5 Quick and Healthy High-Protein Snacks for the Busy Holiday Season

Eating healthy during the holidays doesn’t have to be a challenge. 

Staff Writer
Staff Writer
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December 1, 2023

The holiday season is notorious for its hectic pace, making it challenging to stick to healthy eating habits. However, maintaining a balanced diet doesn't have to be hard, even when life gets busy. To help you stay on track during the festive chaos, we've curated a list of five easy, healthy, and high-protein snacks that you can whip up in no time.

1. Greek Yogurt Parfait with Berries:

  • Start with a base of protein-rich Greek yogurt. You can also substitute for an Icelandic Skyr like this one, an editor-favorite at Headlines over Sidelines. 
  • Layer it with fresh berries like strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries.
  • Top it off with a sprinkle of granola, seeds, or chopped nuts for added crunch and nutrients. Add a drizzle of honey on top for extra sweetness, if desired. 
  • This parfait is not only delicious but also packed with protein, probiotics, and antioxidants.

2. Protein-Packed Trail Mix:

  • Create your own trail mix by combining a variety of nuts such as almonds, walnuts, and cashews.
  • Add seeds like pumpkin or sunflower seeds for an extra protein boost.
  • Mix in some dried fruits like apricots or cranberries for a touch of sweetness.
  • Portion it into small snack bags for a convenient and satisfying on-the-go protein snack.

3. Roasted Chickpeas:

  • Drain and rinse a can of chickpeas, then pat them dry.
  • Toss the chickpeas in olive oil and season with your favorite spices like paprika, cumin, and a pinch of salt.
  • Roast in the oven until golden and crunchy.
  • Chickpeas are a great source of plant-based protein and fiber, making them a perfect crunchy snack that doesn’t need to be refrigerated. 

4. Cottage Cheese and Fruit Bowl:

  • Combine cottage cheese with a mix of fresh fruits like pineapple, mango, and kiwi.
  • Drizzle with a touch of honey for natural sweetness.
  • Cottage cheese is rich in casein protein, providing a slow and steady release of amino acids to keep you satisfied.

5. Turkey and Cheese Roll-Ups:

  • Take slices of lean turkey breast and spread them with a thin layer of cream cheese or your favorite spread.
  • Add a slice of your preferred cheese and a handful of baby spinach or arugula. For an extra touch, warm up the turkey and melt the cheese in the microwave or in a pan on the stove before adding leafy greens. 
  • Roll them up for a protein-packed, low-carb snack that's perfect for those busy moments.

Staying healthy during the holiday season doesn't have to be a challenge. With these five easy and nutritious high-protein snacks, you can fuel your body with the nutrients it needs while tackling the demands of the festive season. Whether you're hosting a gathering or navigating a busy schedule, these snacks are a tasty and satisfying way to maintain your well-being during this joyous time of the year.

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