Gone are the days of having to dread the taste of cardboard in order to stay fit. You can now grab a healthy snack and enjoy it too. Read on for 12 healthy foods to go!

1. Chocolate milk

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Yep, you read that correctly, chocolate milk is actually a great source for getting your high quality protein! You can get shelf-stable boxes and keep them in your bag, but make sure it’s a single serving so you don’t overdo it. Try to buy low-sugar brands.

1 cup of 1% low-sugar chocolate milk = 9 grams protein.

2. All-year-round Thanksgiving

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Who said you can only have certain foods on Thanksgiving? A mix of cheese, veggies, deli meats, and dried cranberries can become a delicious snack packed with protein.

1 slice of whole grain bread, 2 slices of turkey, 1 leaf of lettuce, 1 slice of Swiss cheese, 1 tomato, 1 tsp. mustard, and 1 tsp. dried cranberries = 20.4 grams protein.

3. Tuna & crackers

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Not only does tuna provide your protein, but it has omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D to boot. Add in some whole wheat crackers, and you’ll have a very simple but satisfying meal.

1 single serving pack of albacore tuna salad with 11 whole wheat crackers = 12 grams protein.

4. Toasted quinoa

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Here’s a way to enjoy this gluten-free food slightly sweet and toasted. You can put it on top of yogurt or simply eat by a handful.

1/3 cup of quinoa mixed with 1/2 tbsp. ground flax, 2 tbsp. maple syrup, and 2 tbsp. shredded coconut, all toasted for 10 minutes at 425ºF = 9.4 grams protein.

5. Basic burrito

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If you are craving some spice, this is a bite-size party for your mouth. The cheddar and black beans provide the most protein, and the salsa has a small amount of powerful lycopene (which fights cancer). You can also switch out the cheese for more beans.

2 tbsp. black beans (mashed), 2 tbsp. cheddar cheese, 1 tbsp. salsa, and 1 whole wheat tortilla  = 8.4 grams protein.

6. Grapes-and-cheese sticks

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Cut up the cheddar cheese into small squares (about 6 of them), then place the cheese and the grapes on toothpicks. Not only do they go great together, but the protein benefits are high as well.

1 ounce of cheddar cheese with 6 grapes = 7.1 grams protein.

7. Protein bites

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This one takes four ingredients with no baking involved. Take some nut butter, honey, oats, and dark chocolate and put it all together to get a protein-rich snack, combined with antioxidants and fiber.

3 tbsp. oats, 1/2 tbsp. dark chocolate chips, 1/2 tbsp. honey, and 1 1/2 tbs. nut butter, all rolled into balls = 8 grams protein.

8. Popcorn with a cheesy twist

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When popcorn is not drowning in butter or other flavorings, it is actually a healthy snack rich in fiber. You can sprinkle it with nutritional yeast to add additional protein.

3 cups of popcorn (air popped) with 2 tbsp. nutritional yeast and a bit of salt = 8.9 grams protein.

9. Healthier puppy chow

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It actually exists! The healthier version has less sugar and replaces powder with honey and protein. Although not really considered to be a healthy food, one serving will give you a nice protein boost and satisfy your sweet tooth.

3/4 cup of Chex with a coating of 1/2 tbsp. honey, 1 1/2 tbsp. dark chocolate chips, 1 1/2 tbsp. peanut butter, and 1/2 tbsp. vanilla protein powder = 10 grams protein.

10. Cheesy version of kale chips

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Potato chips is one snack that is nearly impossible not to go overboard with because who really eats just a single serving and stops? Many would say it’s easier to just avoid them completely. However, next time you want some chips, try the homemade kale ones. Two cups will provide 40% of your daily values in vitamin A and C as well as protein.

2 cups of kale leaves, 2 tbsp. nutritional yeast, and 1 tbsp. olive oil baked for 15 minutes at 325ºF = 9 grams protein.

11. Roasted chickpeas

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Chickpeas actually provide more than hummus. You can roast them for a quick snack with seasonings for added flavor. Take them with you in a bag and snack on the go!

3/4 cup of roasted chickpeas, 1 tbsp. olive oil, cayenne pepper, and salt = 9 grams protein.

12. Homemade Chia Pods

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This is a great way to get your protein, but it does mean some pre-planning as it takes 4+ hours to chill. First, soak the chia seeds in milk (non-dairy is best) using a portable container. Then, let them soak there for a few hours. This snack offers over 30% of your daily values in iron, calcium, and magnesium.

1 cup of almond milk, 1/4 cup of chia seeds, and 12 tbsp. honey = 7 grams protein.

We hope you enjoyed reading about these 12 high-protein snacks that are portable and healthy. Have yourself a happy healthy snack!

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