The glorious egg is a food many people associate with protein… at the least the egg whites. A whole egg, with the whites and the yolk, has 6 grams of protein. Not bad for a little snack. But eggs are not the only protein rich food in town and I want to show you 5 portable snacks that have more protein than a hardboiled egg. Each one has 4 ingredients or less and takes less than 10 minutes to make! Enjoy snacking and let me know in the comments below which one you are going to try first!
1. Mozzarella Skewers
I usually don’t do cheese because I have a slight intolerance to dairy, but when I do, fresh mozzarella is one of my favorite cheeses. It’s lower in fat and adds a good dose of protein. For 4 small balls of cheese on 2 skewers with a few grapes or grape tomatoes packs in 8 grams of protein.
2. Celery Boat
The ultimate snack shuttle, the celery boat can be filled with a nut butter or a creamy cheese. 2-3 celery sticks with 2 TBL of peanut butter and a few whole almonds gives you 8.3 grams protein or 2 TBL of goat cheese with a few raw pumpkin seeds gives you 6.5 grams protein.
3. Chia Pudding
I’ve been a big fan of chia seeds for a long time and add these protein, omega-3 fat and fiber packed superfoods to a lot of my foods. This recipe can be a tasty snack, dessert or breakfast and calls for 1/2 cup or raw chia seeds, 2 cups coconut milk, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, 1/4 cup maple syrup and an optional 1/4 tsp of cinnamon on top. It makes about 1 full mason jar and delivers 12 grams protein.
4. No-Bake Protein Balls
With only 4 ingredients and no baking needed, this is one of the simplest and tastiest snacks that tastes like dessert! The nut butter acts as the binder and is the source of most of the protein, while the oats and cacao nibs give it its cookie-like quality while adding fiber and antioxidants. This recipe calls for 1 1/2 TBL nut butter, 3 TBL oats, 1/2 TBL honey, 1/2 TBL cacao nibs, rolled into 4 balls yields 8 grams protein (2 grams protein per ball).
5. Toasted Quinoa
I never toasted quinoa before I tried this recipe, but I love it! Quinoa is one of the most protein packed and gluten free superfoods that contains all 9 essential amino acids and can be added to many foods, like oatmeal, to up the protein. This toasted quinoa recipe makes a healthy granola-like snack that you can eat plain or put on top of your favorite foods like Greek Yogurt. 1/3 cup cooked quinoa mixed with 1/2 TBL ground flax, 1 TBL shredded coconut, and 1 TBL maple syrup, toasted at 425 degrees for 10 minutes delivers 9 grams protein. Try this on top of a 1/2 cup Greek Yogurt and you’ll up your protein intake to 27grams protein.
Now that you have some tasty new snacks… get shopping and get eating 😉
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You can also watch the Facebook Live I did with Liberté with all the featured snacks.