthy. These days, you can still get your fix of that bright red luscious color by using red beets instead. They’re loaded with fiber and vitamins to boost the nutrient profile of this protein shake. Recipe by Dishing Out Health

77. Black Forest Protein Smoothie

Chocolate and cherries are the ultimate combination for a sweet treat so indulgent you’ll think you’re drinking something endorsed by the devil. But it’s not sinful at all. Mixed with bananas, almond milk, and chocolate protein powder, this shake is as good as they come. Recipe by Claudia’s Cookbook  


Sometimes called garbanzo beans, chickpeas have a mildly nutty, lightly earthy flavor that you can combine with a variety of sweet and savory dishes. At 19 grams per serving, chickpeas are sure to help you reach your daily protein requirements in no time.

78. Sun-dried Tomato Hummus

Everybody loves hummus, but you’ll love it even more if it has that slight hint of sour juiciness from the tomatoes and a touch of creamy goodness with a generous dollop of Greek yogurt. Serve with vegetables, crackers, or on its own. Recipe by Stephie Cooks

79. Chickpea Nuggets with Cucumber Dipping Sauce

If you’re not touching the mysterious-meat “chicken” nuggets from the grocery store, great! This recipe is a whole lot better. You’ll need whole chickpeas and chickpea flour, plus some eggs, olive oil, and apple cider vinegar. Can be fried in coconut oil or baked. Recipe by Thank Your Body

80. Quick Hummus and Vegetable Stuffed Pitas

Got a jar of hummus and don’t know what to do with it? Get a slice of pita, slather on some hummus, and top with your veggies of choice. Popular favorites include lettuce, avocados, carrots, and cherry tomatoes. Recipe by Whole Foods Market

81. Garlic Parmesan Roasted Chickpeas

Roasted chickpeas are a classic, a versatile classic that you can easily dress up or down whichever way you like. For this recipe, you can dress up a can of chickpeas with some garlic and parmesan to make the perfect savory alternative for a bag of chips. Recipe by Sugar-Free Mom

82. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Hummus

This recipe has been called by many names, but it’s called hummus because it’s made from garbanzo beans, and it’s called cookie dough because it tastes exactly just like that. You’ll need chickpeas, cashews, a bit of rolled oats, and some vanilla and maple syrup to taste. Recipe by Don’t Waste the Crumbs

83. Flourless Chocolate Chickpea Blondies

These gluten-free, vegan blondies are up to the brim with protein, thanks to the powerful (and yummy) combination of chickpeas and peanut butter. They come out of the oven soft, chewy, and totally delectable, but you can add an egg if you want a more cake-like consistency. Recipe by Ambitious Kitchen

84. Dark Chocolate Chickpea Brownies

There’s no way we’re gonna talk about chickpea blondies without adding a separate entry for chickpea brownies! This recipe shows you how to bake gooey, chocolatey, fudgy brownies using nothing but healthy ingredients and a blender – no bowl required. Recipe by The Roasted Root

85. Chocolate Covered Chickpea Protein Balls

You gotta love these balls! They’re nutritious, delicious, and packed with 4 grams of protein apiece, which means you can pop a couple of them for a snack. These blender balls, as we like to call them, are made with chickpeas, applesauce, protein powder, and spices. Recipe by: Emilie Eats

86. Cookie Dough Pops

Just when you thought you couldn’t get more creative with chickpeas, these cookie dough pops come along. Simply blend chickpeas, peanut butter, some coconut milk, and flax seeds in a blender, pour into ice pop molds, freeze, and enjoy. Recipe by Including Cake


Quinoa isn’t just a high-protein food. It’s a potent superfood that brings a hefty dose of health benefits, including anti-inflammatory and high-fiber properties. It also contains a lot of trace minerals, such as zinc and magnesium, and ranks low on the glycemic index, making it a good choice for people watching their blood sugar levels.

87. Alyssa’s Quinoa Coconut Macaroons

When you’re craving for something tropical, make a batch of these. The extra protein you get from the egg whites and the healthy fats from the shredded coconut give macaroons a whole new meaning. Recipe by Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free

88. Quinoa Chicken Nuggets

Chicken breasts on their own are chock-full of protein, but dredged in quinoa, they become a powerful snack-time treat. Pop into the oven for 20 minutes and you get wonderful, crispy bites you can bring along in a clear zipper bag. Recipe by Crème de la Crumb  

89. Coconut Quinoa

When it’s cold outside and you’re looking for something warm, heat up a bowl of quinoa and some creamy coconut milk. You can top with fruits, nuts, or cocoa nibs, or you can eat it just as it is. Recipe by Bon Appetit  

90. Quinoa Pudding

This is basically the good, ol’ rice pudding from your earlier years, with a healthy twist. Instead of rice, use quinoa as a base and cook it in milk (Whole milk, almond milk, or coconut milk all work perfectly!). You can also replace the sugar with a healthier alternative. Recipe by Honest Fare

91. Spinach and Feta Quinoa

These bite-sized savory cups bring to you the protein sourced from eggs, cheese, and a heaping of cooked quinoa. Throw in some spinach and onions in there as well to make sure you’re getting enough of your greens. Recipe by Aggie’s Kitchen

92. Best Ever Quinoa Brownies

There are black bean brownies and chickpea brownies. And then there are quinoa brownies. Who knew the ultimate chocolatey dessert could be so flexible? Recipe for the Best Ever Quinoa Brownies by Making Thyme for Health

93. Quinoa Peanut Butter Snack Balls

Here are some more balls for you to keep you happy. These bite-sized quinoa balls clump together really well because of the peanut butter, maple syrup, and blackstrap molasses. They’re low-calorie too, so you can enjoy more than a few of them. Recipe by Happy Healthy Mama

94. Cinnamon Quinoa Bake

These perfect-for-fall cinnamon quinoa squares are as versatile as they come. You can sprinkle with nuts or dried fruits or slather on some nut butter or fruit jam. Fresh fruit toppings are also a great way to customize them to your liking. Recipe by Meaningful Eats

95. Quinoa Protein Bars

Combining quinoa with raw almonds and peanut butter make for a protein-filled snack that gives you 14 grams per bar. For additional hold and sweetness, mix in some whole pitted dates and some optional chocolate chips. Recipe by Skinny Ms.

96. Quinoa Egg Power Bites

Whip up something savory by mixing together eggs and quinoa with cheese, cucumbers, a dash of cayenne, cumin, and basil. Pour in a couple of cups of chicken broth, put in the oven, and wait before your protein-filled treats come out perfect. Recipe by Kathryn Budig

97. Quinoa, Chocolate Chip, Banana Cookies

This cross between a chocolate chip cookie and banana bread blends cooked quinoa, mashed bananas, and a smattering of cinnamon for added fragrance. The cookies store well in an airtight container for several days. Recipe by Food, Pleasure, and Health


Cheese is a great source of protein for people who have gone vegetarian. Depending on the type of cheese you’re eating, you can get anywhere between 5 to 8 grams of protein in a single wedge.

98. Spinach Balls

Balls, balls, and more balls! if you’re sick of sweet balls, throw in together some cheddar cheese, cooked spinach, eggs, panko breadcrumbs, and your herbs of choice. Grab one of these golf ball-sized treats to stave off hunger in the afternoon. Recipe by Sweet as Honey

99. Parmesan Roasted Tomatoes

What could be simpler than these oven-baked tomatoes topped with protein-loaded parmesan cheese? Slice your tomatoes in half, coat each piece with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and top with grated cheese before popping into the oven. Recipe by Rasa Malaysia

100. Baked Parmesan Crisps

It’s time to officially ditch the potato chips, even the ones pretending to be healthy. These baked parmesan crisps seasoned with garlic powder and paprika are all you really need in life. Simply place flat little mounds in the oven and bake for five minutes. Recipe by Cooking with Mamma C

101. Fresh Figs with Goat Cheese and Honey

Here’s a fancy treat for people with worldly tastes. Fresh figs stuffed with a teaspoon of cottage cheese and topped with honey and lavender. Come autumn, head to the farmer’s market and gather all the figs your heart desires. Recipe by Flavour and Savour

102. Warm Goat Cheese Fritters

Crispy on the inside, pure, delicious, cheesy gooeyness on the inside. The mellowed flavor of the warm goat cheese goes well with a light honey drizzle before serving. Recipe by Lemony Thyme

103. No-Carb Cheese Crackers

Nothing’s easier than making a batch of these protein-filled crackers. Simply get a slab of cheddar cheese, cut it into thin slices, and lay them on a baking sheet. Pop them in the oven and wait for them to come out crispy and lovely. Recipe by Finding Time to Fly

104. Baked Mozzarella Bites

Three bites of these gorgeously gooey mozzarella bites yield 7 grams of protein and less than a hundred calories. What’s more to want about this easy-to-make snack to beat the afternoon slump? Recipe by Eat Yourself Skinny

105. Marinated Goat Cheese with Fresh Herbs

You’re never going to look at cheese in the same way again after you get a taste of marinated goat cheese and fresh herbs. The best part about it all is you can choose whatever herb you like. Recipe by Just a Taste

106. Alpine Lace Swiss Cheese and Prosciutto Wrapped Apples

A single slice of Swiss cheese packs on 8 grams of muscle-building protein. Add to that a little bit of prosciutto and an apple slice to make for a salty-sweet snack that you can nosh on to stave off hunger until dinner. Recipe by Home Stories A to Z

107. Blackberry Bacon Grilled Cheese

Take your ordinary grilled cheese sandwich to the next level by adding some bacon, jalapenos, and blackberry jam. Just one of these sandwiches gives you more than 30 grams of protein from the Swiss cheese and bacon. Recipe by Lemon Tree Dwelling

Beans and Pulses

Beans are cheap, easy-to-prepare, and rich in protein, fiber, and antioxidants. They’re a great option for people living on a plant-based diet or simply for adding variety to your regular meal plan. Beans have varying amounts of protein, with varieties such as lupini beans containing as much as 35 grams per cup. More common varieties such as lentils, soybeans, and black beans contain around 15 to 18 grams.  

108. Skinny Burrito in a Jar

Fast, healthy, and protein-packed is what this burrito recipe is. You can eat it straight from a jar, or you can spread it on a tortilla wrap for on-the-go snacking. Simply layer a cup of salsa, black beans, cheddar cheese, and Greek yogurt for a snack that’s 16 whopping grams of protein. Recipe by Skinny Ms.

109. Crunchy Garlic Lentil Snack

When you’re craving for something salty, you don’t have to reach for a bag of junk. Instead, get some boiled lentils, sprinkle them with garlic, pepper flakes, and spices of your choice, and pop them into the oven for a little more than 10 minutes. Recipe by Food Fitness Fresh Air

110. Double Chocolate Lentil Muffins

We’ve seen chickpea sweets and black bean brownies, so here’s a recipe for chocolate lentil muffins. See a trend now? Beans and pulses are so versatile you could use them for both sweet snacks and savory treats. Recipe by The Pretty Bee

111. Crispy Lentil Energy Bites

This recipe calls for a variety of protein-rich ingredients, including green lentils, pumpkin seeds, oats, and peanut butter. Throw in some shredded coconut, coconut sugar, and a sprinkling of chocolate chips, roll everything into a nice little balls, and put in the freezer for a few hours before munching them down. Recipe by The Honour System

112. Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Lentil Blondies

Use a bunch of red lentils for this recipe, as the green ones tend to taste, um, more like lentil. Throw them in a blender with some peanut butter (Use the crunchy kind if you like.), maple syrup, vanilla extract, and a smidgen of sea salt to bring out all the flavors. Recipe by Ambitious Kitchen  

113. Vegan Homemade Crackers Made from Lentils

For this recipe, you’ll be using a combination of almond and buckwheat flours instead of regular white flour. Mix with pureed lentils, flax seeds, a bit of honey, and some coconut oil, and then form into thin crackers for baking. Recipe by Whole New Mom

114. Black Bean Brownies

These are the black bean brownies that started it all. They are practically a classic in the world of healthy desserts. You’ll need black beans (obviously!), oats, maple syrup, and cocoa powder. Recipe by Chocolate Covered Katie  

115. Black Bean Hummus

Add a Mexican twist to plain, ol’ hummus by using black beans instead of chickpeas. Use with baked tortilla chips (included with recipe), raw vegetable sticks, or lick it with your fingers. Recipe by Chef in Training  

Nuts and Seeds

Nuts and seeds are the perfect protein-packed snacks if you’re on the go, have too much to do to get busy in the kitchen, or simply are a lazy kitchen person. Just grab a handful and chow them down. But if you’re looking for some variety, check these easy recipes out.  

116. High-Protein Sweet and Salty Trail Mix

You don’t have to go out on a hiking trip to eat some trail mix. This particular recipe is extremely rich in protein from all the almonds, cashews, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and peanuts. The last one there isn’t really a nut, nor is it a seed, but it’s jam-packed with protein nonetheless. Recipe by Don’t Waste the Crumbs

117. Trail Mix Protein Cookies

Here’s one more reason to make a big batch of the Sweet and Salty Trail Mix mentioned above. Cookies! They’re soft, chewy, and filled with protein, and they’re cookies. What better reason to make them than that? Recipe by Spoil My Family  

118. Autumn Spiced Nuts

The key to making this perfect autumn treat is garam masala, a blend of hot Indian spices that you can buy at most Asian grocery stores. Mix up some egg whites and honey, stir in nuts of your choice, sprinkle a few more spices, and bake for a few minutes. Recipe by Culinary Ginger

119. Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Almonds

Can’t let go of your chocolate? Melt a bittersweet bar and dip some almonds into them. Once covered, sprinkle the almonds with some salt and sugar for some flavor. You can also toast the nuts before dipping them in the chocolate. The chocolate-covered almonds can last stored up to a month. Recipe by Sally’s Baking Addiction

120. Garlic Herb Roasted Nuts

The secret to making the perfect roasted flavored nuts every time is egg whites. Mix your nuts with egg whites before pouring in your spices to make them cling to the nuts. You can use whatever spices you have at home, but this recipe calls for sage, rosemary, paprika, and garlic powder. Recipe by Little Bits Of

121. Pistachio Dark Chocolate

Indulge yourself in this decadent, chocolatey treat that’s rich in healthy fats and protein. Simply mix some coconut oil, cocoa powder, and maple syrup on a baking tray, and sprinkle a generous helping of pistachios on top. Let the chocolate bark solidify inside the freezer before serving. Recipe by Rosanna Davison Nutrition

122. Sunflower Seed Brittle

This blend of sunflower and sesame seeds makes for a protein-loaded snack that is sweetened with dried fruits and some brown rice syrup. Dust with a little bit of cinnamon and salt and flatten into a single layer before putting in the oven. Recipe by Sprouted Kitchen

123. Honey Roasted Cinnamon Sunflower Seeds

Coat the sunflower seeds in honey, cinnamon, coconut oil, and a teeny bit of salt and put them in the oven. You can eat them on their own or add them in yogurt, trail mix, or, as this recipe suggests, a peach cobbler made from frozen peaches and coconut milk. Recipe by Super Healthy Kids

124. The Best Low-Carb Macadamia Nut Butter Cookies Ever

These macadamia nut butter cookies aren’t cheap to make, but they’re a great way to stay on track of your protein goals when you’re salivating after something indulgent. They’re easy to make too. You only need five ingredients, mix them all together, and form into cookies before placing them in the oven. Recipe by My Keto Kitchen

125. Curry Roasted Pistachios

Who would have thought pistachios taste great curried? Well, they taste awesome! Mix together some honey, rice vinegar, curry powder, and coriander, coat the pistachios with the mixture, and roast for 40 minutes. Recipe by Simply Savory by Kate

126. Toasted Almond and Date Larabars

Larabars are great, but this homemade version is even better. You only need to blend toasted almonds and dates in a food processor, press them into half-inch thick bars, and you have your very own larabars right there. Recipe by Bam’s Kitchen

127. Cranberry Pumpkin Seed Dark Chocolate Bark

Melt a hunk of dark chocolate (at least 70%), and add a little bit of espresso, pumpkin pie spice, and salt to bring out a harmonious blend of flavors. And then sprinkle with pumpkin seeds and dried cranberries on top. Recipe by A Clean Bake


For vegetarians, tofu can be a lifesaver. Not only does it have a whole lot of protein, it is the only plant-based protein source that provides all nine essential amino acids, which your body can’t make on its own. It is also very versatile and does pretty well in sweet and savory dishes.

128. Healthy Chocolate Tofu Pudding

Just when you thought chocolate pudding can’t be unhealthier, think again. This recipe calls for a block of silken tofu, cocoa powder, and a little bit of milk, vanilla, and sweetener. Process everything in a blender and top with raspberries if desired. Recipe by Espresso and Cream

129. Baked Tofu Fries

If you want French fries without the extra carbs, tofu is here for you. The only thing you need to do is to slice up a block into strips that look like fries, sprinkle with some salt and spices, and bake in the oven until they’re firm and crisp. You won’t even remember they were made from tofu in the first place. Recipe by Food, Pleasure and Health

130. Tofu Ricotta

Vegans will love this plant-based recipe for making ricotta “cheese” using tofu. You only need a block of firm tofu (drained and pressed), basil, lemon juice, and the all-important ingredient that will transform the recipe, nutritional yeast. Recipe by Create Mindfully

131. Chocolate Peppermint Tofu Ice Cream

Who in the world makes tofu ice cream? Apparently, you can as long as you have an ice cream maker. Simply blend all of the ingredients in a food processor, freeze, and place in an ice cream maker until it reaches the desired consistency. Recipe by Tasty Kitchen

132. Homemade Tofu Yogurt

A single cup of this vegan yogurt contains 10 grams of protein. For the ingredients, you’ll need a block of silken tofu, plant-based milk, lemon juice, a banana, and a little bit of maple syrup if you want it sweet. Recipe by Happy Herbivore

133. Cinnamon French Tofu Sticks with Chocolate Syrup

Remember the sweet-smelling French toast sticks of your childhood with warm, sticky chocolate syrup drizzled over them? Well, this snack is exactly just like that, only it’s healthier for you by using tofu sticks and coconut oil and cacao powder for the syrup. Recipe by VegAnnie

134. Chocolate Greek Yogurt Pie

Here’s another one from the mammoths of the healthy dessert blogosphere. Chocolate Covered Katie’s chocolate Greek yogurt pie will make you believe you’re eating a fat-laden calorie bomb. You’re not! Recipe by Chocolate Covered Katie

135. Healthy Mocha Mousse

Coffee, chocolate… and tofu? Damn right, that’s tofu! Blend everything together with a little bit of coconut milk, a little bit of vanilla, a little bit of sugar, and some sea salt. Garnish with some fresh fruits, nuts, or an indulgent whorl of whipped cream on top. Recipe by Desserts with Benefits

136. Lime and Vanilla Vegan Cheesecake

Want something sweet with a bit of tang in it? This vegan cheesecake has a crust made of dates, almonds, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds, and a tofu-based filling that doesn’t taste like tofu at all. And the best part about it is it’s no-bake. Recipe by Quite Good Food

137. Silken Tofu and Vanilla Shake

If you don’t want to eat your tofu, why not drink it instead? This silken tofu and vanilla shake tastes like a true-blue old-school milkshake, without the extra calories and with much more protein. You’ll need some silken tofu, almond milk, oats for texture, chia seeds for thickness, and a banana for some natural sweetness. Recipe by Simple et Chic

Turkey and Other Poultry  

Turkey is perhaps the leanest animal protein you can get on the market. It has very low fat content and has up to 30 grams of protein per serving. Fresh off the butcher’s table is best, but if you’re in a hurry and would rather get some deli turkey slices, look for the low-sodium variety.

138. Turkey Power Snack

Combine ground turkey with chopped peppers and onions and add a little bit of fresh mint, curry, cumin, and ginger for an interesting exotic twist. Form the mixture into little turkey balls and bake. This makes the perfect healthy treat you can put in a bag and carry with you on the go. Recipe by Real Healthy Recipes

139. Greek “No Bread” Turkey Rollups

Going low-carb? Instead of rolling your ingredients up inside a slice of bread, use one or two turkey slices. You can use practically whatever you have at the moment, but this recipe calls for hummus, feta cheese, spinach, tomatoes, and Greek olives. Recipe by Organize Yourself Skinny

140. Turkey Cranberry Pinwheels

These colorful red and green pinwheels make the perfect snack for the holidays, but they’re still really good whatever the time of the year is. The combination of turkey meat and cranberry make for an interesting mix of sweet and salty. Recipe by The Wholesome Dish

141. Cucumber Rollups with Greek Yogurt

The combination of turkey, Greek yogurt, cucumber, and curry make these rollups a cool and tasty protein-packed snack you can pop whenever you like. You’ll need to slice the cucumber into thin, long layers, slather on some curried yogurt, and finally place the turkey meat before rolling everything up and putting it together with a toothpick. Recipe by She Knows

142. Paleo Turkey Pickle Rollups

Get a couple slices of turkey breast, squeeze out a dollop of Dijon mustard in the middle, place a dill pickle, and roll. If you’re feeling fancy, place the entire thing inside a lettuce leaf, roll, and keep everything together with a toothpick. Recipe by Clean Eating Veggie Girl

143. Healthy Turkey and Cucumber Lettuce Wrap

If you’re not a pickle fan, use cucumber instead. On a crunchy, fresh lettuce leaf, place a slice of turkey, a few cucumber sticks, hummus for a creamy texture, and a little bit of paprika. You can experiment with the fillings as well. Some cheese, lamb, tuna, or shrimps will definitely work. Recipe by Just a Pinch  

144. Baked Popcorn Chicken

What’s the secret to making baked popcorn chicken taste like they’re deep-fried balls of sin? Dredge them in potato chips. We recommend Kettle Brand Baked Potato Chips since they’re made with nothing but real potatoes, oil, and salt. Recipe by Damn Delicious

145. Low-Carb Turkey Meatballs with Romano Cheese

Sprinkle a mixture of herbs, grated Romano cheese, and hemp hearts on a bowl of ground turkey. Add some eggs and Worcestershire sauce, roll into tight little balls with your palms and fry or bake. Recipe by Kalyn’s Kitchen

146. Turkey Jerky

If you thought homemade jerky was hard to make, you’re in for a surprise. This turkey jerky takes only five minutes to prepare. Simply slice up some turkey breast, season with salt and pepper, and hang on the top oven rack via kabob skewers. The meat will need to spend up to 10 hours in the oven, but thankfully, you won’t have to do anything else. Recipe by David Maren

147. Hoisin Duck Egg Rolls

Add some variety to your poultry by using duck instead of turkey or chicken. A single cup of cooked duck yields 27 grams of protein, so you’re not missing out. These egg rolls require spring onions, a dash of ginger, and shredded duck meat all packed into nice little wonton wrappers before frying. Recipe by RecipesPlus


Wild-caught salmon is probably one of the healthiest foods on Earth. If you haven’t gone vegetarian, we suggest adding salmon to your regular rotation of meals. It’s extremely rich in heart-healthy essential fatty acids as well as protein. Plus, cooked salmon is very tasty and goes very well with a lot of other dishes. Just keep in mind to go for salmon caught in the wild, as it’s much better not to eat any salmon than to eat farmed ones.

148. Chic Salmon and Cucumber Sandwiches

These pretty little green sandwich triangles are the perfect snack during a posh high tea, or any occasion for that matter. The recipe requires white bread, but we see no reason you can’t substitute with healthier whole-grain alternatives. Recipe by Belly Rumbles

149. Salmon Cakes

Here’s a simple, savory salmon snack you can make with a can of salmon, some eggs, onions, and almond flour crackers. Crumble the crackers and mix everything up, fry into crispy little salmon cakes or bake in the oven. Recipe by Dr. Axe  

150. Easy-to-Make Salmon Mousse

Looking for something light, creamy, and good for you? Try this easy salmon mousse you can make in a few minutes. Simply pop some fresh salmon in the microwave and mash with a fork and finish off with a dollop of mayonnaise, cream cheese, or yogurt for an indulgent bite. Serve with toast or cucumber or on its own. Recipe by Culinary Ambition.

151. The Best Salmon Tacos You’ll Ever Have

For Mexican with a fishy twist, rub some chipotle chili powder, cumin, and paprika on salmon, bake, and flake. Place the salmon on corn tortillas, followed by salsa, and topped with feta cheese. Recipe by Cup of Jo

152. Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Bites

These are so simple yet so pretty, you can easily fool everyone into thinking they were hard to make. Simply place smoked salmon slices on your favorite crackers and top with a mixture of cream cheese, sour cream, and the juice of capers. Garnish with dill to make them look extra special. Recipe by Dixie Chik Cooks

153. Salmon Meatballs with Creamy Avocado Sauce

The combination of salmon, avocado, and Greek yogurt makes for little fat and protein bombs that will surely fill you up. You’ll need a food processor, an oven, some chipotle powder, and other ingredients you already have lying inside your house. Recipe by Cookin’ Canuck

154. Salmon Cheese Ball

There’s a whole lot of character in this ball of cheese and salmon fired up with capers, Worcestershire sauce, dill, horseradish, and lemon juice. You only need to mix everything, put in the freezer for a couple of hours, and roll on a bed of slivered almonds. Serve with crackers or fresh veggies. Recipe by Sweet and Savory by Shinee

155. Salmon Candy

For a tasty, nutritious bite you can pack and bring with you anywhere, make a batch of salmon candy. It’s not quite real salmon jerky but it’s just as good. Best made over the weekend since it takes several hours to smoke over the grill. Recipe by Barbecue Bible

156. Spicy Sweet Wild Alaskan Salmon Jerky

If you prefer true-blue salmon jerky made from wild Alaskan salmon, much of the preparation is the same as making salmon candy, but you’ll need to let the fish sit in a marinade of soy sauce, lemon juice, molasses, smoked paprika, and pepper before cooking in the oven for three hours. Recipe by Organic Authority

157. Smoked Salmon Cucumber Bites

This is a light, refreshing snack that combines the coolness of cucumbers, tartness of Greek yogurt, and the smoky flavor of salmon. Simply slice the cucumber into thin circles, spread on the Greek yogurt, and place the salmon on top. Top with herbs if desired. Recipe by Wholesome Yum  

158. Smoked Salmon Spread with Greek Yogurt and Cucumbers

For something you can easily store in a jar, use as a dip, or spread on top of whole-grain bread, use the same ingredients above. But instead of layering each ingredient over the other, place everything in a blender, add some cream cheese, and pulse. Recipe by Little Broken  

Beef & Bacon

Who says you can’t eat meat for snack? As far as recent food trends go, beef and bacon are turning out to be two of the hottest on-the-go snacks around. It’s not surprising, really, since beef and bacon are high up there in the list of high-protein foods. But instead of going for store-bought, why not make your own meaty snacks?

159. Homemade Beef Jerky

Sure, it’ll take some time, but it’s not that complicated. You only need to soak thin pieces of beef in a homemade marinade overnight and then let them dry for several hours inside an oven, no dehydrator required. Recipe by The Healthy Foodie

160. Bacon-Wrapped Veggie Bundles

Get a bunch of asparagus, cut up some carrots and parsnips into thin sticks, and tie a strip of bacon around each bundle. Whisk up a spicy-sweet glaze with some maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, and some spices, pour over the bundles and place on the grill. Recipe by A Spicy Perspective

161. Bacon-Wrapped Avocado Fries

Get one large avocado and cut into thin slices. Wrap each slice with a strip of precooked bacon and bake up to 10 minutes or until crisp. If you’re okay with your bacon not turning crisp, you can use raw bacon as well. Recipe by Kirbie Cravings

162. Bacon-Wrapped Cherry Tomatoes

Bacon’s a pretty adaptable thing. You can use it to wrap bundles, sticks, and yes, even balls. If you’re not a fan of carrots, parsnips, asparagus, or avocado, you might like these roasted tomatoes with a long strip of bacon-y goodness wrapped around them. Recipe by Rasa Malaysia  

163. Bacon-Wrapped Cinnamon Apples

We have bacon-wrapped vegetables, bacon-wrapped avocadoes, and bacon-wrapped tomatoes. You probably see a pattern now. Bacon is so versatile it even goes well wrapped around sweet, sweet apples with cinnamon. If you have kids, they’ll love this! Recipe by Autoimmune Paleo

164. Chocolate-Dipped Bacon

Tired of wrapping everything in bacon? (We don’t think so.) How about you dip them in chocolate and sprinkle nuts over them? That’s right. This glorious bacon-chocolate combo is the ultimate of all protein snacks. They store well for up to three days. Recipe by BHG  

165. Bacon Egg Cups

This recipe is labeled for breakfast, but we’re really digging this little breakfast cups for afternoon noshing. You only need eggs, cheese, and bacon placed in a muffin tin and baked until eggs are firm and set. Recipe by Fat Girl Trapped in a Skinny Body  

166. Best Ever Baked Meatballs

Get juicy, flavor-filled meatballs in less than an hour by popping them into the oven instead of dunking them in frying oil. These one-inch balls are made from lean ground beef, parmesan cheese, parsley, egg, and bread crumbs. Recipe by Yummy Healthy Easy

167. Dried Beef Cheese Ball

This Super Bowl snack is bursting with cheese on the inside that you’ll want to have it even during off-season. Simply roll cream cheese and spices into a ball and cover with dried beef slices. Recipe by The Taylor House

168. Homemade Beef Empanadas

Empanadas are a great snack for a quick grab-and-go. You can prepare them now, freeze them, and reheat later when your stomach starts grumbling at 3 p.m. This recipe calls for ground beef, boiled eggs, tomatoes, garlic, onion, and spices. Recipe by Eat. Live. Run.

169. Mini Burritos

These mini burritos may be tiny but they’re really big on protein. The combination of beef, cheese, and beans makes them a protein powerhouse that is easy to make and perfectly portable. Recipe by The Girl Who Ate Everything


Ham isn’t exactly high on the list of health foods, but it does yield up to 29 grams of protein per cup. That said, because ham has really high sodium content, it’s not recommended that you munch on ham snacks every day. Still, throwing in some ham every few weeks or so into your regular rotation of snacks won’t harm you in any way, as long as you eat clean and healthy majority of the time.

170. Ham and Pineapple Skewers

Go Hawaiian with these sweet-salty tropical kabobs made of ham cubes and pineapple chunks. Drizzle everything with a concoction of honey, coconut aminos, and pineapple juice, stick into skewers and lay on the grill for a few minutes. Recipe by Paleo Leap

171. Ham and Cheese Apple Wraps

Cut up some apples, place a slice of cheddar cheese on each piece, and wrap everything tight with a strip of ham. Serve with a yogurt dip to boost up the protein level and get some gut-friendly probiotics in. Recipe by Some The Wiser  

172. Ham Quiche Cups

The secret to these low-calorie quiche cups lies in the perfectly extraordinary crust made of ham. Whip up some eggs, cheese, milk, and spices, pour them over muffin cups lined with ham slices, and bake. These little cups freeze well, so you can pop them in the freezer and take one out to reheat when you’re hungry. Recipe by Dinner Mom

173. No-Crust Pizza Bites

Pizza without the over-the-top carbs? Possible, if you go low-carb by substituting wheat flour with ham slices instead. Place your pizza sauce, mozzarella, and desired toppings on top of the ham, bake for about half an hour, and enjoy! Recipe by Ella Claire Inspired

174. Ham, Swiss, and Spinach Rollups

Got hummus? Spread some over a slice of ham, layer with Swiss cheese and spinach leaves, and roll to your heart’s delight. A single serving of these breadless ham rollups yields 9 grams of protein at less than 100 calories. Recipe by Organize Yourself Skinny

175. Mini Ham and Quinoa Bites

Eggs, ham, cheese, and quinoa. All these high-protein foods are coming together to make these cheesy, savory quinoa bite. Each little cup contains 3 grams of protein at less than 50 calories each. Recipe by Iowa Girl Eats  

176. Easy Cucumber Cups

Ham and hard-boiled eggs processed to a spread-like consistency and mixed with Greek yogurt gets you a good amount of protein to keep you full until dinner. Spoon the mixture into cucumber cups and keep cool until ready to eat. Recipe by Everyday Diabetic Recipes  

177. Skinny Ham Salad

Here’s something simple you can do with leftover ham. Throw it in the blender along with some onions, Greek yogurt, mustard, and chutney and process until smooth. Serve with vegetables or crackers are lick it off a spoon. Recipe by Simple Nourished Living

178. Easy Ham and Dill Pickle Appetizer Bites

Can’t be bothered with taking out the blender? Slather some cream cheese on ham slices and put a dill pickle at one edge. Roll it up and pop into your mouth or put everything in place with a toothpick if you’re planning to eat it later. Recipe by Kalyn’s Kitchen

Shrimp and Crabs

Proteins abound in the animal world, even under the sea. Adding a few snacks made of these tasty crustaceans into your list will definitely keep things interesting. Just be very careful that you’re eating real shrimp and crab meat, not the imitation meats that are actually made of beef and pork. Not that they’re not protein-rich themselves, but if you’re not a red meat eater, better keep an eye out for these things.

179. Paleo Crab Cakes

These crab cakes are a great way to sneak in some vegetables into an otherwise unassuming, unhealthy-looking snack. The secret ingredient in these light, juicy patties is cauliflower. Simply mix some crumbled florets with the crab meat, add coconut flour, egg, and spices, and form into patties then bake. Recipe by Healing Gourmet

180. Crab and Avocado Summer Rolls

Here’s an Asian-inspired summer snack you can eat anytime of the year. Get some crab meat, throw in some avocado, carrots, and cucumbers for good measure, and wrap everything in rice paper. Recipe by Savory Tooth

181. Crab Salad Lettuce Cups

The best crab meats deliver maximum flavor with not a lot of seasoning. If you’re picky about your crabs, this crab inside a lettuce leaf will turn heads everywhere. Just a dash of Old Bay, Dijon mustard, champagne vinegar, and fresh basil will bring out the true flavors of crab. Recipe by Tasting Page

182. Baked Crab Popper Delights

When you’re lusting for a bag of chips, go for these… err… crabby balls instead. You’ll get the same satisfaction from eating junk food, but you won’t get the extra processed ingredients that come with it. Recipe by Just a Pinch  

183. Crab Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers

The combination of slightly hot jalapeno peppers blending with the mild, meaty taste of crabs makes for an intriguing medley of flavors inside your mouth. Add some Greek yogurt, whole-grain crackers, and eggs to pump up the nutrient profile. Recipe by Strong Like My Coffee  

184. Shrimp Stack

Here’s an elegant snack that doesn’t take forever to make. Put together yogurt, lime juice, a chopped avocado, and jalapeno sauce and spread it over crackers, and top with shrimps and herbs. Recipe by Health.com  

185. Fresh Shrimp Spring Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce

This easy-peasy Vietnamese spring rolls bring together crunchy lettuce, red cabbage, and raw carrots with the shrimps. Wrap everything nicely in transparent rice paper and dip in a hoisin-peanut sauce for a nice, salty-savory sauce. Recipe by Jessica Gavin  

186. Guacamole Shrimp Bites

Nope, these aren’t some fancy hors d’oeuvres. They’re simply shrimps laid on top of your favorite guacamole recipe and a cracker. For best results, go for whole-grain crackers and sprinkle with lime juice and paprika on top. Recipe by Katie’s Cucina

187. Greek Yogurt Shrimp and Avocado Salad

One serving of this light, fresh salad yields up to 17 grams of protein, which you get from the summery combination of juicy shrimps, crisp vegetables, garlic-infused Greek yogurt, and fresh cilantro to add an herbaceous note. Recipe by iFood Real

188. Heart-Healthy Shrimp Dip

Dip your finger foods in this cheesy, creamy shrimp dip made from cottage cheese, bell pepper, and a whole lot of shrimps. Simply blend the ingredients and a variety of spices in your food processor until it reaches the desired consistency. Recipe by Kalyn’s Kitchen

189. Chopped Shrimp Cocktail

Have a chic mid-afternoon snack with this party-friendly shrimp cocktail. Chop up some cooked shrimps, celery, and onions and pour a homemade cocktail sauce over them. Martini glasses not mandatory. Recipe by Cheery Kitchen

Organ Meats

You can crinkle your nose all you like, but organ meats are some of the healthiest sources of protein on the planet. Plus, they are loaded with vitamins and minerals that you normally won’t get from conventional meats. Take a look at the numbers. A cup of liver yields 26 grams of protein, a serving of heart has anywhere between 23 to 28 grams, kidneys have up to 27 grams, and brain has up to 12 grams.

190. Beef Liver Pâté

If you’re just starting out, we suggest you start small. This beef liver pâté recipe will prep your palate for organ meats. The key here is to soak the liver in kefir or buttermilk to reduce the bitterness of the liver and then cook it in garlic, onions, wine, mustard, and herbs. Blend in a food processor until it reaches a creamy consistency. Recipe by My Cultured Palate

191. Cranberry Chicken Liver Pâté

Add fresh cranberries to your liver pâté for a sweet, fruity twist. Chicken liver works best for this since it has a lighter, more universally appealing flavor that goes well with the cranberry jelly on top. When you’re buying livers, make sure you’re getting them from a good, grass-fed source. Recipe by The Primalist

192. Bacon Wrapped Chicken Livers

If you truly cannot stand liver, how about wrapping everything up in good, old, familiar bacon? Place chicken livers on top of a strip of cooked bacon, add a water chestnut, and wrap the bacon around both, securing with a skewer before putting it in the oven to bake. Recipe by Saveur  

193. Beef Heart Jerky

Does your heart yearn for beef heart jerky? It should. Beef heart is an abundant source of CoQ10, which helps maintain muscle mass – something for the bodybuilders to think about. The process of making beef heart jerky isn’t very complicated. In fact, it’s very similar to making conventional beef jerky. You can use an oven, but beef heart jerky is best made with a dehydrator. Recipe by Real Food M

194. Bacon and Heart Rolls

This is simple and easy to make, and once you’re done, you won’t even know it’s got beef heart in them. Simply sprinkle the seasonings over the sliced beef hearts, wrap them around with bacon, and broil for 10 minutes. Add a dollop of homemade mayonnaise if you wish. Recipe by The Nourished Caveman  

195. BBQ Chicken Livers and Hearts

These are probably the easiest barbecues-on-a-stick you’ll have to make, if you can get over the fact that they’re livers and hearts. Simply sprinkle the meats with salt and pepper, stick them on a skewer, and place them on the grill. Recipe by The Nourished Caveman  

196. Deep-fried Brains

No jokes about the Zombie-pocalypze, please. Fatty pork, calf, and lamb brains are good for you, and they are surprisingly tasty too. Boil a whole brain in spices, then roll each segment into tight little balls coated in egg and breadcrumbs. Deep-fry until crisp and golden and serve with an herb sauce made with garlic, capers, and anchovies. Recipe by Serious Eats

197. Brains and Eggs

You will relish this recipe of minced pork brains and scrambled egg cooked in butter. The dish actually tastes wonderfully pleasant, like fatty meat smeared with butter and just slightly undercooked egg. Recipe by Scrumptious Chef

198. Deep-fried Chicken Gizzards

Soak chicken gizzards in buttermilk overnight to make them tender. The next morning, drench them in your breading of choice with some paprika before putting them in the deep-fryer. Best eaten with sriracha sauce. Recipe by Just a Pinch

199. Crispy Sweetbreads

Don’t let the name of this dish fool you into thinking sweetbreads are high-carb, sugar-laden desserts. They’re not. They’re actually organ meats from the thymus gland and pancreas. Once you get used to the idea, this deep-fried crispy bits of meat actually taste delicious. Recipe by Yes to Yummy  

200. Deep-fried Tripe

Tripe comes from the muscle lining inside a cow’s stomach. The key to making tripe work for you is to tenderize it in a pressure cooker for an hour or boil for several hours. Once that’s done, you can dredge the tripe pieces in flour and spices and toss into the deep-fryer. Recipe by Cookpad

201. Head Cheese

Head cheese isn’t really cheese at all, but it does come from head – the whole head of a pig, to be exact. This recipe requires some elbow grease and a strong stomach for it, but once you’re done, you’ll have a flavorful, delicious piece of charcuterie that’s rich in protein, fats, and nutrients. Recipe by mrmexico25


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June 4, 2020