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I still cannot believe that school is back in session. Snacks are a big part of our school routines. We pack snacks for school, snacks for pickup and sometimes second afternoon snacks. My struggle with high protein snacks is that most of them either need to be refrigerated or are super messy.
I am always looking for high protein snack options that B will enjoy and that are easy to travel with to school or an after-school playdate. I am sharing high protein snacks that your kids will enjoy. Protein helps you feel full faster. It signals appetite-suppressing hormones that slow down digestion and stabilizes blood sugar levels.
High Protein Snacks for Kids
1. Jack Link’s Bars
These new Jack Link’s Bars are made with 100% Beef. Each bar is only 70 calories with 8 grams of protein. And they are also gluten free. I love that you don’t have to refrigerate them so you can pack them in any bag.
2. Hard Boiled Eggs
Eggs are always a healthy choice. They are high in B vitamins and trace minerals. They are also versatile, you can eat them plan, make them into egg salad or even use them to make mini sandwiches.
3. Overnight Oats
Overnight oats are another favorite that works for a snack or breakfast. They are very portable and easy to make ahead of time. The chia seeds and oats are high in protein.
Tuna fish is extremely high in protein with 39 grams of protein. It is also high in B vitamins and selenium, as well as omega-3 fatty acids.
5. Trail Mix
You can make your own trail mix with nuts, dried fruit and chocolate. It is a good source of protein, but since dried fruit is high in sugar you should eat it in moderation.
6. Apples or Celery with Peanut Butter
Peanut Butter or other nut butters are a good source of protein. They pair well with celery and sliced apples.
7. Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt can have over 20 grams of protein per one-cup serving. Greek yogurt is more filling than regular yogurt.
8. No Bake Energy Balls
You can make your own no bake energy balls with nut butter, oats, protein powder, and seeds. Combine everything and then roll them into balls and refrigerate them.
9. Hummus and Vegetables
Hummus is a combination of mashed chickpeas and tahini or olive oil. The chickpeas make it high in protein. We love humus with carrots and peppers.
10. Chia Seed Pudding
Chia seed pudding has become a favorite snack in our house. Chia seeds pack a lot of protein with 4 grams of protein in each ounce of chia seeds. Chia seed pudding is also high in calcium and manganese.
11. Egg Muffins
Egg muffins are another food we like to make in bulk and eat up when needed. They are great especially if you have family members who all like different ingredients in their eggs.
12. Lunch Meat Roll Ups
Turkey, ham or salami roll-ups make a great snack or lunch. You can spice it up with cheese and veggies wrapped inside.
Nuts are also a quick and easy high protein snack. For example, eating a handful of almonds can provide you with six grams of protein. They are also high in vitamin E and riboflavin.
14. Cottage Cheese
Cottage cheese has over 14 grams of protein in a half-cup. It is also a good source of calcium, phosphorus, selenium, vitamin B12 and riboflavin.
15. Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds are high in protein and some other valuable nutrients like fiber, zinc, magnesium, and polyunsaturated fatty acids.
Where to Buy High Protein Snacks
I was recently introduced to Jack Link’s Bars. They come in multiple flavors including Original, Teriyaki and Peppered. They also come in 4.5oz multi-packs. We purchased them at Walmart. You can find them in the jerky aisle. Or you can order them thought Walmart Online Grocery service, which you know I love! Now is a great time to enjoy them with this iBotta offer that includes getting $.50 off your purchase. This offer will go live on 7/24/19 and run through 9/5/19.