Whether you’re munching at your work desk, packing snacks to fuel your student-athletes or using snack time to educate and entertain your little ones, everyone needs a midday snack break! Looking for a quick pick-me-up that doesn’t send you crashing from a sugar high? Protein-rich foods can give you an energy boost while stabilizing blood sugar and making you feel fuller longer.
Feeling hungry? We “dairy” you to try these #DairyAmazing high-protein snacks.
- Baked Mozzarella Sticks – Easy to make and perfect for kiddos who love to “dip.” One serving (2 baked cheese sticks) provides 18 grams of high-quality protein!
- Peanut Butter Honey Yogurt Dip – This dip combines the protein powerhouse of plain Greek yogurt (at 12-17 grams of protein per cup) with 3 tablespoons of peanut butter in a creamy, nutritious and delicious dip for apples (or your favorite fruit), pretzels or crackers.
- Frozen Yogurt Bites – Like a little parfait nibble, these frozen snacks feature Greek yogurt, fruit and granola – a perfect protein bite for tiny hands.
- Breakfast Cheese and Fruit Kabobs – This breakfast-on-a-stick recipe is great for snack time, too! Need a more “adult” version that packs the same protein punch? These Antipasti Skewers will do the trick.
- Ham and Cream Cheese Roll Ups – Looking for something a little different? A hit at parties in the Midwest, this snack boasts 11 grams of protein per serving, thanks to the ham and whipped cream cheese.
- Cottage Cheese – Packing 13 grams of protein per 4-ounce serving, cottage cheese is a great low-carbohydrate, yet high-protein snack. Pair it with fruit such as peaches or pineapple, serve it with cucumbers and garden-fresh tomatoes or add a dollop to this Lasagna Soup.
- Smoothies – The possibilities (and flavor options) are endless. If protein is your goal, think about mixing your favorite fruits (and vegetables) with Greek yogurt and milk. And don’t forget other protein-boosters – such cottage cheese, whey protein or peanut butter, like in this PB&J Smoothie.
Need more inspiration? Find more high-protein recipes.