Your Protein Snack Ideas

in All Posts

Lookie!  A breakfast that doesn’t come a kiosk or a vending machine!


Traveling is officially done!  No more flights until post baby now.  Part to normal… and I’m so happy about it.


Part #1 of breakfast was this delicious smoothie:


Rice milk

Protein powder

Frozen blueberries

Frozen raspberries

Scoop of sunflower butter


And Part #2 was toast and hardboiled eggs. 


While I was away, the Husband figured out how to hard-boil eggs.  He’s a really good cook, but since I’m the primary cooker in the relationship, he always ask me how to do things (“How should I cook these sweet potatoes?” or “Should I boil this pasta on high or simmer it?”).  So I was pretty surprised that he actually figured out hard-boiling eggs all on his own while I was gone!  He said he read a blog post about it – now he’s a pro!  I’m gonna ask him to hard-boil all the eggs for the rest of our lives now.  Smile


Speaking of eggs…


A few days ago, I asked for protein snack suggestions, and boy – did you guys answer!  Here are some great protein snack ideas from The Protein Plane post.  You can check out the comments for even more ideas.


  • Alina said, “Spicy roasted chickpeas! They’re so good and SO easy.  What you need to do: Put a pan of about a T of olive oil in a hot (400F) oven for about 3 minutes. Rinse and pat dry chickpeas, then put a teaspoon each of coriander powder and ground cumin seed into a bowl with them and mix. Take the hot oil out, pour the chickpeas on the pan and bake for 13 or so minutes. Let cool and use a slotted spoon to move onto paper towels.”


  • Mary said, “On my last trip to the store I picked up roasted edamame. They are crunchy and have a slightly nutty flavor.”


  • Khushboo said, “Greek yogurt with protein powder stirred in is my face protein snack.”


  • Jaclyn said, “How ’bout a banana slices and peanut/nut butter roll up wrap, celery sticks stuffed with cream cheese and topped with pumpkin seeds, individual (or big bags, packed in to-go containers) trail mixes, almonds mixed with dried fruit, or make a batch of protein muffins (nut butters, pro powders, seeds or nuts, etc.).


  • Charise said, “I’m a fan on chickpeas or lentils mixed with some diced veggies, lemon, olive oil, and a little parmesan cheese for an easy veg plane snack/meal.”


  • Tammy said, “Chia seeds! You can sprinkle them on anything — yogurt, salad, put in protein shakes, etc.”


  • Leila said, “I like to mix cottage cheese and salsa together then eat it like a dip with celery. I’ve also been enjoying peanut butter on graham crackers or caramel rice cakes for a sweet protein treat.”





  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing March 8, 2012, 10:41 am

    Great ideas!! And I had NO idea Chia seeds had protein in them, I thought they were mainly just a healthy fat. Interesting!

    • Rick March 9, 2012, 6:50 am

      They don’t. Per tbsp, they contain 2g of protein/68 cal/6g of carbs/4.5g of fat. To even get to 10% of your daily protein intake (assuming 75g protein), you’d need to consume nearly 260 calories/24g carbs/18g fat.

      To put that into perspective, a processed cheese slice contains 4g protein/40cal/2g carbs/1.5g fat. I wouldn’t say a processed cheese slice is a good protein source; it HAS protein in it, but the point of a protein source is for it to be protein dense.

  • Corrie Anne March 8, 2012, 10:47 am

    Man, and I really need protein in my snacks!! I tend to eat dry cereal or something like that so these are some great ideas. People come up with some combos I never would!! 🙂 I love PB2, but I have a hard time finding it now that I’ve recently moved. PB2 is soo good with apples – just as much protein adn ways less calories and fat!

  • Stephanie @ Legally Blinde March 8, 2012, 11:00 am

    Your breakfast smoothie looks so pretty! Thanks for posting some of the protein suggestions – great ideas. I love chia seeds, but I had no idea they were a good source of protein – good to know!

  • Moni'sMeals March 8, 2012, 11:08 am

    Glad you are getting a break for no more airports/travel. 🙂

    great suggestions! I too like greek yogurt, or my homemade protein muffins or protein bars that are ready to go. Hard part is just having them all ready made. 🙂

  • Jazz March 8, 2012, 11:16 am

    You’re kidding about boiling eggs right? or is there some special technique I’m missing??

    • Caitlin March 8, 2012, 11:17 am

      No I’m serious! LOL It’s so hard to not get the green rings!

  • Lisa March 8, 2012, 11:20 am

    Beans are magic food in my book. Last year I added half a cup of black beans to my scrambled eggs in the morning for breakfast and it made a world of difference. There are some mornings where I will be full until lunchtime (unheard of for me when I eat carbs for breakfast).

  • Sarah March 8, 2012, 11:24 am

    EGGS!! I always forget how hard boiled eggs are such a great snack!!

    Thanks for this post. I know these are great protein snacks, but I always get stuck in a rut of routine!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat March 8, 2012, 11:50 am

    I’m a big edamame fan too! I have the roasted kind, but love just eating it plain too. These are all great ideas. I usually eat my cottage cheese with fruit mixed in, but the savoury salsa idea sounds tasty!

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats March 8, 2012, 12:04 pm

    These are some good ideas, I’m leaving on a trip tomorrow and might use some, especially since it’s hard to eat soy and gluten free in the airport!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) March 8, 2012, 12:07 pm

    I love keeping hard boiled eggs in the fridge for good protein snacks too! I miss cottage cheese though and yogurt. Two of my absolute favorites!

  • Kelly March 8, 2012, 12:08 pm

    I love hardboiled eggs….except I hate how the stink up the house when you make them!

  • Amanda @ AmandaRunsNY March 8, 2012, 12:15 pm

    I use greek yogurt as a base for dips all the time! add a little hot sauce and it’s buffalo wing dip, add salsa and some beans and it’s a mexican dip, add some ranch dressing mix and it’s a ranch dip. Plus I use greek yogurt as a substitute for sour cream in cooking or in mexican style recipes.

  • deva at deva by March 8, 2012, 12:23 pm

    I love Greek yogurt for the protein content. With all the running I have been doing I have been eating protein like it’s my job!

  • mary @ what's cookin with mary March 8, 2012, 1:10 pm

    Thanks for the link love ! ^-^

    Yesterday I made my at home version. It took a while to get them crunchy like the store bought (read:just over an hour), but it was nice to be able to add my own spices and seasonings. Next time I think I’d do two bags of edamame bc they shrink up so much when they dehydrate. I will be sharing my method soon!

  • Claire Zulkey March 8, 2012, 2:06 pm

    Yum, that toast looks so good: what kind of bread do you buy?

    • Caitlin March 8, 2012, 2:20 pm

      Udi’s gluten free

  • Sara March 8, 2012, 2:49 pm

    PB on graham crackers sprinkled with some chia seeds is one of my favorite snacks! 🙂

  • Amber K March 8, 2012, 2:49 pm

    Loving the suggestions! I don’t get as much protein as I’d like to since so many things don’t agree with me. Most grains, eggs, dairy, and soy don’t agree with me and I don’t eat meat. Sometimes I’ve got to play around to make sure I’m getting enough of the right nutrients.

  • Justine Duppong @ Life With Cheeseburgers March 8, 2012, 3:27 pm

    The big hit for me with my fam is my peanut butter oatmeal protein cookies:

    I don’t know anyone who’s tried them who hasn’t loved them!

  • Catherine March 8, 2012, 4:37 pm

    I missed that post! I’ll have to go check out the comments section. I’ve been eating tons of cottage cheese lately because it’s packed with protein AND calcium – 2 things the baby really needs right now! But for anyone (preg or not) who can get around the “lumpy” texture, it’s such a versatile and healthy snack. My favorite combo is cottage cheese mixed with honey, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and a chopped peach. So good!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin March 8, 2012, 6:40 pm

    Those are all great ideas! I’ve been really wanting to try making roasted chickpeas – I should do that soon!

  • Jen March 8, 2012, 9:03 pm

    Greek yogurt is already pretty high in protein – so I’m surprised at the suggestion to add protein powder to it…

  • Kayla @ The Best Things March 8, 2012, 9:48 pm

    Great protein quick fixes! I LOVE your smoothie jar!

  • Leila @ Spinach and Skittles March 8, 2012, 11:56 pm

    Those are perfectly hardboiled eggs! I hate it when I get the green ring around the edges. I’ve done lots of internet research on the subject and started boiling water with the eggs, then covering the pot and turning off the heat, and letting it rest for 12 minutes. They turn out perfect every time! Although, getting the shells off in less than 100 pieces is still a struggle…

Healthy Tipping Point