Three Powder Free Protein Snacks

Three Powder Free Protein Snacks

Not everyone loves a protein shake and even if you do, they get a bit boring. 

Here are 3 easy snack recipes to keep that protein intake high without protein powder:

Cheese and Bean Mini Quesadillas

There’s a little cooking involved but make time for it. This tasty little snack will keep you feeling full.

Combine a quarter or half a tin of beans (try black beans, pinto beans or kidney beans), salsa, cheddar cheese and a small whole-wheat tortilla for a protein packed snack. Cook for 20 minutes.

Beans and cheese are known for their high protein count. 

Roasted Chickpeas

Forget the crunch of greasy crisps. Roasted chickpeas deliver a better flavour, more crunchiness and better nutritional value.

Open a can of chickpeas, drain it and pour onto a prepared overproof dish or tray. Flavour them as you wish, then pop in the oven. 

Try simple salt and pepper or add a spice kick with chilli flakes and garlic. For an additional protein hit add a little cheese. 

Enjoy them in small bags as a snack or even add them to salads or to the side of meals.

Peanut Protein Bites

Four ingredients and a sweet pudding-like flavour – what’s not to like?

Add three tablespoons of oats, 1.5 tablespoons of butter, half a tablespoon of honey and a scattering of chocolate chips to a bowl.

Roll out the mixture into balls and chill in the fridge.

Once they harden a little, each protein bite is sweet and moreish whilst maintaining that high protein level.

There’s nothing wrong with your daily protein shake but sometimes it’s fun to mix it up and each of these snack ideas is just one way you could swap something else in, saving your shakes for another time.

The Author

Jessica Ambrose

Jessica is a fitness writer who loves long distance running, yoga, strength training and healthy eating.


Claire H.
8 May 2017

Claire H.

Hi Paula, you can use oil for roasted chickpeas but you don't have to. Just make sure you use seasoning - I like 1/2 tsp each of salt and paprika.

Charlie M.
7 May 2017

Charlie M.

protein shakes set my teeth on edge. Give me real food any day and these look great.

Paula C.
5 May 2017

Paula C.

Roasted chickpeas never seem to work for me and I've never enjoyed the two times I've tried. Not sure if I'm doing it wrong. Are you supposed to add oil to them?

Sean S.
4 May 2017

Sean S.

Cheese and Bean quesadillas are so easy, and we have them as a quick lunchtime snack. Also, try them with shopping up the tortillas into bite-sized pieces first - great TV grazing food!

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