Getting adequate protein is key to a healthy diet and lean body, so it's a good idea to squeeze it into meals and snacks whenever possible. But that doesn't just mean wolfing down endless quantities of chicken breast and protein shakes. If you're looking for a bit of variety, try one of these homemade high-protein snacks instead. Perfect for when you're on-the-go, stuck in the office, or caught between meals:
Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars
These are the perfect substitute for the traditional high-sugar chocolate bars you buy in shops. They take a bit of preparation, but you can whip up a batch of them relatively quickly and have them to hand for the rest of the week.
- 2 cups oats (porridge or quick oats will do)
- 3 scoops chocolate whey protein powder
- ¼ cup honey
- ⅓ cup peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1-2 tablespoons chocolate chips
Pulse the oats in a food processor until they reach a floury consistency, then mix with the protein powder in a bowl. Melt and combine the honey and peanut butter in a small pan over a medium heat. Remove and stir in the vanilla extract, then pour the mixture over the oats and stir well. Press the mixture into a medium-sized loaf pan. Melt the chocolate chips in a microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between, until fully melted. Use a fork to drizzle the melted chocolate over the slab, then leave them to cool for 30 minutes in the refrigerator. Remove, slice into bars, and eat.
Any kind of thrown-together trail mix recipe will pack a serious punch in terms of nutritional value, and is one of the simplest protein snacks you can make. This is another batch recipe, so just prepare it once or twice a week and you should have enough to get by.
- 16 oz sunflower seeds
- 16 oz pumpkin seeds
- 8 oz almond slivers
- 6 oz dried pineapple, cut up
- 5 oz dried coconut flakes
Dump everything into a plastic container or ziplock bag. Mix. Enjoy.
Pro Tip: Want to bump up the protein and calorie load a little? Add some of the mix to a bowl of natural yogurt or milk.
Apple Slices with Cheese
This one's fairly self-explanatory. The cheese provides the protein, while the apples offer some vital crunch and sweetness. This is one of those snacks that needs to be eaten right after it's prepared, so the recipe makes just enough for one person.
- 1 medium to large apple (your preferred variety)
- 4 thick slices cheddar cheese
- Pinch of ground cinnamon, to taste
There's not much to it, really. Remove the apple core and slice into quarters. Pair each quarter with a slice of cheese, sprinkle a little cinnamon on top and enjoy!
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