12 High Protein Vegetarian Snacks To Stay Fueled Through The Day

Do you know how much your body loves protein? Your body and protein have an intimate relationship that makes it biologically hard for you to survive without it. Protein does a lot for your body that you may not be aware of, and it’s essential to have an ample supply of this great macronutrient.

Transitioning from a meat-based to a meatless diet means that you’ll need to find new protein sources. We know how difficult this is, so we’ve put together 12 high-protein vegetarian snacks that you’ll enjoy. Here are a few snacks you can consider.

1. Chia Pudding

Along with being high in protein, chia pudding has several other benefits. It’s rich in omega-3 fatty acids that promote heart health by regulating blood sugar levels. Chia seeds also have antioxidants, potassium, iron, and calcium.

Chia pudding is easy to make, and you can whip it up with as few as three ingredients. Steep chia in plant-based milk and leave it overnight to swell. Chia seeds can absorb up to ten times their weight, which gives them a consistency close to tapioca.

Once it’s done steeping, stir in the fruit of your choice to give it some sweetness. If you want to make it smoother, set your blender to pulse and blend it up. You can even add cocoa to give it a chocolate flavor!

2. Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars

Speaking of cocoa, here’s a snack chocolate lovers will go crazy for! This snack packs a few fan favorites into one delicious bar, so you are sure to love it. These will require a few ingredients, but they’re packed with protein and taste delicious.

Ingredients

Directions

Mix all the dry ingredients, add the wet ingredients, and stir until it forms into a firm dough. Next, flatten the dough in an 8×8 pan, melt the chocolate in the microwave, and drizzle it on top. 

After that, pop them in the freezer, let them chill for a few minutes, and then cut and eat when you’re ready.

3. Farro Protein Bowl

Farro has been around for thousands of years, and just as it served ancient people, it now serves us. It’s a great source of protein, fiber, minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants. 

When you’re making your bowl, you’ll be combining farro with chickpeas, hummus, tempeh strips, roasted sweet potato, roasted almonds, arugula, carrots, and mixed greens.

This protein bowl is easy to prepare. You can have it ready in 45 minutes and enjoy the 21 grams of protein it provides. Most ingredients can be swapped to your liking based on the season.

4. Plant-based Yogurt

The protein levels will vary here since your options are diverse. Plant-based yogurt can be made from almonds, pea milk (don’t laugh), cashews, oats, and even soy. Soy typically packs the most protein content out of all of them, coming in at around 10 grams per portion.

Most off-the-shelf yogurt will be a smooth blend of several protein sources. Be careful with your choice, though, since some may be high in sugar and possess other unwanted additives. 

Once you find one that suits you, you won’t have to worry about giving up yogurt because of your diet.

5. Smoothies

Smoothies are a great way to have both a healthy snack and a dessert. Making high-protein vegan smoothies often involves nuts and nut butter, seeds (chia, sunflower, hemp, etc.), and whole grains like oats. That’s a great blend of protein you can consume comfortably without worrying about straying from your diet.

If you want a little more protein, you can add vegan protein powder to the mix. Plant-based yogurt is also a great choice for increasing flavor and protein content. You can find tons of low-cost, high-quality recipes for smoothies that keep you going throughout the day.

6. Hummus

This is another one that can be whipped up at home or bought at the supermarket. Hummus is great with a lot of things, so get creative with how you pair it with other snacks. You can have it with sliced apples, zucchini, carrots, chips, or add it to salads.

High-protein hummus can be made from chickpeas, black beans, or white beans. It’s loved by many, even non-vegetarians, for its flavor and diversity. You can pair it with anything for a healthy and delicious snack.

7. Roasted Chickpeas

Now we’re getting more into the grab-and-go stuff that requires next to no preparation on your part. Roasted chickpeas are great for weight loss too since they’re low in calories and high in fiber. They are salty, crispy, and crunchy foods that you’ll mindlessly snack on without worrying about negative health impacts.

8. Roasted Nuts

Want more of that toasty flavor? Pick up a pack of roasted nuts at the store or roast your own at home in the oven. Roasting them at home gives you more control over the flavor since you can add more spices.

You can get up to 7 grams of protein per 1 ounce. If you’re feeling adventurous, try curried cashews or spiced pecans. If you just want something mellow to boost energy, roasted peanuts should be fine.

9.  Seeded Crackers

If you’re looking for a healthy and high-protein saltine substitute, try seeded crackers. They have the crunch that snackers love and can be paired with dips or hummus. You can find these at the store or make your own with your unique spin on it.

10. Socca Flatbread

Here’s something else you can dip! This bread is made from chickpea flour, so you’re getting protein and fiber. If you love pizza, then you can use Socca as your base.

It’s a crispy treat from France that everyone will enjoy. Socca flatbread is a bit like a pancake but a lot more filling. You can add all sorts of toppings to it as well.

11. Apple Nachos

If you’re good with choosing and administering toppings, then you’ll love making apple nachos. They’re very simple to put together and can be quite delicious. This snack is basically sliced apples that have been drizzled with chocolate and layered with a few more toppings.

If you want to boost the protein content, don’t hesitate to add chopped nuts, hemp hearts, and sunflower seeds. For added taste, include dark or white chocolate chips, caramel, and granola for a bit of crunch.

12. Tofu

Different tofus will have varying protein yields, so seek out the best ones. Super firm tofu has about 11 grams of protein. You can have tofu in a variety of ways due to its versatility. 

We hope this list has helped you determine which great high-protein vegetarian snack to try next. Each selection was chosen to give you the energy and nutritional benefit you need to get through your day. Be as creative and explorative as you want as you try each of them.

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