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The 25 Best Protein Snacks at the Supermarket

These satisfying bites let you have your snack and slim down, too.

The 25 Best Protein Snacks at the Supermarket

These satisfying bites let you have your snack and slim down, too.

Americans have a dual obsession with snacking and eating more protein. In fact, recent surveys have revealed that 91 percent of adults snack at least once a day and 71 percent actively aim to add more protein to their diet. Good news if you fall into both camps: science is in favor of consuming—and combining—the two. Adding low-sugar, protein-packed snacks to your daily diet can help fuel weight loss efforts by boosting metabolism and reducing hunger pangs. Sounds like a delicious way to drop a few extra pounds to us!

Luckily, you don’t have to keep bags of chicken breast or turkey in your bag in order to reap the benefits. There are plenty of portable, non-perishable ways sneak in some protein. Next time you go to the grocery store, don’t get overwhelmed and load up on your go-to snacks. With this list as your guide, shopping and snacking for weight loss have never been easier.

1

Powerful Yogurt Plain

Protein Punch: 25 grams

Powerful Yogurt uses a proprietary straining process to help retain the yogurt’s natural protein, which comes from its pasteurized milk base. While it only boasts two or three more grams of protein than its primary competitors, the extra protein is beneficial if you’re looking to pack on some extra muscle or trim down. Mix in some cinnamon and a few fresh blueberries for a burst of added flavor. (Bonus: blueberries are one of the best fruits for weight loss.)

2

Seapoint Farms Dry Roasted Edamame

Protein Punch: 11 grams

Getting sick of snacking on almonds and walnuts? Mix things up (while still satisfying that craving for something crunchy) by incorporating packs of dry roasted edamame into your snack-time lineup. There are 11 grams of soy protein and six grams of belly-filling fiber in each 100-calories serving—it doesn’t get much better than that!

3

Go Raw Organic Simple Flax Snax

Protein Punch: 6 grams

This raw, organic snack is made from sprouted flax and sesame seeds, and tomato powder. It provides the crunch you crave from a bag of chips but doesn’t carry the unhealthy fats or excess calories.

4

Watusee Foods Spicy Cayenne Chickpeatos

Protein Punch: 6 grams

These protein-packed, crispy, roasted chickpeas are hot, hot, hot! Foods loaded with capsaicin—the compound responsible for giving chilies their fire—have been proven to reduce belly fat, suppress appetite and boost thermogenesis—the body’s ability to burn food as energy.

5

LARABAR Uber Mixed Roasted Nut Bar

Protein Punch: 6 grams

Almonds, roasted cashews, peanuts, pecans and macadamia nuts are the shining stars of this snack bar while honey, dates and tapioca syrup add a hint of sweetness. We can’t get enough of this protein-packed, sweet-and-salty combo.

6

Lemon & Pepper Seasoned Tuna Medley With Crackers

Protein Punch: 18 grams

This tuna comes pre-seasoned with lemon and pepper, eliminating the need for mayo or sauces to amp up the flavor. Plus, this kit comes with a little knife and a few crackers so you can easily eat this protein-packed mini-meal no matter when you are when hunger strikes.

7

Health Warrior Chia Bar

Protein Punch: 3 grams

If you’re not ready to commit to buying an entire bag of chia seeds, but you’ve always wanted to give the superfood a try, these bars are for you. Loaded with omega-3s, fiber, protein and antioxidants, this tropical flavored snack will tide you over without stuffing you to the brim.

8

Field Trip Jerky Cracked Pepper Turkey Jerky

Field Trip Jerky Cracked Pepper Turkey Jerky

Protein Punch: 12 grams

Unlike Slim Jims, which use scary ingredients like sodium nitrite and monosodium glutamate (MSG), Field Trip’s take on the classic, naturally protein-filled snack is free of preservatives, MSG, nitrites and corn syrup. Plus, it’s lower in fat and sodium than many conventional varieties, which is just another reason it earns a place on our list.

9

Wild Garden Hummus Single Serving Tertrapack

Protein Punch: 6 grams

The best part about this hummus is that it’s portable and non-perishable. Grab a pack along with a baggie of raw veggies or some whole grain crackers for a belly-filling snack on the run.

10

Horizon Organic Mozzarella Cheese Sticks

Protein Punch: 8 grams

They’re portable, fun to eat, and packed with protein and calcium—just a few of the reasons we’re such big fans of these cheese sticks. They’re a welcome addition to both kids’ lunchboxes and adults’ brown bags.

11

KIND Nut Delight Snack Bar

Protein Punch: 6 grams

KIND uses real fruit, peanuts, almonds, walnuts, Brazil nuts and not much else to make this wholesome snack. Coming in at 210 calories, this bar is great for warding off the afternoon slump or satisfying a craving for something sweet and crunchy.

12

EPIC Grass Fed Animal Protein Bison Bar

Protein Punch: 11 grams

These Paleo, gluten-free bars are made from hormone-free meats and poultry, organic spices and dried fruit. Although we don’t have any bones to pick with the wholesome ingredient list, they’re a bit high in sodium. Your best bet is to enjoy one after a sweaty workout. Since you’ll have just depleted your sodium levels, the extra salt may be beneficial, plus the protein can help rebuild the muscles broken down during your gym sesh.

13

Friendship 1% Lowfat Cottage Cheese, 5 oz

Protein Punch: 20 grams

To mix things up, opt for this oft-overlooked grab-and-go dairy item in lieu of your daily yogurt. For its low sugar and fat counts, it packs an impressive 20 grams of protein into its diminutive 5-ounce container. Find the taste a bit bland? Mix in a few small pieces of pineapple or melon. Both fruits make for a delicious pairing.

14

Crunch Pak Dipperz Sweet Apples with Peanut Butter

Protein Punch: 5 grams

This snack pack may be reminiscent of your days on the playground, but its protein and vitamin-filled nutrient profile is nothing to kid about.

15

KRAFT Cracker Barrel Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese Bars

Protein Punch: 5 grams

This creamy snack is loaded with calcium and protein, and is an excellent source of deliciousness, too! Nibble on it solo or pair it with an apple for a balanced snack break.

16

Simply Protein Herb Simply Protein Chips

Simply Protein Herb Simply Protein Chips

Protein Punch: 15 grams

If you typically reach for a bag of Lay’s when your stomach starts to rumble, opting for these chips is the perfect way to eat your cake and have it, too. Made from pea protein and a sprinkling of dried parsley, garlic and onion, this gluten-free, protein snack is better for you than traditional crisps and is a delicious way to add some extra nutrients to your diet, too.

17

Justin’s Classic Almond Butter Squeeze Pack

Justin’s Classic Almond Butter Squeeze Pac

Protein Punch: 7 grams

Ounce for ounce, almonds are one of the most nutritious nuts. On the run? Rip open the top of the squeeze pack and eat the butter right from the pouch. For more of a sit-down snack, smear some of the flavonoid-packed spread onto a few pear slices.

18

Snack Out Loud Crunchy Bean Snack Sea Salt

Snack Out Loud Crunchy Bean Snack Sea Salt

Protein Punch: 7 grams

Made from farm-fresh roasted beans, a touch of sunflower oil and a pinch of sea salt, this portable, pre-portioned snack is easy to throw into purse, briefcase or gym bag. With seven grams of protein and fiber, it’s sure to keep you satiated until your next meal.

19

Nature’s Path Qi’a Superfood Chia, Buckwheat & Hemp Cereal

Nature’s Path Qi’a Superfood Chia, Buckwheat & Hemp Cereal

Protein Punch: 6 grams

With impressive protein and fiber counts, and a whopping 1500 mg of omega-3 fatty acids (about what you’d get from an order of salmon), this is a great go-to granola that will help keep your arteries clear and your brain fired up.

20

Eggland’s Best Hard-Cooked Peeled Eggs

Eggland’s Best Hard-Cooked Peeled Eggs

Protein Punch: 10 grams (per 2 eggs)

These are natural eggs, cooked, peeled and ready to eat. Enjoying them is as easy as topping them with a pinch of salt and pepper before popping them in your mouth!

21

Emerald Nuts Simply Peanuts, Almonds & Cashews

Emerald Nuts Simply Peanuts, Almonds & Cashews

Protein Punch: 6 grams per ounce

Although nuts are a great source of protein and healthy fats, they’re pretty calorie-dense and easy to overeat. That’s why we love these 100-calorie packs. They provide all the energy-boosting nutrients your body needs while keeping portions in check.

22

Trader Joe’s Crispy Crunchy Broccoli Florets

Trader Joe’s Crispy Crunchy Broccoli Florets

Protein Punch: 7 grams per bag

Snacking on broccoli is a great way to boost your daily protein and veggie intake. The only downside? If you don’t have access to a refrigerator, it can be difficult to keep them fresh and crisp. These packaged, vacuum-fried florets make it easy—and delicious—to eat your veggies on the go.

23

Genisoy Deep Sea Salted Soy Crisps

Genisoy Deep Sea Salted Soy Crisps

Protein Punch: 5 grams per 17 crisps

This low-fat, baked alternative to traditional fat-laden chips offers a solid five grams of soy protein per serving. If your cravings lean toward salty pretzels and chips, this might be your new—healthy—snack obsession.

24

Luke’s Organic Bean & Seed Multigrain & Seed Crackers

Protein Punch: 5 grams per 12 crackers

This gluten-free, organic snack uses a combination of brown rice, millet, quinoa and amaranth flour to pack five grams of protein into every serving, making them substantial enough to enjoy on their own. Can’t stomach plain crackers? Pair them with a pre-portioned piece of cheese.

25

Love Grown Foods Hot Oats Blueberry Banana Walnut

Love Grown Foods Hot Oats Blueberry Banana Walnut

Protein Punch: 7 grams

Hot Oats cups make healthy protein-rich snacking easy and satisfying—without adding globs of sugar like some other brands. Keep a container or two in your desk drawer. When you’re eyeing your go-to vending machine indulgence, nip that unhealthy urge in the bud by simply adding water to one of these before zapping it in the break-room microwave. Your waistline will thank you.