25 Best Store-Bought High-Protein Snacks

Americans have a dual obsession with snacking and eating more protein. In fact, an NPD report shows that consumers want to get more protein in their diet but a whopping 71 percent don’t know how much they should getting (for reference, it’s at least 46 grams for women and 56 grams for men). Adding low-sugar, high protein snacks to your daily diet is an easy way to meet that quota.

High protein snacks can help fuel weight loss efforts by boosting metabolism and reducing hunger pangs. “Although snacks usually get a ‘bad rap’ for dieters, they can be quite essential when selected wisely. Proteins aren’t considered the building blocks of our bodies for nothing” says Bonnie Balk, RD, and Health & Wellness Expert for Maple Holistics.

“Snacks high in protein that are eaten between meals can reduce hunger, prevent overeating at mealtimes, and can help maintain weight loss,” says Balk.

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 to sneak in some protein. Next time you go to the grocery store, don’t get overwhelmed. Instead, use this list as your guide to shop for the healthiest store-bought high-protein snacks. If you’re looking for more protein-packed goods, don’t miss these best low-sugar protein bars.

How we chose the best store-bought high-protein snacks.

Not just any snack landed on our list. We consulted registered dietitians to come up with some nutritional guidelines to follow when making our picks.

How much protein should you aim for? “I try to make sure the protein serving is 8 to 15 grams. If it’s over 20 grams, you won’t absorb all of it,” says dietitian Jessi Holden, MS, RDN, CSOWM. While you should aim to get at least 8 grams of protein in your high-protein snacks, we’ve also included some snacks with at least 6 grams of protein in case you want to mix and match.

Besides protein, what other nutrients should you look for? “I try to aim for a snack with less than 15 grams of sugar, and maybe some fiber, and healthy fats depending on the food,” says dietitian Kasey Hutchinson, RDN, owner of Vibrant Nutrition, RD.

What about ingredients? “It is important to read the nutritional label. Avoid snacks high in saturated fats. Be mindful of snacks that are high in sodium and preservatives,” says Lee Cotton, RDN, LDN.

With these tips in mind, we put together a list of the 25 best store-bought high protein snacks that follow these guidelines. Many of them are approved by dietitians themselves.

The following store-bought, high-protein snacks have at least 6 grams of protein per serving.

1. siggi’s Icelandic-Style Yogurt, Orange & Ginger

Protein Punch: 17 grams

Siggi’s Icelandic yogurt goes through multiple straining stages to increase the yogurt’s natural protein content. Per ounce, siggi’s has some of the highest protein counts on the market. And the extra protein is beneficial if you’re looking to pack on some extra muscle or trim down. Balk says she’s a big fan of siggi’s. “With its high protein content and minimal additives, it is a great choice as part of a breakfast meal, or snack.” If you’re looking to avoid sugar, Balk recommends selecting the plain flavor and adding in your own fresh fruit for sweetness.

2. Purely Elizabeth Cranberry Pumpkin Seed Ancient Grain Oatmeal

Protein Punch: 9 grams

Oatmeal 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.

3. Wild Friends Classic Creamy Peanut Butter Squeeze Pack

Protein Punch: 8 grams

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

4. Seapoint Farms Dry Roasted Edamame

Protein Punch: 10 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 high protein snacks lineup. There are 11 grams of soy protein and six grams of belly-filling fiber in each 100-calories serving! “SeaPointe Farms Roasted Edamame is an excellent source of iron and calcium and makes for a great between-meal snack or pre-dinner appetizer!” adds NYC-based dietitian Rachel Fine, MS, RD, CSSD, CDN, and owner of To The Pointe Nutrition.


P6rotein Punch: 12 grams

“As a rule of thumb, if you can pronounce all the ingredients listed in the nutrition facts, you’re in a good place. With RXBAR, there are 12 grams of protein per bar, stemming from egg whites, almonds, and cashews,” says Balk.

6. Saffron Road Chipotle Crunchy Chickpeas

Protein Punch: 6 grams

These high protein snacks are packed with crispy, roasted chickpeas that 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.

7. Lemon & Pepper Seasoned Tuna Medley With Crackers

Protein Punch: 19 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.

8. Health Warrior Chia Bar

Protein Punch: 8 grams

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

9. Field Trip Jerky Original Beef Jerky

Protein Punch: 13 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 (they even eschew the “natural” alternative celery juice powder), 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.

10. PECKISH PECK Packs, Eggs & “Fried Rice”

Protein Punch: 12 grams

Egg protein is one of the cheapest, simplest sources of this macronutrient. “The incredible, edible egg is the ultimate high-protein snack,” says Laura Lagano, MD, RDN, CDN, integrative & functional nutritionist with an in-person & virtual private practice. “Eggs are a complete protein, portable in the hard-cooked version, and tasty. Numerous stores are selling hard-cooked eggs as snacks and a relative new-comer, Peckish, offers organic eggs with various crunchy dips. Love this product!”

11. Blue Moose of Boulder Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Protein Punch: 8 grams

The best part about this hummus is that it’s portable. Snack on the high-protein hummus with the flax crackers or grab a pack along with a baggie of raw veggies for some extra belly-filling fiber on the run.

12. Horizon Organic Mozzarella Cheese Sticks

Protein Punch: 7 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.

13. Sargento Balanced Breaks Natural White Cheddar Cheese with Almonds and Dried Cranberries

Protein Punch: 7 grams

This snack pack is made with simple ingredients: cheddar cheese, almonds, and dried cranberries, and less than 200 calories per container. It has good protein-to-carb ratio with 14 grams of carbs and 7 grams of protein which will satisfy you without spiking your blood sugar.

14. Good Culture Organic Whole Milk Cottage Cheese

Protein Punch: 19 grams

To mix things up, opt for this oft-overlooked grab-and-go dairy item in lieu of your daily yogurt. With a low sugar count, it packs an impressive 19 grams of protein into its diminutive 5.3-ounce container. “The fact that [Good Culture’s Cottage Cheese] includes live and active probiotics makes it a good alternative to anyone that does like yogurt but still wants to have a high protein snack that can help with gut heath,” says dietitian Emily Tills, MS, RDN, CDN, founder of Nourished With Emily.

Find the taste a bit bland? Mix in a few small pieces of pineapple or melon. Both fruits make for a delicious pairing.

15. KIND Fruit & Nut Snack Bar

Protein Punch: 6 grams

KIND uses real fruit, peanuts, almonds, walnuts, Brazil nuts and not much else to make their wholesome high protein snacks. Coming in at 200 calories, this bar is great for warding off the afternoon slump or satisfying a craving for something sweet and crunchy.

16. EPIC Grass-Fed Beef Apple, Bacon 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.

17. Rhythm Superfoods Kool Ranch Kale Chips

Protein Punch: 6 grams

These kale chips are made by dehydrating organic kale that’s been tossed with a bold blend of herbs and spices. Rhythm Superfoods’ Kool Ranch Kale Chips are not only lower in calories and fat than Doritos, but they also serve up way more impressive amounts of two essential vitamins: vitamins A and K.

18. Enlightened Bada Bean Bada Boom Spicy Wasabi Crunchy Broad Beans

Protein Punch: 7 grams

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

19. Eggland’s Best Hard-Cooked Peeled Eggs

Protein Punch: 12 grams (per 2 eggs)

These are organic 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!

20. Emerald Almonds

Protein Punch: 6 grams

Nuts are a great source of protein and healthy fats; they provide all the energy-boosting nutrients your body needs while keeping portions in check. You’ll get 6 grams of protein for just 160 calories. “Almonds also make a great snack because they’re high in vitamin E, copper, and magnesium,” says Fine.

21. Our Little Rebellion Protein Crisps

Protein Punch: 10 grams

This gluten-free snack uses a combination of soy protein flour to pack 10 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.

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

Protein Punch: 6 grams

With impressive protein and fiber counts, and a whopping 1,500 milligrams 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.

23. Iconic Protein Drink

Protein Punch: 20 grams

Using grass-fed protein from New Zealand cows milk, ICONIC makes a high-quality protein drink with not a lot of sugar. It’s a great option for a healthy workout recovery or when you’ve got a meeting planned during lunch.

24. gimMe Seaweed Thins, Sriracha Almond

Protein Punch: 6 grams

This high protein snack pack might have the appearance of a child’s snack, but its protein and vitamin-filled nutrient profile is nothing to kid about.

25. KIND Healthy Grains Almond Butter Whole Grain Granola Clusters

Protein Punch: 10 grams

Start your day with delicious whole grains and 10g protein per serving. We combined creamy almond butter with our crunchy super grain blend and a touch of cinnamon to create a snack that’s perfect to enjoy by the handful or paired with milk or yogurt. That’s a much better a.m. meal than one of the worst breakfast foods on the planet.