Get your hit of your favourite muscle-building macro and add some excitement to your diet with high-protein snack recipes from SMG.
As lifters, protein makes up a big part of our diet. They’re the building blocks of muscle growth, we can’t get enough of this handy macro.
However, there’s only so much chicken you can eat and protein shakes you can drink without getting a little bored on a high-protein diet. When boredom hits, cravings can kick in and they can be enough to tempt you into a cheat day.
With these snacks, you can enjoy the occasional sweet treat, without compromising your diet.
To help you include more of that all-important muscle-building macro in your snacks, we’ve got a range of high-protein snack recipes that’ll inject a little more excitement and flavor into your daily menu.
Why you need high-protein snacks
Sometimes, when you’re on a high-protein diet, its easy to prep for every day, and be so focused on the macros, you forget to add something delicious to your menu. A well-balanced diet should be both nutritious and tasty, so you’re less likely to give up on it. We’re not saying go all out and buy chocolate bars and bags of chips, quite the opposite.
A delicious high-protein snack can add a little guilt-free indulgence to your diet and help you hit your macro intakes at the same time.
If you’re looking to gain muscle, they’re a super convenient way to up the amount of protein you eat on a daily basis. You can simply add them to part of your food prep routine and enjoy them at any time of day.
Unhealthy snacking is often the Achilles heel of an otherwise well-rounded diet. When you’re hungry between meals, it’s difficult to make a diet-conscious choice unless you’re prepared. Temptation is everywhere girl and it’s often the easier decision to just grab a bag of chips from the store.
But us lifting girls don’t go down the easy route. Instead of getting hangry and making rash decisions, include some of these tasty snacks in your meal plan. You’ll enjoy a guilt-free treat and add more protein to your diet. It’s all round bonuses.
5 easy high-protein snack recipes
To help you make your own snacks and add a new, hunger blocking dimension to your diet plan, we’ve found five super simple high-protein snack recipes. You can batch cook these delicious treats and always have them on hand to combat hunger and keep your protein levels topped up.
High-protein chocolate smoothie
Put a delicious twist on a plain protein shake. This is a whole lot creamier and more satisfying than your usual post-workout drink, making it feel like a more indulgent choice. Who could say no to such a tasty, yet guilt-free chocolate smoothie.
- 200ml unsweetened almond milk
- 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt
- Half of one banana
- One scoop of your favorite chocolate protein powder
- Put all of these in your blender
- Blast them until the mixture is smooth and ready to drink
- Store in the fridge until you need a snack
This is a great choice for a satisfying, mid-morning treat. What’s more, the yogurt and banana add a creamy texture that tastes so good, you won’t even notice you’re not having the real thing.
Protein muffin in a cup
This little snack is not only a chocolatey treat, it’s packed full of protein – perfect if you’re in the mood for something sweet but don’t want to ruin your gains. What’s more, there are only four ingredients in this one, so you don’t have to be a culinary goddess whip up something delicious.
- Two scoops of chocolate protein powder
- 5g of cacao powder (cocoa powder is also fine)
- A gram of baking powder (just dip the very end of your teaspoon in for this)
- 60ml of almond milk
- Add all of your ingredients into a mug and mix well
- Put it in the microwave and cook for 45 seconds
For a little extra flavor, spoon some Greek yogurt on top, and maybe a couple of raspberries. It’s the perfect high protein snack recipe to give you a sweet treat before you head off to bed.
Peanut butter protein balls
If, like us, you’ve spent any time in the protein snack section of your local store, you’ll definitely have seen companies advertising protein balls on the shelves. Usually, they come with a pretty hefty price tag for such a small snack, but girls, don’t fall for that. You can make them yourself at home.
- One and a half cups of rolled oats
- Two scoops of vanilla protein powder
- Half a teaspoon of cinnamon
- Half a cup of peanut butter
- Two teaspoons of agave nectar
- A third of a cup of chocolate chips
- Two to four table spoons of almond milk (or milk)
- Put your protein powder, oats and cinnamon into a large bowl
- Add the agave nectar and peanut butter and stir it all together
- Include your chocolate chips in the mixture
- Pour in your milk and mix it all together using your hands
- If the mixture is too dry and isn’t becoming sticky, add in more of the liquid slowly. It should still hold its shape.
- Take some of the mixture, enough to make a small ball
- Roll it between your hands to create the ball
- Turn the whole mixture into equally sized balls and place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to harden
- Store them in your fridge until you need a snack
These useful snack balls are ideal if you’re looking for a pre workout boost. The oats give them plenty of slow release energy so you can max out in your next gym session. Pair it with our favorite pre workout drink, 4 Gauge for next level results in the weights room.
Cottage cheese bowl
This delicious snack is the perfect mid-morning treat. It’s an easy, tasty way to bring more variety to your dishes and more protein to your diet. Simply put these ingredients in a container and enjoy it whenever you need to put a stop to those hunger cravings.
- Half a cup of cottage cheese
- A quarter cup of chopped walnuts
- Two teaspoons of agave nectar
- A handful of raspberries
- Put the cottage cheese into a bowl
- Sprinkle the walnuts and raspberries on top
- Douse the ingredients in agave nectar
It really is that simple to make this one. It’s a tasty, protein-packed alternative to a yogurt and will satisfy your sweet tooth after a meal.
Peanut butter protein bar
A protein bar is a fantastic way to get your protein fix in an easy-to-consume format. You can buy these, but often the flavors are a little too synthetic for us, we prefer to make our own so you know exactly what’s going into it.
- Two cups of rolled oats
- Eight pitted, chopped medjool dates
- A cup of runny peanut butter
- Two tablespoons of agave nectar
- One teaspoon of vanilla extract
- Two scoops of vanilla protein powder
- Blend your oats in the food processor until it turns to fine oat flour
- Add the rest of the ingredients and blend them all together on a high setting until it begins to look like dough
- Take a tray baking pan and line it with parchment paper, or rub the bottom and sides with coconut oil
- Put the dough into the tray and spread it out evenly
- Place the tray in the freezer for around 30 minutes to set, then cut until equal sized bars
We’re self-confessed peanut butter fanatics, and this protein bar delivers on flavor, as well as your muscle-building macro. It’s the perfect way to fill up on all the right stuff, as well as enjoying a sweet treat.
Add these tasty bites to your meal prep repertoire and perfect the art of guilt-free snacking. With them on the menu, you can keep those pesky hunger pangs away, avoid temptation and add to your performance at the gym. You’re welcome girls.
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