9 Protein Packed Snacks That Travel Well - No Cooler Needed!

Sarah Kesseli
Written By: Sarah Kesseli
February 4th, 2015
Updated: June 13th, 2020
Categories: Articles Nutrition
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9 Protein Packed Snacks That Travel Well
Kick unhealthy snack to the curb with these 9 healthy, and high-protein treats that aren't only delicious, but travel-friendly as well!

Travel is very common for most of us.  Whether it is our daily commute, travel for work, vacation or big events like The Arnold coming up next month, being prepared with plenty of high protein snacks is a must when you are trying to stay on track with your fitness goals.   

If the trip is short enough, you can pack your cooler with easy items such as grilled chicken, hard boiled eggs and greek yogurt. But when a cooler isn’t an option, you can still be prepared with these 10 protein packed snacks!

1. Protein Muffins

One of the more easier and popular snacks that are travel-friendly. Protein muffins are great since there's countless ways you can spice up your mix to make your tastebuds happy, whether it's blueberries, banana-nut, or these Apple Spice Muffins! Additionally, they're easy to toss in a bag and are portion controlled too.

2 muffins = 15.2g protein

Protein Muffins

2. Puppy Chow

Puppy chow is one of the best choices for travel because not only is this easy to make into a big batch for multiple snack sessions, it's great for sharing too. Nothing beats being on the road and being able to reach into a container full of gluten-free Protein Packed Puppy Chow to satisfy chocolate cravings while getting in a hefty dose of protein.

1 serving = 14.2g protein

3. Protein Pancakes

Yes, I said pancakes! Like any other snack, you can modify them into being a lot healthier than they're usually made out to be. An excellent example of this is the High-Protein White Chocolate Raspberry Pancake recipe that combines FlapJacked Protein Pancake Mix, Sweet Spreads White Chocolate CocoNutter, and a white Chocolate Raspberry Quest Bar for good measure.

1 serving = 15g protein

White Chocolate Raspberry Protein Pancakes

4. Chocolate Dipped Apples

Another super-simple snack idea involving the one thing that keeps the doctor away: apples! Take some protein powder and just enough water to make it extra-thick, mix in some Nuts N More Chocolate Peanut Butter, and spread this creamy mixture on your favorite kind of sliced apple. It's like giving your apple a delicious makeover that will surely be appreciated by your tastebuds.

1 serving = 20g protein

5. Roasted Chickpeas

With the option to add flavor to them with your favority type of seasoning, chickpeas are a great travel-friendly snack. Try this quick recipe next time you're craving something delicious and healthy: Drain and rinse one can of chickpeas. Toss together your favorite brand of unflavored protein powder and spicy seasoning. Coat the chickpeas in one tablespoon olive oil and then toss in seasoned protein. Bake in a preheated 450 degree oven, on a lined baking sheet, for about 15 minutes. Toss and return to the oven for an additional 15 minutes. Easy enough, right?

1 serving = 8g protein

Roasted Chickpeas

6. Protein Almonds

Definitely can't list protein snacks that travel well without almonds. Apart from being considered an excellent source of healthy fats, almonds are super versatile so they're fantastic with almost everything. A delicious example of this is mixing whole almonds in melted SweetSpreads Cinnamon Roll CocoNutter and tossing in your favorite vanilla or cinnamon-flavored protein powder, and voila!, you've got yourself Protein Almonds. You can easily portion these out too, which is an added plus.

1 serving = 10g protein

7. Homemade Protein Bars

Homemade Protein Bars are perfect for when you're feeling creative, and want to control what ingredients you want in your bar. These Chocolate And Peanut Butter Protein Bars are a fantastic option to keep in mind if you're looking for something delicious and guilt-free. Not only are they easy to make, also they're cost-effective, provide a whopping dose of protein, and did I mention that they're delicious? Throw a couple of these in your travel bag and you've got yourself one of the best to-go snacks ever.

1 bar = 23.5g protein

Homemade Protein Bars

8. Turkey Jerky

Jerky is a classic, and classics never die. Instead of buying some from the store, be a little adventurous and make your own! Thinly slice turkey breast and marinate it in your favorite kind of dressing overnight. The next morning line the bottom of your oven with tinfoil and preheat it to 170 degrees. Place the turkey directly on the oven rack and allow it to cook for 3 hours, flip it and cook it for another 3 hours. Allow it to sit for 24 hours before enjoying some of the best Turkey Jerky you've ever had.

1 serving = 20g protein

9. Double Protein Tuna

Nothing is easier than this snack: Quest Protein Chips and Tuna. If you haven't made yourself familiar with these great-tasting, healthy chips, do so. These protein chips boast 21 grams of protein per bag, and are low in carbs and fats. Adding tuna to the mix will double up the protein, which is never a bad thing.

1 serving = 38g protein

Posted on: Mon, 01/25/2016 - 21:05

What's the serving size on the roasted chickpeas?

Posted on: Wed, 02/18/2015 - 18:24

Sarah- These are all awesome ideas for traveling! Keep up the amazing recipes.

Jody - Fit at 57
Posted on: Wed, 02/18/2015 - 09:34

I love Sarah!!!!! She has such great recipes!!!!!!!!!!