Healthy Protein Snacks That Pack a Punch

Protein is an important component when it comes to your health. Your body uses the protein you give it to build and repair tissue. Most of your hair and nails are made of protein. It’s also important when it comes to your muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood.  Unlike fat and carbs your body does not store the protein you intake. There is no protein storage to draw from once you start to run low; quick healthy protein snacks are a great pick me up to keep you going.  

 

Peanut Butter is Loaded with Protein! 

Ever think of throwing some peanut butter in your yogurt? Well you should give it a shot! A PB&J yogurt bowl is a quick snack that will give you the protein punch you need. Peanut butter is a well-known source of protein and super easy to pair with just about anything.  

Ingredients 

6 Ounces of fat free plain Chobani yogurt  

4 Teaspoons of reduced sugar grape jelly 

2 Tablespoons of red or green seedless grapes (cut them in half) 

1 Tablespoon reduced fat peanut butter 

1 Table spoon unsalted peanuts  

Directions: 

  1. Put your yogurt in a bowl 
  1. Top with your jelly, then with the peanut butter 
  1. Toss grapes and peanuts on top 
  1. Mix up and grab a spoon! 

 

 

Love Chicken Salad but not Mayo?  

Then this avocado chicken salad recipe is just for you! If yogurt isn’t the snack to fill you up, then perhaps this hearty chicken salad will do the trick. Whether you would like to spread this heavenly combo on grain bread or indulge in it individually; you’ll enjoy this healthy protein snack.  

Ingredients: 

4 Cups cooked chicken breast, shredded (about 16 ounces) 

3 Green onions (chopped)  

2 Tablespoons of lemon juice  

1 Avocado 

1 Clove garlic (minced)  

½ Cup of cottage cheese (low sodium)  

½ Cup cilantro (chopped) 

½ Teaspoon of salt  

¼ Teaspoon of black pepper  

¼ Cup plain Greek yogurt 

 Directions 

  1. Grab a bowl to put the avocado in. Mash up your avocado till it reaches a chunky consistency.  
  1. Now add your cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, lemon juice, salt, garlic, and pepper into a food processor (you can use a blender if you don’t have one). Blend it until it reaches a smooth a consistency. Add this into the avocado mixture.  
  1. Take your chicken, green onions, cilantro and stir it in with your mixture. Season as needed.  
  1. Enjoy! Make sure you keep your chicken salad refrigerated and tightly covered when not use.  

 

Want a more dessert type feel to your snack?  

Who doesn’t want healthy cookies!? Cookies are a delicious comfort food, even more so when you can scarf them down guilt free! If you want a healthy protein snack that can also pass as dessert; then try this flowerless peanut butter chocolate chip cookie recipe.  

Ingredients: 

½ Cup of brown sugar (packed)  

1 Cup peanut butter (of your choice) 

1 Cup dark chocolate chips  

1 Teaspoon of baking soda  

1 large egg  

Directions 

  1. First you need to preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit 
  1. Lay some parchment paper on your baking sheet (so the cookies won’t stick)  
  1. Grab your brown sugar, baking soda, and egg; stir these ingredients together and be sure to break up any lumps. Once mixture is smooth add in the peanut butter and mix until the consistency is smooth again.  
  1. Toss in the chocolate chips. Stir around so they are spread evenly throughout your mixture.  
  1. Scoop up with a tablespoon or a 11/2-inch baking scoop and place on to your baking sheet. Space the cookies 2 inches apart.  
  1. Flatten cookies lightly with a fork, and bake for 10 minutes (or until lightly puffed). Be careful not to over bake these cookies as they will be soft and become firmer once they cool.  
  1. When your cookies look golden brown and appear to be done take them out and let them cool for about 5 minutes. Then dig in! 

 

Whether you’re in the mood for something simple, more filling, or chocolatey try to make them healthier options. Your protein intake is important to your health so get creative. You don’t just have rely on the basics like milk or eggs. Try incorporating some of these recipes into your day.