5 high protein snacks for when you’re on the go

High protein snacks can help keep you energized and on the go throughout the day. These five snacks are also easily portable, so they’re there when you need them on the road.

1. Pumpkin Seeds

One cup of pumpkin seeds has 12 grams of protein, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Lightly roast them before a trip and keep them stored in a plastic storage bag or other container, and you’ll have a high protein snack at hand for your trip.  You can add to their flavor with a pinch of salt or add a teaspoon of your favorite spices before you roast them.

2. Roasted Chickpeas

Chickpeas are a great source for protein, with just one cup of chickpeas offering 39 grams of protein, according to the USDA. You can toss them in olive oil and then season according to your preferences, then roast them in the oven on a baking sheet for 30-40 minutes. Cook them in advance and bring them along on your trip for a high protein and portable snack.

3. Greek Yogurt and Granola 

One standard container – about 170 grams – of nonfat Greek yogurt has 17 grams of protein. Add granola to that, which has about 10 grams of protein for every 100 grams, and you’ve got a delicious high protein snack. Different brands offer granola with additional protein, so you can add even more protein to this snack if you prefer.

4. Hummus Dippers in a Jar

In a Mason jar or similar container, add hummus to the bottom and then add cut up carrot sticks and celery sticks. Put the lid on and store it inside your cooler or your truck’s refrigerator. Depending on the amount of space in your cooler, you could make a few of these up before a trip to have on hand. According to the USDA, one cup of the hummus alone offers 19 grams of protein.

5. Mixed Nuts

Nuts are packed with nutrients, including large amounts of protein. One cup of oil roasted mixed nuts has 27 grams of protein, according to the USDA. Toss some of your favorite types of nuts in a plastic food storage bag and you’ve got your own personalized trail mix for the road.