As a busy mother, it can be hard to find time for yourself, let alone to prepare healthy, nourishing snacks. But that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice nutrition for convenience.
Say goodbye to unhealthy snacks full of processed ingredients and say hello to nutritious options that don’t require hours in the kitchen.
Read on if you’re ready for healthier snacking habits but don’t know where to start! You won’t regret making room for these 23 dairy-free high-protein snacks in your day.
Chips, Doritos, and snacks high in sodium, fat, and sugar can easily become a go-to snack. Try replacing them with one of the most protein-rich seeds: pumpkin seeds! They contain more than 5 grams of protein per cup, and pumpkin seeds also boast a range of other minerals like zinc, magnesium, and iron.
Avocado Toast With Nut Butter
Enjoying a piece of toast can be as simple and nutritious as topping it with mashed avocado and nut butter. Avocado is packed with healthy fats, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and protein (4 grams per cup). Adding almond or peanut butter to your toast will give you extra protein and flavor!
Granola is a great way to get your crunchy fix and also add some extra protein to your diet. Try making your own with grain-free ingredients like nuts, seeds, coconut flakes, and dried fruit. This will give you more control over the sweetness of your granola and help keep it low in sugar. Simply combine all the ingredients in a food processor or blender, spread them on a lined baking sheet, and bake at a low temperature until they’re crispy.
Roasted Seaweed Snacks
Seaweed is an excellent source of vegetarian protein, containing about 6 grams per 100-gram serving. It’s also a good source of iodine, which is important for thyroid health. You can find roasted seaweed snacks at most grocery stores these days, or you can make your own by roasting sheets of seaweed in the oven with a little bit of oil.
Cucumber Rounds Topped with Hummus
This simple snack is perfect for busy mothers on the go! Slice up some cucumbers into rounds and top them with your favorite hummus recipe. Not only is this a great source of protein – hummus contains about 4 grams of protein per ¼ cup serving – it’s also packed with vitamins and minerals.
Tahini Energy Bites
These no-bake energy bites make a great snack or breakfast on the go! Simply mix together tahini (about 7 grams of protein per ¼ cup), oats, nut butter, chia seeds, and flaxseed to create a nutritious and delicious snack. Add in some dried fruit for a bit of sweetness if you like.
Apple Slices With Peanut Butter
Craving something sweet? Reach for an apple sliced up with some all-natural peanut butter (4–6 grams of protein per tablespoon). This combination will give you a delicious dose of energy and has the perfect balance of sweetness and savoriness.
Chia Pudding With Berries
This dairy-free chia pudding is both nutritious and filling! Simply stir chia seeds (full of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and 4 grams of protein per ounce) with your favorite non-dairy milk to make a creamy pudding. Add some fresh berries for an antioxidant boost, or try adding cocoa powder for a chocolatey treat.
Banana Lettuce Wraps
This unique snack will become one of your favorites in no time! Wrap up banana slices with lettuce leaves for a tasty treat that’s high in protein – 1 cup of lettuce contains 1.2 grams of protein – and fiber. Try adding some nut butter or tahini to your wraps for an extra nutrient boost.
Homemade veggie burgers make a great snack, especially when made with lentils! Lentils are full of protein (about 9 grams per cooked cup) as well as fiber and other essential vitamins and minerals. Mix them with canned beans, oats, and spices to create delicious patties that can be enjoyed on their own or in a bun.
Falafels are a popular Middle Eastern snack made from mashed chickpeas and herbs like parsley, cilantro, garlic, and onion – all of which provide protein, fiber, and other essential nutrients. Serve your falafels over a bed of quinoa or greens for an extra punch of protein and fiber.
Quinoa Veggie Salad
This simple quinoa salad is packed with plant-based proteins from the quinoa (8 grams per cooked cup) and vegetables. Add in some beans for even more protein for a delicious and filling snack that’s sure to keep you full until dinner!
Polenta Stuffed Peppers
These stuffed peppers are made with polenta, which contains about 5 grams of plant-based protein per ½ cup serving, fiber, and other vitamins and minerals. Fill them up with diced veggies like mushrooms, onions, carrots, tomatoes, and spinach for an extra nutrient boost.
These tempeh sliders are a great way to get more plant-based protein into your diet! Tempeh contains about 12 grams of protein per ½ cup serving, as well as plenty of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and even some omega-3 fatty acids. Serve them up with a side of salad or roasted veggies for an all-around nutritious snack.
These delicious zucchini fritters are made with chickpea flour (which contains about 7 grams of protein per ¼ cup), shredded zucchini, onion, garlic, and herbs like parsley and dill. They make a great snack on their own, or you can even add in some vegan cheese to make them extra indulgent.
Lentil Tacos with Sweet Potatoes
These tacos are made with lentils (again providing about 9 grams of protein per cooked cup), sweet potatoes, and other tasty vegetables. Serve them up with lettuce wraps for an all-around nutritious meal that’s sure to satisfy your cravings!
Quinoa Salad Pizza
This pizza is anything but ordinary! It’s made with quinoa (8 grams of protein per cooked cup) instead of traditional pizza dough, giving it plenty of plant-based proteins. Add some veggies like mushrooms, bell peppers, and tomatoes for an extra nutrient boost.
Smoothies make for a great snack – especially green smoothies! By blending greens like spinach, kale, or chard with your favorite fruits and non-dairy milk, you’ll get a delicious and nutritious drink that provides plenty of energy to get you through the day.
Almond Butter Cookies
These vegan almond butter cookies are full of flavor and texture, thanks to the combination of creamy almond butter (containing about 7 grams of protein per ¼ cup) and crunchy rolled oats (which provide 4 grams of protein per ½ cup). Serve them with a glass of cold almond milk for an extra protein boost.
Hummus is a great source of plant-based proteins (about 6 grams per ¼ cup serving), fiber, and other essential vitamins and minerals. Enjoy it in wrap form with some veggies like cucumber, tomato, lettuce, and carrots for an extra nutrient boost.
Plant-Based Burrito Bowls
Burrito bowls are a delicious way to get your fill of plant-based proteins – just make sure to use a vegan protein source like black beans or tofu! Add in some brown rice or quinoa for even more protein, and top your bowl off with guacamole for good measure.
Banana Oat Muffins
These banana oat muffins are full of nutrients, thanks to the combination of mashed banana, rolled oats (4 grams of protein per ½ cup), and almond milk. Enjoy them as a snack or breakfast with a spoonful of nut butter for an extra protein boost.
Tofu is a great source of plant-based proteins, containing about 8 grams per ½ cup serving. These vegan tofu nuggets are easy to make, and they’re sure to be a hit with kids and adults alike! Serve them with ketchup or your favorite dipping sauce for an extra flavorful snack.